The Budget Date Was Changed And Clearly Nobody Told The Treasurer

    "We're preparing for May 10, Ray. I can't be clearer."

    On Monday, Malcolm Turnbull announced his cunning plans for a double dissolution election which involves bringing forward the date of the budget to May 3.

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    But clearly Treasurer Scott Morrison had absolutely no idea what was going on. Let's check the receipts...

    Early AM: The PM wrote this very official letter to the Governor-General asking for the senate to be brought back for a special sitting in April and which would bring forward the budget.


    Turnbull signed the letter with today's date.


    9:15 AM: Governor-General Peter Cosgrove replied and said, sure, you got it Malcolm... I give you permission etc etc.

    9:22 AM: Treasurer Scott Morrison appeared on 2GB radio and embarrassingly had NFI that the date for the budget had already been changed.

    Hadley: "These very important bills in relation to holding unions accountable. What's going to happen to them?"

    Morrison: "Well they are going to have an opportunity when we come back in a month or so time. We're due to come back on the 10th I think it is."

    Hadley: "Well it might be the 3rd! It might be the 3rd, Treasurer. You seem to be a little bit hesitant there, you seem to be searching for that date. You were searching for the date Scott."

    Morrison: "May 10! May 10!"

    Even Ray Hadley appeared to know more about what was going on behind Morrison's back.

    Hadley: "I know you're not going to tell me but I just have this sneaking suspicion that we're going to get a budget a bit earlier when we thought."

    Morrison: "We're preparing for May 10, Ray. I can't be clearer."

    Oh that's awkward.

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    10:17 AM: Less than an hour later, an alert is issued to the media announcing the press conference.

    10:30 AM: Prime Minister Turnbull tells Australia the DD election is coming and the budget is moving to May 3.


    11:49 AM: Treasurer Scott Morrison, looking pretty pissed, was asked by reporters when he found out that the biggest night of his life had been moved forward a week.

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    "At the cabinet meeting this morning at 10," he replied.

    "Previously people asked me what day is the Budget, May 10, that's what it was until I was advised this morning that it will be on May 3," he said.

    12:39 AM: Labor issued a press release with a truly bizarre reference to Morrison's manhood.


    Oh well. Morrison clearly had no idea when the budget was... now he has seven fewer days to organise the country's finances.

    Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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