Scott Morrison clashes with Leonardo Puglisi on 6 News
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has clashed with a teenager in an interview over his ‘story of lies’, slamming the media for taking him out of context.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quizzed by a teenage journalist over his “lies and falsehoods”, which drew criticism from some media outlets.
Leonardo Puglisi, who founded 6 News when he was in primary school, spent much of his interview with the Prime Minister on Wednesday night discussing allegations of lying.
Mr Morrison has accused ‘the media’ of twisting what he said about his visit to Hillsong Church and repeatedly referring to Sam Dastyari as ‘Shanghai Sam’.
“They completely took what I said out of context,” Mr Morrison said.
Puglisi went on to quote a Crikey article titled ‘A dossier of lies’ – detailing 50 times that Mr Morrison ‘lied’ while in public office.
Mr Morrison questioned Crikey’s credibility, saying “I can say that strongly”.
The prime minister also laughed at the ABC’s reference to fact-checking him, saying the things he said were taken out of context.
Puglisi doubled down, asking: ‘Don’t you think Australians care if their leader is telling the truth or not?
“They are quoted out of context. They are pursuing a line that they have been pursuing for some time,” Mr Morrison replied.
“I am frank with the Australian people.”
Mr Morrison said Labor had “peddled” a large number of demands.
“Australians know I’m straight with them and as politicians sometimes you can get a weird fact or a weird number wrong…it’s just stupid puns,” he said.
“What Australians are concerned about is their jobs, their national security, they are not interested in this type of juvenile debate.”
The prime minister also answered questions about the federal budget and its impact on the election, which he referred to national security and defense spending.
Not being old enough to vote, Mr Puglisi asked the prime minister if he thought he had won the trust of young people.
Mr Morrison said his government had helped create more jobs for young people and increased spending on youth mental health.
“If you don’t get a job by the time you’re in your twenties, then the chances of you living a life on welfare go up like a rocket,” Mr Morrison said.
Puglisi asked if the Prime Minister felt responsible for voters in most states and territories siding with Labor in recent elections, to which he replied “no”.
Earlier today, before the interview aired, Puglisi told ABC’s The Drum that he did not expect to receive as much pushback from Mr Morrison as he did .
“I don’t think we expected so much pushback, but I think we responded well, and it’s not every day we get pushbacks, but not usually from the Australian Prime Minister,” did he declare.