Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison slams claims he’s mocking Anthony Albanese’s name
Now Anthony Albanese is under fire for poking fun at the unusual name of a political opponent, after he made a fuss with the Liberal campaign slogan “it won’t be easy under Albanese”.
- The Liberals are using the campaign slogan “it won’t be easy under Albanese”
- The Labor leader complained that in a speech to Italians at the Marconi Club in Sydney
- Scott Morrison responded by saying the Labor leader was ‘beautiful’ and a ‘hypocrite’
Scott Morrison accused Anthony Albanese of hypocrisy for making fun of liberal Senator Zed Seselja’s name and then complaining about the Coalition’s campaign slogan.
The prime minister called the Labor leader “beautiful” and “hypocritical” after he claimed the slogan “it won’t be easy under the Albanians” made fun of his name.
On Wednesday night, Albanese bagged the catchphrase in a speech to Italians at the Marconi Club in Sydney.
“People my age and older in this room will know that at school people made fun of their name,” he told the crowd.
Anthony Albanese (pictured in Adelaide on May 9) has complained about signs saying “it won’t be easy with Albanese”.
“My opponents think it’s still okay to make fun of someone’s name in their advertising, and that’s something they need to consider.”
Asked on Thursday if he finds the slogan racist, the Labor leader said ‘no’, but added: ‘People have told me in the Italian community that they are concerned.’
The prime minister dismissed Albanese’s complaint, saying that 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, in the last election, we had a campaign that said “the bill you can’t afford with Labour.”
He then criticized his counterpart for making fun of Pacific Minister Zed Seselja, who shares his name with the antagonist in the Hollywood movie Pulp Fiction and has a Croatian surname.
“He’s being a bit of a hypocrite… He’s very happy to criticize and abuse me, like he has for the last three years, I’m old enough to accept that.”
‘If he’s so precious and he can’t hack a campaign, then how the hell is he going to run this country?’
Labor mocked Senator Seselja’s name after the Solomon Islands signed a security deal with China last month and sent it 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 listen to Zed, I just think of Pulp Fiction.”
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja last month.