Scott Morrison refuses to ally with the doomed Western Australian liberal opposition leader on the campaign trail
- Mr Morrison’s spokesperson said he may not be going to WA due to calendar conflicts
- The prime minister could fly from the ACT to WA without going into quarantine
- In October, Morrison flew to Queensland to aid the LNP leader’s campaign
The prime minister has declined to commit to participating in the campaign trail of the Western Australian opposition leader.
WA liberal leader Zak Kirkup received a potentially fatal blow on Saturday when Scott Morrison spokesman said the leader may not be able to fly over due to calendar conflicts.
“He is currently assessing all options,” said the spokesman. ‘At this stage it can go in any direction.’
WA Liberal Leader Zak Kirkup (pictured) invited Scott Morrison to join him on his campaign trail
Pictured: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a Volvo truck during a visit to the Wacol Volvo truck manufacturing facility in Brisbane on January 22
‘But it just depends on the prime minister’s calendar. It depends on the whole situation at the time. ‘
The spokesperson said Mr Morrison should reconsider closer to the date, but added that he is ‘happy’ to go to WA despite going there in his own campaign in the 2019 federal election.
Kirkup, who has struggled to make a good impression on WA residents, is trying to win people over after a disastrous 2017 election result in which Labor leader Mark McGowan won 41 out of 59 seats.
Pictured: Mr. Morrison stands in the rain while visiting the sales yards in Winton, Queensland, January 19
Despite a lack of a liberal presence in the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Morrison has remained extremely popular in the state, with the federal party winning 11 out of 16 seats in 2019.
While Mr. Kirkup has blamed coronavirus border restrictions for Mr. Morrison’s refusal to accept the invitation, ACT residents are not required to go into quarantine upon arrival in WA.
“While we hope he can make the crossing during the campaign, the reality is that Covid’s travel restrictions make it too difficult to plan in advance,” said Kirkup. The Western Australian.
The prime minister will spend the next month in the federal parliament in Canberra, which will allow him to fly to the western state and help with the campaign immediately.
Pictured: Mr Morrison feeds a goat on a visit to the family property of Tully Bunginderry Station outside Quilpie, Queensland on January 19
A police spokesman told the publication that Mr. Morrison would be allowed to fly to WA from any other state under special exceptions.
“ The Prime Minister and his staff, if they hold Commonwealth office, may be provided with a modified quarantine guidance that is appropriate to their Commonwealth duties and which provides an exemption from the 14 days of self-quarantine if they come from a low risk jurisdiction, ” said the spokesman. said.
Morrison flew to Queensland in October to assist Liberal leader Deb Frecklington’s campaign.
Western Australia state elections will be held on March 13.