Morrison has been criticized for falsely claiming he told Albanese he was traveling to Hawaii in 2019 | Scott Morrison

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, was criticized in Parliament for falsely claiming that he told opposition leader Anthony Albanese he was traveling to Hawaii during the summer’s black fires.

Amid a heated parliamentary debate centered on Morrison’s impartiality and his shifting rhetoric on vaccine mandates, Labor has revived its attack on the prime minister’s infamous holiday abroad with his family at Christmas in 2019.

The trip became controversial after the Prime Minister’s Office refused to reveal where Morrison was vacationing at the time. He told reporters that reports of his presence in Hawaii were false.

‘Mr. Speaker, That Wasn’t Right’: Anthony Albanese drags Morrison into text message in Hawaii – VIDEO

At question time on Monday, Labor’s Fiona Phillips – ravaged by wildfires at the time – asked Gilmore voters – why his office told reporters “he wasn’t on vacation in Hawaii… when that wasn’t true?”

Morrison then claimed to have texted Albanese about his plans.

“I can only speak what I said. As the leader of the opposition will know because I texted him from the plane when I was going on that vacation, I told him where I was going, and he was very aware of where I was traveling with my family,” Morrison said.

The response infuriated Albanese, who used a personal explanation after question time to explain to the house that it had been misrepresented.

“That is not true. On December 15, 2019 at 9.44pm, the Prime Minister texted me that he was going on vacation,” Albanese said.

“He didn’t tell me where he was going. He said he was going with his family. I kept this text secret, as you do, with private texting between private phones,” Albanese said.

“On Friday, he disclosed in an interview with 2GB that he had texted me and it was the first time this had been made public. But at no point did he tell me where he was going.”

“Where I was going, I was on vacation,” Morrison replied, but later had to correct the record.

“I want to confirm what the opposition leader said that I didn’t tell him in this transcript where I’m going with my family,” Morrison said.

“I simply told him I was taking a vacation. When I was pointing out that he knew where I was going and was well aware that I was traveling with my family, what I meant was that we were going on vacation together.

“I know I didn’t tell him where we were going, because Mr Speaker, this is a private matter where members are taking leave and I know I didn’t tell him where we were going, and neither did I.”

Albanese accused Morrison of disclosing a private text exchange between the spouses, and double down on the false assertion that Albanese knew where to turn.

The problem for the Prime Minister is that he has this personality trait where he says whatever is appropriate at the time, regardless of the facts. Albanese told Sky News it was unusual for him to be willing to do so.

The latest accusation of prime ministerial dishonesty comes after Morrison got involved in a war of words with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron over whether he had lied about Australia’s intention to cancel the submarine contract.

“I don’t think, I know,” Macron said sensationally, when asked if Morrison had lied to him about the decision, prompting the release of private text messages between the couple further damaging relations.

The jamming of text messages came between Morrison and Albanese, with the prime minister also forced to stand in the back due to the allegations. He did not denounce the violent protests in Melbourne, and for having edited a social media post that removed criticism of the protests.

In response to a question from Labor’s Josh Burns about the edited Facebook post, Morrison said the suggestion he made “comfort extremists” was a “complete lie”.

“I was very outspoken in denouncing these things, and the suggestion that I didn’t do it…is a complete lie,” Morrison said.

The prime minister also faced a challenge over his support for NSW vaccine mandates after he said last week that people should be allowed to “have a cup of coffee in Brisbane without showing their vaccination certificates”.

Does the Prime Minister realize that exactly the same health orders apply in Sydney? If people want a cup of coffee, they need to show their vaccination certificate. Does it support that too? ‘ asked Jim Chalmers of the Labor Party.

Morrison said the government’s position on vaccine mandates “applies right across the country.”

“We couldn’t be more clear. We support mandatory vaccinations for health workers, aged care workers, disability workers, Mr. Spiker, and those who work with vulnerable people,” Morrison said.

“But when it comes to what’s going on in someone’s business, we believe that business should make that decision and the government shouldn’t be telling them what to do.”

The prime minister has been accused of “double talk” on the issue of vaccine mandates, after expressing sympathy for the frustration of protesters, and urging Australians to ‘Reclaim their lives’ from the government.

On Monday, Morrison said he did not agree with the “bilateral proposal” he supported or opposed, Saying that his position has changed with changing circumstances.

Parliament’s last biweekly session of the year got the government off to a rough start Monday morning after five senators from the coalition crossed the floor in support of a vaccine discrimination bill sponsored by One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson.

Liberal Senators Gerard Renick, Alex Antique and Consita Ferravante Wells crossed the floor in support of the bill, along with Citizens Matt Canavan and Sam McMahon.

Antik and Renk are denying the government their support in the Senate until Morrison fulfills a raft of demands related to vaccine mandates and adverse events, hampering the coalition’s ability to pass legislation before Parliament convenes this year.

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