Scott Morrison calls out Anthony Albanese’s weight loss ahead of election 

Scott Morrison is called out for ‘bullying’ Anthony Albanese by slamming his new glasses, flash suit and 18kg weight loss as ‘pretending to be someone else’ – but does he have a point?

  • Prime Minister said he wore the same suits and the same glasses on Monday
  • Anthony Albanese has shed 18kg and embraced a new lifestyle in recent months
  • Morrison said ‘when you’re Prime Minister, you can’t pretend to be anyone else’

Scott Morrison has made a subtle dig at Anthony Albanese, saying unlike the Labor leader, he wasn’t ‘pretending to be anyone else’.

The Prime Minister suggested Mr Albanese’s 18kg weight loss and lifestyle transformation meant he didn’t know who he was, while speaking to Sky News‘ Paul Murray Live on Monday night about the upcoming election.

‘I’m not pretending to be anyone else. I’m still wearing the same sunglasses,’ he said as Murray burst out laughing.

‘Sadly, the same suits. I weigh about the same size and I don’t mind a bit of Italian cuisine … I’m not pretending to be anyone else.

‘And when you’re Prime Minister, you can’t pretend to be anyone else. You’ve got to know who you are, because if you don’t know who you are, then how are other people going to know?’  

Scott Morrison has made a subtle dig at Anthony Albanese, saying unlike the Labor leader, he wasn’t ‘pretending to be anyone else’

The Labor leader Anthony Albanese has shed 18kg and embraced a lifestyle transformation in recent months

The Labor leader Anthony Albanese has shed 18kg and embraced a lifestyle transformation in recent months

Last week, Mr Albanese had vowed he wanted to govern like the late Bob Hawke who ran the country from 1983 to 1991.

‘We must rediscover the spirit of consensus that former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke used to bring together governments, trade unions, businesses and civil society around their shared aims of growth and job creation,’ Mr Albanese told the AFR Business Summit.

Mr Morrison took another shot at the Labor leader’s comments.

‘You can’t all of a sudden turn up at an election and say, ‘Oh, I’m not that person I was for 20 years or 30 years’ and all of a sudden pretend you’re everybody from John Howard, Bob Hawke or Kevin Rudd,’ he said. 

Mr Morrison was treated to a round of applause for his revelation he still wore the same suits, but Nine political reporter Chris O’Keefe said his comments were an example of ‘schoolyard’ bullying.

‘That was a low go from the Prime Minister,’ O’Keefe said on the Today Show. 

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