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Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Australian Prime Minister does not believe he lied while in office

This month, Scott Macron accused Morrison of lying to him about Australia’s decision to cancel a multibillion-dollar deal with France to build Canberra’s new submarine fleet.

Canberra:

On Friday, Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, said that he does not believe he has lied since being elected to parliament in 2007, denying charges made by French President Emmanuel Macron and others.

This month, Macron accused Morrison of lying to him about Australia’s decision to cancel a multibillion-dollar deal with France to build Canberra’s new submarine fleet.

Morrison’s critics became louder this week when he revealed that his government would invest A$178 million ($129.6 million) to assist electric vehicles three years after he scoffed at the technology.

Morrison, on the other hand, denied charges that he had lied when questioned on Friday.

Morrison told 3AW Radio, “I don’t believe I have.” “It’s all about politics. People constantly throw sledges at me… I’ve learnt over a long length of time in public life not to have a thin skin and not to become bitter.”

Morrison can’t afford to have his credibility questioned because he needs to run again in May 2022.

Morrison’sAccording to a Guardian Essential poll released this week, a coalition government is lagging the opposition Labor Party in surveys, with voter approval of the prime minister at its lowest level in 18 months.

Morrison’s approval rating has dropped from a high of 65 per cent in February to 48 per cent presently, according to the poll.

Allies have questioned Morrison’s trustworthiness, with EU President Ursula von der Leyen asking earlier this year if the group could reach a trade deal with Australia until trust was restored.

Last month, the European Union postponed the next round of discussions on a free trade agreement for the second time in solidarity with France.

France claims Australia failed to notify it of the cancellation until Canberra revealed its agreement with the US and the UK. Morrison denies this, and texts he made to Macron in the week following the announcement were leaked to local media.

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