PM cleans up in first debate

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has easily won the first leaders’ debate of the 2022 federal election, Sky News Australia and The Courier-Mail have reported overnight.

The joint conveners of the people’s forum in Brisbane said Mr Morrison virtually wiped the floor with a flustered and clearly outclassed Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, with 65 of the carefully selected audience of 100 uncommitted voters giving the at-times heated debate to the PM.

Twenty-eight gave the debate to Mr Albanese, with seven remaining undecided over who won.

SkyNews After Dark presenter Peta Credlin (in main picture on a previous occasion with Mr Morrison) told her audience that the Prime Minister “was in a class of his own when it came to both the content of his arguments and the effortless, confident charm and charisma he displayed in delivering his vote-winning messages”.

The Courier-Mail/Sky News leaders’ debating forum will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday night at 7pm.

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News Corp Australia has avoided a potentially embarrassing high-level resignation from its political reporting staff in the second week of the current federal election campaign.

The Bug understands James Morrow (pictured), The Daily Telegraph‘s federal political editor and co-host of the far-right wing Outsiders political panel program on Sky News Australia, had threatened to quit following an editorial decision against running a story he wrote about Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese.

“James had written a lengthy ‘exclusive’ story about Albo’s latest ‘gaffe’ – this time trying to intimidate a couple of young kiddies by threateningly giving them a Nazi salute when he toured their flood-hit inner-Brisbane suburb at the weekend,” a Daily Telegraph source said. (pictured)

“It was quite a lengthy story that really got up Albo’s ribs and tore strips of the Labor Party for allowing its leader to revive memories of Adolf Hitler in an effort to scare young and impressionable children who have already suffered greatly through the recent floods.

“But when senior editorial staff rejected the yarn James hit the roof and threatened to resign which could have been very embarrassing for the paper and the News Corp Australia more widely. He felt his personal journalistic standards were being called into question.

“But he was assured the decision not to run his story was not a reflection on his usual output which News Corp greatly appreciates on behalf of its major client.

“He withdrew his resignation threat when it was explained to him that the story would have run – and on the front page – if Albo had been wearing a brown shirt,” the source said.