Cop that, mate: Australian PM denies lying as he battles fallout from disastrous Glasgow trip

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Australian premier curate Scott Morrison has been forced to code allegations helium repeatedly lies arsenic the fallout from his disastrous travel to the G20 and the Glasgow clime league continues.

Two weeks aft the French president, Emmanuel Macron, labelled Morrison a liar connected the satellite stage, the Australian person defended himself against accusations he is routinely escaped with the truth, culminating with a talkshow vigor big baldly asking if helium had ever told a prevarication successful nationalist life.

“I don’t judge I have, no. No,” helium said connected Friday morning, earlier laughing.

At the decision of the G20 gathering successful Rome, Macron told assembled media that helium “knew” Morrison had lied erstwhile asked if helium thought the person of Australia’s centre-right Coalition authorities had lied over the cancellation of a $90bn submarine declaration Australia had held with France.

Morrison’s predecessor arsenic premier minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was speedy to backmost Macron’s characterisation, telling reporters astatine the Cop26 league his erstwhile treasurer “lied to maine connected galore occasions”.

“Scott has ever had a estimation for telling lies,” helium said.

Since then, Morrison has been forced to support his record, a imaginable made much hard arsenic helium attempts to re-position his government’s clime grounds aft astir a decennary of obstruction and denial.

The Labor absorption has seized connected the premier minister’s discomfort, accusing him of “lying astir lying” arsenic Morrison attempts to re-write immoderate of his erstwhile nationalist comments connected issues specified arsenic electrical vehicles and the Australian vaccination rotation out.

During the past predetermination campaign, Morrison rubbished electrical vehicles arsenic being incapable to tow boats oregon trailers and accused the absorption of wanting to “end the weekend”, aft Labor acceptable an aspirational people to promote EV uptake successful the sluggish Australian market.

In launching his ain government’s electrical conveyance propulsion earlier this week, which includes a threadbare argumentation aimed astatine expanding hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and assisting the backstage assemblage successful mounting up charging stations, Morrison denied helium had ever criticised EVs.

Morrison claimed helium had “never” attacked electrical vehicles, contempt his on-the-record comments, and wrongly insisted determination had been a “massive change” successful the exertion successful the 950 days since helium made the archetypal comments.

It was the aforesaid maneuver helium deployed erstwhile faced with questions implicit his repeated assertion Australia’s vaccine rollout was “not a race” – a remark he made connected aggregate occasions earlier this twelvemonth as Australians struggled to entree a Covid vaccine.

Scrambling to deflect disapproval implicit his government’s relation arsenic overmuch of Australia laboured nether a Delta earlier this year, Morrison denied helium had been speaking astir the vaccine programme itself and had been referring to regulatory support (despite the vaccines having already been approved erstwhile helium made the comments).