Scott Morrison has hinted that an election date is likely to be announced very soon as the Prime Minister kicks off a pre-campaign tour – but he’s cooking something other than curry.
The PM embarked on a week-long publicity trip across Victoria and NSW on Monday, hoping to draw voters’ attention away from the blunders of the French submarine deal and towards Australia’s strong post-pandemic economic recovery.
Mr Morrison is struggling to win support from Aussie voters, with the latest Newspoll indicating the Coalition would experience a resounding defeat if an election was held today.
But the PM was in full swing as he showed off his passion for cooking on Tuesday, kneading gnocchi, wrapping spring rolls, and stirring soup across the easter suburbs of Melbourne.
As he tended to the boiling dish, Mr Morrison appeared a little flustered. The hot steam turned his face red and the PM was forced to step away.
While there is no possibility an election can be held this year, the PM’s day in Melbourne was an early indicator of what‘s to come in an expected seven month pre-campaign.
The PM began the day the at the Toyota Hydrogen Centre in Altona where he unveiled a new $250m electric vehicle plan.
Labor criticised the proposal for being suspiciously similar to the same policy from their party, which Mr Morrison slammed in 2019.
The PM went for a joy ride in a hydrogen powered car with energy Minister Angus Taylor before heading off east.
The PM’s next stop found him at Sugo Restaurant and Malvern Barber Shop in Melbourne’s inner-east.
Mr Morrison made gnocchi and got a quick haircut as hoards of cameras flashed throughout the building.
The PM’s third stop saw him head to in Box Hill South where he took selfies with locals, signed a takeaway coffee cup, and visited K.Ho Contemporary Chinese Cuisine.
Mr Morrison watched K.Ho staff make spring rolls before trying his hand at the cooking himself.
He was later served a complimentary lunch by the restaurant owner who insisted on giving the PM the meal for free.