PM Scott Morrison says his ‘strength’ got Australia through COVID-19 pandemic

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit back over attacks on his character by Labor, claiming it provided the “strength” to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Morrison spoke with Today host Karl Stefanovic the morning after he called a federal election for May 21.

Amid a barrage of electioneering, the prime minister faced some direct questioning.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called a federal election for 2022. (Today)

“If this election is based on character – which is are a pretty easy task for Labor – you lose, don’t you?” Stefanovic said, clarifying later that he referred to Mr Morrison as an individual.

“My character, I’m happy to stand by every single day. Every single day because it’s the strength that we’ve needed to get through this pandemic,” Mr Morrison said.

“Not everybody agrees with everything I’ve done and not everybody will necessarily like me but what they will know is that when we face this crisis we ploughed through with the right plan to keep our economy strong, to save lives, to stand up to the threats in our region.”

Mr Morrison’ also confirmed that under-fire former Education Minister Alan Tudge remained a member of his Cabinet despite standing aside from his ministerial role.

Mr Tudge stepped down as Education Minister in December after he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by a former staffer.

He has denied the allegations and remains on the backbench.

“He stood aside and we had that inquiry and it was found there was nothing there which would prevent him continuing on as a minister,” Mr Morrison said.

“He’s decided to stay aside for health and family reasons until the next election and if he wishes to rejoin the Cabinet he will be welcome. He’s technically still part of the Cabinet.”

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Mr Morrison also confirmed he would name a replacement for outgoing Health Minister Greg Hunt this weekend.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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