Now Anthony Albanese comes under fire for mocking a political opponent’s unusual name – after he made a stink out of Liberal campaign slogan ‘it won’t be easy under Albanese’
- The Liberals are using the campaign slogan ‘it won’t be easy under Albanese’
- Labor leader complained that in a speech to Italians at Sydney’s Club Marconi
- Scott Morrison hit back saying Labor leader was ‘precious’ and a ‘hypocrite’
Scott Morrison has accused Anthony Albanese of hypocrisy for mocking Liberal senator Zed Seselja’s name then complaining about the Coalition campaign slogan.
The Prime Minister branded the Labor leader ‘precious’ and a ‘hypocrite’ after he claimed the slogan ‘it won’t be easy under Albanese’ mocked his name.
On Wednesday night Mr Albanese bagged the slogan in a speech to Italians at Sydney’s Club Marconi.
‘People of my age and older in this room will know that in school people made fun of your name,’ he told the crowd.
Anthony Albanese (pictured in Adelaide on May 9) has complained about signs that say ‘it won’t be easy under Albanese’
‘My opponents think it’s still OK to make fun of someone’s name in their advertising, and that is a matter for them to consider.’
Asked on Thursday if he finds the slogan racist, the Labor leader said ‘no’ – but added: ‘People have raised it with me in the Italian community that they’re concerned about it.’
The Prime Minister dismissed Mr Albanese’s complaint, saying using names in slogans is normal.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jenny Morrison visit a construction company in Launceston, Tasmania on Thursday
He told reporters in Tasmania: ‘I don’t accept Anthony’s accusation. I mean, at the last election, we had a campaign that said ”the Bill you can’t afford with Labor”.’
He then blasted his opposite number for making fun of Pacific minister Zed Seselja who shares his first name with the antagonist in Hollywood film Pulp Fiction and has a Croatian surname.
‘He’s being a bit of a hypocrite… He’s quite happy to dish out criticism and abuse of me, as he has done over the last three years, I’m big enough to take that.
‘If he’s that precious, and he can’t hack a campaign, then how on earth is he going to handle running this country?’
Labor made fun of Senator Seselja’s name after Solomon Islands signed a security deal with China last month and he was dispatched to the Pacific nation.
In a 2GB interview, Mr Albanese said: ‘Australia’s response was not to send any serious delegation. They sent senator Zed Seselja.
‘Every time I hear Zed I just think about Pulp Fiction.’
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja last month