Scott Morrison Says He Won't Resign From Politics If He Loses The Election This Weekend
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Scott Morrison reckons he and the Coalition can pull off a win at the Federal Election this week and defy polling that currently indicates a Labor landslide.
Polling data shows that the Australian Prime Minister should start packing his bags at the Lodge as Newspoll is predicting Labor to come out on top with a 54-46 lead, according to The Australian.
The Prime Minister, however, seems unshaken.
Speaking with the ABC's 7.30 programme, he revealed he isn't thinking of resigning in the event of a Coalition loss or hung parliament.
"No, that is not something I'm contemplating because I'm not contemplating that being the scenario," Morrison said.
He then refused to speculate any further on the possible election outcome.
"I'm focused on one thing and that's ensuring our government continues," he told the ABC's Leigh Sales.
"The only person who has announced their retirement is you, Leigh, and I wish you very well in your retirement."
Morrison's comment was aimed at Sale's decision to step down from the ABC's flagship current affairs show.
Sales, however, is not retiring but will continue with the ABC in a new role.
Morrison did seem to concede that his personal popularity has been a key issue for the Liberal-National coalition.
He told 7.30 that, if given a second chance, he will change.
"People really just want to see me be more inclusive in terms of how I go forward," he said.
He also suggested he alienated some voters by 'acting decisively' during the coronavirus pandemic.
Morrison has faced significant criticism for his handling of the pandemic, with his government refusing to subsidise rapid antigen tests as prices skyrocketed and PCR testing sites closed due to the overwhelming backlog of tests.
LABOR has cemented its extended lead (Newspoll) over L-NP as the campaign enters its final weekend. Another horror week for the PM, marred by self-inflicted wounds, debate losses and major missteps — capped off by the PM saying from today we'll see the real Scott. #auspol pic.twitter.com/dbsSrKqVB0— PRGuy (@PRGuy17) May 13, 2022
The Morrison government has also been roasted in recent days for unveiling a plan to allow first home buyers to access their own superannuation to purchase a home.
There are fears it will contribute to the soaring housing market and damage retirement futures for young Aussies.
Morrison refuted these fears, despite Sales pointing out that his 'own superannuation minister Jane Hume said it would drive housing prices up short term'.
Instead, the Prime Minister argued the proposed policy would not impact housing supply and would work alongside another scheme designed to push older Australians into downsizing into smaller homes.
"The suggestion this will not have any sort of significant impact. I don't think bears up to scrutiny," Morrison said.