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As Morrisons chase the ‘cool Aussie’, hidden banana peels await

It was Scott Morrison’s so-called cool Australian who got him his shocking “miracle” election in 2019.

What remains unclear after the first week of campaigning is whether they are still with him or just quietly angry at how he has ruled over three years.

Morrison has projected an air of confidence, a leader who travels easily in meetings with activists across the country.

But most of his productions have been staged within an inch of his life.

After an unfortunate attempt at a Newcastle pub last week, the 2019 campaign abruptly called off a tour of the pub.

Yet he quickly recovered from that grueling encounter, as mistakes cropped up in Anthony Albanese’s campaign.

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Liberals are undoubtedly amazed at how quickly their fortunes have turned.

But if this week has shown anything, it’s that no one can see the banana skin coming off.

And if Labor and Albany can get their campaigns back on track, the ghosts of the candidates’ pasts remain that could well sabotage the Coalition’s re-election efforts.

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Anthony Albanese calls for an end to the confusion, speaking after the Good Friday church service

Albanese still seeking reset

The Easter long weekend was meant to bring with it a reset for the opposition leader.

Public tune in for the holidays, Labor argues, and Albany may resume Tuesday in his bid to become Australia’s next prime minister.

But as it has symbolized last week, Labor spent Good Friday under damage control after another mistake from the leader.

The Albanese was to start the day at a church service, after which he would present brief remarks, marking the most important day on the Christian calendar.

Comments came, but what came next were questions about why he had not given the cost of labor health policy to the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) earlier in the week, when it had not.

After three attempts to explain the situation to Labor, Albanese patted his back and left.

In politics, when you are explaining, you are losing.

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decoding the morrison message

Morrison never kept his faith a secret. If anything, he’s trading on it.

Take it tomorrow He repeatedly insisted that Good Friday is not a day for politics.

Yet he not only found time to stand in front of news cameras outside the church, but also to speak at length about the importance of faith to him.

A review of Labor’s 2019 campaign found the party was seen as anti-religion.

So here, standing outside the church, Morrison wants to remind his calm Australians.

A week ago he released a pre-campaign ad, which included a close-up of the wedding band on his left arm—subtly as a sledgehammer reminder compared to the Albanese is a divorcee.

The PM clearly feels comfortable on these issues.

But her entry into the lives of transgender Australians brought with it a quick comeback to a prime minister who may have flown too close to the sun.

A Man Smiles In Front Of A Microphone And A Line Of Reporters.
Despite “not a day for politics”, Morrison spoke at length to the media.,ABC News: Luke Stephenson,

Morrison’s sudden retreat

There are elements of the Liberal Party that think many of Morrison’s sober Australians are unsure how they feel about transwomen participating in women’s sporting events.

So on Monday it was perhaps not surprising that he would offer his personal support of the Tasmanian Liberal senator’s bid to change the Sex Discrimination Act to allow sports groups and clubs to exclude transgender women from single-sex sports.

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