Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied embarrassing himself and Australia by his online address to the Davos World Economic Forum.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a highly influential annual event held in the Swiss township of Davos that brings together the political, business, and community leaders of major economies.
In recent years impacted by the coronavirus pandemic the WEF has taken the form of physical meetings and addresses as well as virtual events and speeches by global leaders.
When the WEF session chair in Davos crossed via satellite to Mr Morrison for his address yesterday delegates saw the Prime Minister live from Canberra dressed in his Cronulla Sharks NRL cap and scarf and swigging beer. (main picture)
Mr Morrison began his remarks by telling what observers described as “daggy dad” jokes but he was soon interrupted by a staff member who dragged him off the screen.
The satellite signal from Canberra cut out for several minutes but was reconnected and Mr Morrison then delivered his prepared speech warning about China’s expansionist policies that were creating political tensions in the Indo-Pacific region, although he did not name China as the source of the problems. (pictured)
A source within the Prime Minister’s Office said Mr Morrison had misread his daily diary and believed his virtual address was being beamed to Davo’s.
“That’s why he was asking staff beforehand for any jokes he might tell, and that’s why he asked for some chilled beers which we all thought was a bit odd,” the source said.
At an event later in the day Mr Morrison denied making a fool of himself and the nation with his bungled address. In fact he denied making any address at all.