Regardless of what you think about the Australian government's policies, there's no denying that our prime minister, Scott Morrison, hasn't exactly helped Australia's image on the world stage...or at home, either.
And with the 2022 federal election on the cards, we thought we'd look back at 18 incidents — which happened in the past year alone — where Morrison really left a lot to be desired.
Let's take a trip down memory lane...
1. When Morrison told renters to buy a house as a form of rent relief.
In response to a question about why the budget didn't include anything on rent relief, Morrison gave this woefully out-of-touch response:
“This is about Australians getting into homes. The best way to support people renting a house is to help them buy a house."
Ever-increasing cost of living prices alongside stagnant wages and rising inflation makes meeting rent challenging enough as it is. Saving for a deposit and buying a house simply isn't the casual jaunt Morrison seems to think it is.
2. When he had absolutely no idea how much a loaf of bread, a litre of milk, or a rapid antigen test costs.
Genuinely understanding the cost of living pressures faced by everyday Aussies just doesn't seem very high on the prime minister's ~list of things to concern himself with~.
4. And let's not forget, following Tame's powerful Australian of the Year speech in 2021 — about being groomed and surviving sexual assault — ScoMo responded with the shockingly tone-deaf comment, "I bet it felt good to get that out."
Tame revealed what Morrison said to her in the immediate aftermath of her speech on an episode of The Betoota Advocate podcast.
"Do you know what he said to me, right after I finished that speech and we’re in front of a wall of media? I shit you not, he leaned over, and right in my ear he goes, ‘Well, gee, I bet it felt good to get that out.'"
5. When he forged on with his travel plans despite being a casual COVID-19 contact.
6. When he leaked private communications between himself and French President Emmanuel Macron — possibly in retaliation.
You know things are dire when the leader of another country — an ally, no less — publicly labels you a liar.
Macron openly called Morrison a liar on the international stage at the G20. And so naturally, our prime minister decided that the only thing he could do to preserve Australia's international standing and integrity was to leak private text messages.
7. When, at the same G20 conference, he flexed his diplomacy skills.
He also opted to go mask-free, while his fellow attendees can all be seen wearing them.
9. When, in the middle of a nationwide lockdown, he decided there was one set of rules for everyday Aussies, but another for him.
Does it surprise anyone that he got himself an exemption to travel interstate via taxpayer-funded jet on Father's Day to visit family without quarantining?
"My dad lives two LGAs and 9km away. I wasn't able to see him. This Morrison clown travels 350km. Seriously, what is wrong with him?"
10. And then when he attempted to conceal said Father's Day trip on social media — by posting images from a commemoration of four children who were killed by a drunk driver.
11. When he failed to address a women-led March 4 Justice on his doorstep, under the excuse that "as prime minister, when you're in Canberra, it's a very busy day".
12. When, in response to the same protest, the only comment he did bother to make was that it was a "triumph" that the very same women weren't "being met with bullets" for protesting.
13. When he suggested he was only able to develop empathy for alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins after his wife asked him to consider his experience as a husband and father.
Did he outsource his humanity and sense of decency to his wife?
10 News reporter Tegan George asked the PM, "Shouldn’t you have thought about it as a human being?"
14. When Morrison essentially excused a member of his cabinet for calling an alleged rape victim a "lying cow".
The comments were made by then–defence minister Linda Reynolds, with Morrison claiming that the minister had apologised for the comments and that, in addition, they were acceptable because "they were made in her private office in a stressful week."
He went on to add: "[The comments] weren't made in a public place, and nor were they intended for that."
15. When Morrison tried to deflect a question from a News Corp journalist about the culture of sexual harassment in the Australian parliament — by weaponising a claim of harassment that had allegedly been made at News Corp itself.
The accusation was rejected by News Corp after it was raised by the prime minister, with the media organisation stating no such complaint had been received.
But even if it were true, Morrison's public airing raises the question of whether he had consent from the alleged victim to draw public attention to the complaint.
16. When Morrison refused to stand down Christian Porter, the attorney general (at the time), while he was being investigated for a historical rape allegation.
17. When, in a cabinet reshuffle off the back of historical rape allegations against Porter and name-calling by Linda Reynolds, Morrison announced a new prime minister for women.
18. And finally, when the Omicron variant of the coronavirus hit during the lead-up to the 2021 Christmas holidays, Morrison, in a knockout display of leadership, advocated for "personal responsibility" — instead of simple measures recommended by the Australian Medical Association, like wearing masks indoors.
Personally, I didn't know personal responsibility was the new COVID cure-all.