Australia: Scott Morrison bizarrely quotes Shane Warne

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A reporter has accused Scott Morrison of being 'scared' of questions after he ended a press conference, shortly after launching a stinging attack on Anthony Albanese.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday accused the Labor leader of being responsible for an activist's vitriolic spray at him at a pub, saying: 'As Shane Warne told his kids, manners cost nothing.'

Mr Morrison claimed Mr Albanese had 'set the tone' for such abuse by engaging in 'personal attacks' on him for the past three years.

The PM quoted Australia's most famous cricketer (pictured with ex wife Liz Hurley) saying: 'As Shane Warne told his kids, manners cost nothing' © Provided by Daily Mail The PM quoted Australia's most famous cricketer (pictured with ex wife Liz Hurley) saying: 'As Shane Warne told his kids, manners cost nothing'

Mr Albanese earlier condemned his supporter who ambushed the PM at a private media drinks in western Sydney, saying: 'His actions were entirely inappropriate.'

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In footage uploaded to TikTok on Tuesday, Adisen Wright, a staunch Labor supporter, asked the Prime Minister for a photo the later screamed 'you're a disgrace' as the PM walked away.

Mr Morrison described the incident as 'the equivalent of a pitch invasion by a Labor apparatchik' and blamed the Opposition leader.

'When Anthony Albanese sets the tone for the last three years, where he basically says it is OK to sledge and attack and engage in personal attacks for three years... he can't be surprised when people come and behave in that sort of way.'

The PM then quoted Australia's most famous cricketer, who died last month, saying: 'As Shane Warne told his kids, manners cost nothing.'

Mr Morrison later left his press conference while journalists were still asking questions.

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  Scott Morrison bizarrely quotes Shane Warne © Provided by Daily Mail   Scott Morrison bizarrely quotes Shane Warne © Provided by Daily Mail

Earlier on Wednesday Mr Albanese walked away from a very brief press conference in what signals a strategy shift after previously saying he would give every reporter a chance to ask a question.

The Labor leader took only about 10 questions in Melbourne on Wednesday and then walked off, leaving journalists shouting 'why aren't you answering questions?'

On Monday Mr Albanese had told reporters everyone will get a question and said he won't run away from pressers like Mr Morrison who usually only takes 10 or 12 questions.

'I'm not Scott Morrison, I don't run away from press conferences. Do it in order. Everyone will get one,' he said.

But Mr Albanese has quickly changed his media strategy, as his handlers try to reduce the potential for any more huge gaffes like Monday's embarrassing failure.

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Day 1: Wrongly guessed unemployment rate was 5.4% and couldn't state the Reserve Bank interest rate

Day 2: Admitted he did not know who Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay was

Day 3: Left press conference early in what signalled a strategy shift after previously saying he would take all questions

On the first full day of the campaign he wrongly guessed the unemployment rate was 5.4 per cent and couldn't state the Reserve Bank's 0.1 cash rate in a mistake that dominated news coverage and featured in Coalition adverts.

On Tuesday he was asked whether he had any concerns about the appointment of Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay and admitted he did not know who she was.

Limiting the chance for reporters to ask questions reduces the chance for scrutiny and mistakes and allows Mr Albanese to stick to his central message for the day.

Earlier Mr Albanese spoke at rally hosted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and pledged 50 first-aid clinics across the country if he wins the election.

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The clinics will treat non life threatening injuries such as broken bones, minor burns, cuts and animal stings and will be open every day between 8am to 10pm.

Labor's first-aid clinics will be based at GP surgeries and community health centres nationwide with locations yet to be announced.

Similar clinics operate in New Zealand where they help families avoid long wait times and ease pressure on hospitals.

The clinics will be bulk billed, meaning people won't have any out-of-pocket costs accessing medical care.

A trial of the clinics lasting four years will cost $135 million.

'These clinics are a key part of Labor's plan to strengthen Medicare by making it easier to see a doctor,' Mr Albanese said.

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese poses for a selfie with supporters after delivering a speech at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation © Provided by Daily Mail Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese poses for a selfie with supporters after delivering a speech at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Read more

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