Opinion

Forklifts and failures: PM's Wednesday presser was a doozy

Jenna Price
By Jenna Price
Updated January 21 2022 - 8:15am, first published January 20 2022 - 6:25pm
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media on Thursday, the day after he floated the possibility of lowering the age required to drive a forklift. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Justin Stevens, that polite young man who runs the ABC's flagship current affairs programs 7.30, explains his work woes each day with a tweet enumerating the many days the federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has refused to appear on the program. He has a list of the times Hunt has been asked for an interview, with little crosses next to the minister's name. May 2021 was the very last time the minister agreed to an interview. In the middle of a freaking pandemic. Pusillanimous. Spineless. Impuissant. And other synonyms for bad language we can't have in a family newspaper. In the meantime, Hunt's beleagured comms people must continue courteously to deny requests for their boss to be held accountable.

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Jenna Price

Jenna Price is a Canberra Times columnist and a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.