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What's that got to do with the price of bread? PM dodges 'gotcha' moment

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has laughed off not knowing the price of milk and bread, saying he isn’t interested in “gotcha” moments from journalists.

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Morrison is preparing to visit a NSW airforce base as criticism continues about his press club address on Tuesday, when he couldn’t say what the current price of the supermarket staples was.

“Do you want the rye bread or the multi grain or the sourdough? If we’re going to get onto milk, is it just the ones that come from dairy or almond?” he told the Nine Network when asked again on Wednesday.

“The gotcha stuff from (Press) Gallery journalists – whatever. I was honest with people yesterday and they know that.”

Morrison also defended his relationship with Gladys Berejiklian after the Ten Network revealed private messages between the former NSW premier and an unnamed Liberal minister calling him a horrible person who’s obsessed with political point scoring.

Morrison said he worked very closely with Berejiklian throughout the pandemic and their dealings had always been positive, but says he hasn’t spoken with her since the story was aired.

“I just don’t really let it fuss me. In this job you take the brickbats and the bouquets,” he told the Nine Network.

“Go and read my social media feed – there is no shortage of people who vent and no shortage of people who say nice things. There’s too many other important things for me to worry about who is gossiping about me.”

Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles said the messages showed how Morrison’s relationship with others is framed by politicking.

“If there is a political fight to have he will do that. That’s why he’s failed to get the country together during the course of the pandemic,” he told Sky News.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a point we’ve seen a greater sense of division within the country than under Scott Morrison’s leadership.”

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