Scott Morrison acknowledges mistakes and regrets the government’s response to COVID-19

Scott Morrison Doesn’t Apologize for COVID-19 Mistakes

The prime minister recognized that the government was “too optimistic” about looking forward to a summer full of freedom and should have better managed expectations.

It is only fair that this disappointment leads you to ask ‘Can’t you do more?’ Could this not have been avoided? After all, am I not responsible? ” He said.

“I don’t have everything right. And I will take my fair share of criticism and blame. It goes with the job.”

Mr. Morrison’s first keynote address this year provided a significant opportunity for the government to reset the agenda, following challenges presented by O’Micron over the summer recess and ahead of the next federal election to be held in the first half of 2022.

The prime minister agreed that community frustration had intensified against the government’s handling of the pandemic, acknowledging the “stressful” emotional and financial toll of the pandemic.

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But he also overwhelmingly defended the government’s response to COVID-19, despite accepting that lessons could be learned too late.

Mr Morrison said Omicron had “changed all the rules,” defending delays in getting a large-scale supply of rapid antigen tests, saying medical authorities had not foreseen their collective needs.

“In these times that we lived in, there was no evidence, and you have to make decisions in real time,” he said.

“[But] Lessons are being learned – lessons that will remain invaluable… to deal with the challenges and uncertainties that certainly still lie ahead.”

Mr. Morrison also cited the vaccination program as an example, saying he would have made this “a military operation from the start rather than later in the year”.

He also issued a government prediction that unemployment could drop below 4 percent as a sign of better times ahead, laying the groundwork for an election battle centered on the economy.

“I think we can now achieve an unemployment rate with ‘three’ ahead of it this year,” the prime minister said.

“Our goal is to have that in the second half of 2022. We haven’t seen this in Australia in nearly half a century.”

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in December, its lowest level in 13 years.

Mr Morrison was also questioned about the costs of living stress for families emerging from the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted the emergency payments issued by the government to support businesses and individuals from these effects, but also stressed that the money could not continue to be distributed without return.

“During the pandemic, you cannot pay for everything, because it has to be paid for,” he said.

“They are very difficult choices that you are making every single day in the event of a pandemic.”

A reporter asked Mr Morrison if he had “lost contact with ordinary Australians” and if he knew the price of “a loaf of bread, a liter of petrol and a quick antigen test”.

Now, he said, I will not pretend to you that every day I go out and buy a loaf of bread and buy a liter of milk.

“I’m not going to pretend I do. But the point is, I do my job every day to make sure these things are as accessible to everyone as they can be to Australians every day.”

Scott Morrison inquired about the price of bread and a liter of petrol at the Press Club

The letter comes after recent Newspoll shows coalition support has taken another blow as the government prepares to hold elections in less than four months.

Mr Morrison said Australians should trust his government more than Labor to run the economy and move the government forward.

“This is not the time to bet in every way on Australia’s future,” he said.

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“We must continue to build our strength and resilience and not jeopardize all that you have worked so hard for and made great sacrifices for.”

He said he didn’t think voters expected “perfection” from the prime minister, but said they “expect you to keep working every day”.

“Now is not the time to go back,” he said.

“This year, we must work to get life back to normal as much as possible.”

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