Awkward moment Scott Morrison gives a cheeky WINK in response to woman’s question while on the campaign trail in Victoria
- Prime Minister’s wink has drawn comparison to one from Tony Abbott in 2014
- Mr Morrison was campaigning in one of the most marginal seats in the country
- Liberal MP Gladys Liu holds the Victorian seat of Chisholm by just 0.57 per cent
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has had an awkward encounter with a woman on the campaign trail.
Mr Morrison was campaigning in a lolly shop in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill on Saturday when he was asked by a reporter if he was a ‘sweet or sour kind of guy’.
Mr Morrison was caught on camera replying awkwardly while winking at her.
‘Oh you know me, I’m sweet as,’ he cheekily said.
The moment Prime Minister Scott Morrison winks at a woman when asked if he is a sweet or sour kind of guy.
The encounter made the evening news across the country, and even drawn comparisons to another awkward wink former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave.
‘Scott Morrison showing his true colors. This is worse than Tony’s wink,’ one Aussie wrote on Twitter.
In 2014 Mr Abbott, who was then the Prime Minister, was responding to questions from the public live on ABC radio.
One of the callers, Gloria, was concerned about a new $7 fee on GP visits and the increased cost of medication.
‘I’m a 67-year-old pensioner with three chronic incurable medical conditions – two life-threatening.
‘I just survive on around $400 a fortnight once I pay my rent and I work on an adult sex line to make ends meet. That’s the only way I can do it,’ she said.
Mr Abbott seemed to forget that as well as being on the radio, he was also being filmed.
When Gloria said the words ‘sex line’, Mr Abbott smiled and winked.
The video went viral.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young was among the many not amused by Mr Abbott.
‘Gloria tells her story of poverty and illness and the PM responds with a wink and a smirk. What a grub,’ Ms Hanson Young tweeted.
Realising it was not a good look, Mr Abbott later told Perth’s 6PR radio that he was simply reacting to ABC host Jon Faine’s facial expression.
‘It was a reaction to Jon, really,’ he said.
‘Obviously it was an interesting call from someone who had an interesting story.
‘Jon was smiling at me and I responded to him.’
The Prime Minister was campaigning in the seat of Chisholm – which Liberal MP Gladys Liu holds on a margin of just 0.57 per cent – when he winked at the reporter.
It remains to be seen if the wink will work out as sweet or sour for Ms Liu’s effort to retain the seat.