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The Budget Date Was Changed And Clearly Nobody Told The Treasurer

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

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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.

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Turnbull signed the letter with today's date.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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