ScoMo still likes it quiet

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SCOTT Mor­ri­son has again hailed his abil­ity to stand up for ‘quiet Aus­tralians’ while tak­ing a veiled swipe at ‘glob­al­ist pro­test­ers’.

The Prime Min­is­ter on Satur­day ad­dressed the an­nual state Lib­eral coun­cil meet­ing in Tas­ma­nia’s north, where his party won two cru­cial seats at this year’s fed­eral poll.

“I told this story not long after the elec­tion, I was walk­ing down Martin Place in Syd­ney and there was some­one scream­ing and shout­ing about some glob­al­ist is­sue,” he said in Devon­port.

“I said that doesn’t sound like a very quiet Aus­tralian to me. But peo­ple who don’t go around shout­ing, why? Be­cause they are too busy run­ning busi­nesses, look­ing after their fam­i­lies and work­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Prime Min­is­ter has pre­vi­ously hailed his un­ex­pected elec­tion suc­cess in May as vic­tory for the quiet Aus­tralians. Bass and Brad­don in Tas­ma­nia’s north and north­west were two work­ing-class seats that shifted hands from La­bor to Lib­eral. On his sec­ond visit to the state since then, Mr Mor­ri­son lauded his party’s eco­nomic man­age­ment.

“A strong econ­omy is the foun­da­tion. But it is not an end in it­self,” he said. “We see it as not be­ing about the num­bers but about the peo­ple.”

Mr Mor­ri­son, who re­cently vis­ited the Ap­ple Isle to at­tend a lo­cal AFL grand fi­nal, la­belled Tas­ma­nia as an eco­nomic turn­around state.

His com­ments come amid the fed­eral govern­ment fac­ing crit­i­cism for not un­der­tak­ing fur­ther stim­u­la­tory mea­sures to lift a slow­ing econ­omy, even as the Re­serve Bank ear­lier this week cut in­ter­est rates for the third time in re­cent months.

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