Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison defended politicians and their hard work in an interview with broadcaster Ray Hadley. Photo: Bradley KanarisTreasurer Scott Morrison and broadcaster Ray Hadley have unloaded on each other over the performance of politicians, with the outspoken radio host alleging federal politics is populated by “bludgers and leaners”.
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In a heated interview, the Treasurer said the 2GB broadcaster was hurling misleading slurs and taking cheap shots, insisting the 27 sitting days of Parliament left in 2016 was not a sufficient indicator of all the work MPs do.

“You’re assuming that nothing happens between sitting weeks and I know you don’t think that. I know you know that between sitting weeks a lot happens,” Mr Morrison said.

“In particular the sort of discussions that are necessary to secure the passage of bills through the Parliament. I mean the Parliament will vote but the work doesn’t stop.”

Hadley said the Treasurer was “defending the indefensible”.

“You might work every single day but I’m sure the bludgers and leaners inside the federal Parliament who are delighted to go home every Thursday, have a long weekend, then come back on Sunday night or Monday morning.”

The Treasurer continued to defend himself and his parliamentary colleagues, saying they work in their electorates and on legislation throughout the week, often clocking up 60 to 70 hours.

The pair have a traditionally congenial relationship although it hit a low point when the host demanded Mr Morrison swear on the bible over his conduct leading up the September Liberal leadership spill.

Tuesday’s exchange became particularly heated, at least on the host’s behalf, when the Treasurer compared politicians’ less prominent work with the preparation he does when not on air.

“The Parliament will sit as often as necessary to pass the legislation,” Mr Morrison assured.

“Well, you’ve got plenty of spare time to do that!” Hadley sent back.

“Well, again, Ray. I think that’s a bit cheap, mate. You know plenty of politicians and you know they work hard and we do work hard, just like when you’re off air…you don’t work just the three hours you’re on air all day. Outside of those three hours, you work really hard.”

Hadley replied: “Listen, don’t drag me into it. I’m not paid by the public, you are! Don’t drag me into it. I get paid by how successful I am and I’ve been successful over a long period of time.”

“You have,” the guest soothed.

“So don’t try and compare me with you. I was here at four o’clock this morning, I’ll finish at about half past six tonight, for your information,” the radio host replied.

“We all work hard, Ray,” Mr Morrison said, accusing Hadley of peddling myths and stereotypes and making politicians’ jobs harder.

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