Scott Morrison is finally bringing out the big guns as he limps battered and bruised towards the 2022 election: a 60 Minutes interview.
Scott Morrison is finally bringing out the big guns as he limps battered and bruised towards the 2022 election: a 60 Minutes interview with his wife, Jenny Morrison.
Featuring Karl Stefanovic sipping a margarita in the kitchen of the Prime Minister’s taxpayer-funded Kirribilli House and the threat of watching ScoMo cook a curry, again, the exclusive interview will air on Sunday.
But the promo clip suggests there’s one subject the couple warned was “too soon” to joke about – the Prime Minister’s ill-fated trip to Hawaii with his wife and family in 2019 that he tried to hide from the public.
After asking the couple what they might find time to do if they win the next election, Stefanovic then adds, “you could go to Hawaii!”.
The suggestion leaves both Jenny and her husband Scott briefly speechless before looking at their laps.
“Too soon,’’ Stefanovic adds, before they both agree it was “too soon” to joke about.
The Prime Minister famously agreed to take his kids to Hawaii after cancelling a previous trip and promising his wife that the overseas summer holiday would definitely go ahead.
The 60 Minutes interview is also expected to canvass the Brittany Higgins furore, including her husband’s revelation that he had to be told to think about it “as a father” by his wife.
Ms Higgins has criticised Mr Morrison for a comment he made after she went public with allegations she was raped at Parliament House in 2019.
“Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me, ‘you have to think about this as a father. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?’” Mr Morrison had said.
“Jenny has a way of clarifying things. Always has. And so, as I’ve reflected on that overnight and listened to Brittany and what she had to say.”
Ms Higgins told the national press club on Thursday that sometimes the Prime Minister’s language had been “shocking and, at times, admittedly offensive” over the past year.
“But his words wouldn’t matter if his actions had measured up. Then, or since,” she said.
“I didn’t want his sympathy as a father, I wanted him to use his power as Prime Minister.
“I wanted him to wield the weight of his office and drive change in the party and our parliament, and out into the country.”
Jenny Morrison emerged as something of a campaign weapon during the 2019 election campaign and the Prime Minister often refers to her sage advice in interviews.
She’s even going to answer the question of what advice she would have given to her 16 year-old self, the age at which she started dating her husband.
The couple have previously spoken out over her long battle to conceive and multiple rounds of IVF.
“Yes, I was very sad that I couldn’t have children. That framed a lot of my life,’’ Mrs Morrison said previously.
“I sent this message out to my friends saying, ‘This is just my path and, if children aren’t on it, then there’s a far better plan happening for me anyway’, so I just got on with the journey and that was a turning point.”
It was years later, at the age of 39 that Jenny gave birth to Abigail Rose on the seventh day of the seventh month in the year 2007.
“She is our miracle child, the answer to a lifetime of prayer and 14 years of painful, invasive, heartbreaking treatment,” the Prime Minister said.
In his maiden speech he said “God remembered her faithfulness and blessed us”.
“Afterwards, it really increased my faith because, while I was crying out, wondering, ‘Where are you?’, He said, ‘I am right here and I knew this day was coming’,’’ he said.
“I am not superstitious, but the fact that [Abigail Rose] was born on the seventh of the seventh, 2007, I believe was not an accident. [I believe] that was a message to me about who’s in charge.”