‘Bulldozer’ PM Scott Morrison admits leadership style has to change

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has admitted his leadership style will need to change if the Coalition is re-elected, as Australia emerges from years of crisis mode.

Morrison’s tenure as leader has been marked by emergencies such as bushfires, floods, and of course the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has also struck hawkish notes on China and national and regional security, raising tensions with Beijing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has admitted his leadership style will need to change. (9News)

Speaking today just eight days out from the election, he conceded he had only shown one style of leadership.

“Over the last three years and particularly the last two, what Australians have needed from me going through this pandemic has been strength and resilience,” he said.

“Now, I admit that hasn’t enabled Australians to see a lot of other gears in the way I work. And I know Australians know that I can be a bit of a bulldozer when it comes to some issues and I suspect you guys know that too.”

He said his “strength and determination” had been a necessary part of the prime ministership in the past three years.

Scott Morrison joins UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden to unveil new AUKUS defence pact to counter China. September 16, 2021
Mr Morrison said his “strength and determination” had been needed for crucial developments such as the AUKUS pact. (9News)

“That’s been pretty important, to ensure we’ve been able to get through some of the most important things that we’ve had to do, and land some really big security agreements with the United States and the United Kingdom, but also I would say with the Japanese government,” Morrison said.

“You’ve got to be pretty determined to be able to land those sorts of things.”

“But as we go into this next period on the other side of this election, I know there are things that are going to have to change with the way I do things. Because we are moving into a different time.”

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The press conference was largely characterised by an attempt to shift to a positive outlook, rather than warning of the dire fate that awaited a Labor-led Australia.

Morrison spruiked the opportunities that awaited Australia, saying the country was now living with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Yes, there are large numbers of cases each day and sadly we are losing Australians,” he said.

“And as we have said many times, when people are passing away, they may have COVID when they pass away, but we all know that that doesn’t mean that was the contributing factor to their death.”

But nonetheless, he said, Australia was looking forward.

“Resilience and strength is what we needed, and that will continue to be needed, but it’s also about ensuring the dividend of what we’ve done gets to fix those problems in aged care, gets to ensure that we are supporting people with disabilities, that we are investing in the hospitals and the schools,” he said.

However, the “old Morrison” remained very much in evidence as he attacked Labor’s credentials on China, continuing a government focus that has been outside the historical norm of a bipartisan stance on commitment to national security.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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