In a lighter moment during a grueling campaign, Scott Morrison burst into laughter during one of his famous shots after overhearing a reporter recording her piece on camera just feet away.
Morrison spent millions on mental health on Thursday morning and campaigned with Liberal MP Bridget Archer in her fringe Tasmanian seat of Bass.
Following the morning’s announcement, Mr Morrison stopped by a local bowling club with media cameras in tow for one of his signature photo opportunities.
Pictured: Mr Morrison heard the reporter describe him as ‘making his way through Bass’ and started laughing as he prepared to bowl
Pictured: Sky News reporter Andrea Crothers burst into laughter after the Prime Minister heard her lawn bowl-inspired pun
With the attitude of a pro, Mr. Morrison lined up the jack and got ready to roll a bowl.
A meter or so away, Sky News presenter Andrea Crothers didn’t pass up the chance to squeeze in a bit for the camera.
“Scott Morrison makes his way through Bass for the fourth time…” Mrs. Crothers began, but couldn’t go on after Mr. Morrison laughed at her terrible pun.
Mrs. Crothers then realized she had been bugged and started laughing herself.
Mr Morrison has become known as the king of photo opportunities, one of the reasons for his popular online name ‘Scotty from Marketing’.
The Prime Minister is known for participating in TV shows trying to get a job as an employee in a factory or retail store, even kicking off a popular Twitter handle #ScottyFromPhotoOps.
Scott Morrison drills a hole in the Norship shipyard on Day 18 of the 2022 federal election campaign, in Cairns. Veteran broadcaster Neil Mitchell has asked the PM why he’s doing ‘dumb photo opportunities’ on the radio
In February – before the elections were called – the Prime Minister was widely criticized for washing a young woman’s hair at a hair salon on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
In Tasmania, earlier in the campaign, Mr Morrison was filmed struggling to open a whiskey barrel and pound zinc at the Hobart Nyrstar smelter.
Most famously, in February, he washed a young woman’s hair at a hair salon on the Mornington Peninsula in February before the election was called, which was widely criticized by commentators at the time.
“The images of the Prime Minister’s hands massaging the student’s scalp and temples evoked a visceral response in thousands of us, including myself. Not in a good way,” former Liberal MP Julia Banks said in an opinion column.
Mr Morrison during his infamous welding incident in February this year, when he took off his safety mask
He was also given anti-aircraft fire for a sight-threatening blunder that no Australian would ever make.
Mr. Morrison was seen lifting his welding helmet before turning on his welding machine and exposing his retina to the intense light.
When opposition leader Anthony Albanese attacked the prime minister, he told Nova: “If you want someone without a mask to weld and play a ukulele… kind of… Scott is your man.”
“I think people want him to do his job, and his job was to order enough vaccines and rapid antigen testing. His job was to plan (for) the crisis in aged care,” the Labor leader said.
Morrison taps whiskey from a cask at Lark Whiskey Distillery on Day 19 of the 2022 federal election campaign, north of Hobart, Tasmania
Morrison plays pool with residents of the Lifestyle Communities Mount Duneed retirement village on Day 22 of the 2022 federal election campaign in South Geelong, Victoria
But the prime minister has since hit back at his critics, saying at the beginning of the month that he did the photo shoots because he liked learning what the country’s students were doing.
“I know you love campaigning, but do those silly photo opportunities ever make you sick?” The best 3AW breakfast host Neil Mitchell asked Mr Morrison.
“That’s not how I see them, Neil,” Mr Morrison replied.
“Whether it’s cutting hair or working in tool shops or whatever – we currently have 220,000 apprentices in the trade. What I like to do is stand there with a student showing me what they are learning. And then I’m going to try,’ explained Mr Morrison.
“I try to understand what they’re learning, and I’m really proud of what they’re doing.”
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