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Australian federal election 2022: Anthony Albanese tells Scott Morrison to call the poll

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Albo’s Joe Biden moment: Confused Labor leader accuses the PM of not knowing where the Governor-General lives – but then gets the location WRONG himself

  • Anthony Albanese criticised the Prime Minister for not calling election already 
  • He joked Scott Morrison doesn’t know where the Governor-General lives 
  • But said he would give him a lift to The Lodge which is in fact the PM’s house 

Anthony Albanese scored an own goal when he claimed the Prime Minister doesn’t know where the Governor-General lives but then got the location wrong himself.

Scott Morrison is expected to go to Governor-General David Hurley, the Queen’s representative in Australia, to call the election this weekend. 

Speaking to reporters in Adelaide on Friday morning, the Labor leader criticised the Prime Minister for not calling the poll already to ‘let the Australian people decide’. 

Scott Morrison (right) is expected to go to Governor-General David Hurley (left), the Queen's representative in Australia, to call the election this weekend

Scott Morrison (right) is expected to go to Governor-General David Hurley (left), the Queen’s representative in Australia, to call the election this weekend

In a tongue-in-cheek dig, he claimed Mr Morrison doesn’t know where the Governor-General lives but then messed up his punchline.

He said the Governor-General, who resides at Government House, lives at The Lodge which is in fact the Prime Minister’s house.

‘I’ve gotta say, I feel like putting in a phone call to the Prime Minister, if he doesn’t know where Governor-General lives, and offer him a lift to The Lodge to call this election,’ he said.

Mr Albanese claimed the Prime Minister has been delaying calling the election to use taxpayer funds to trumpet his Government’s achievements in a pre-campaign marketing blitz. 

Mr Morrison has insisted it has always been his plan to serve a full three-year term with the election in ‘mid May’. 

The Labor leader had another awkward press conference moment this week when he refused to take a question from an anti-China campaigner who crashed the event.

The punter approached Mr Albanese as he addressed the press in Perth on Wednesday morning.

‘I’m not a media person, I’m just a local resident, I’ve got a tough question for you,’ the man said.

The man was wearing a grey T-shirt and had headphones around this neck as he crashed the presser

The man was wearing a grey T-shirt and had headphones around this neck as he crashed the presser

Mr Albanese interrupted him and said: ‘Hang on, hang on, hang on, you can’t’.

But the insistent man asked the Labor leader if he was ‘up for’ answering.

Mr Albanese responded: ‘I’m absolutely up for it’ but then rejected taking a question from the man in front of the media.

‘Sorry we can’t really do that. The media alliance will be a bit upset,’ he said.

The voter persisted, saying: ‘I’m sure they wouldn’t mind’ and Mr Albanese responded: ‘I’m absolutely up for it’.

But as the man started to ask his question, Mr Albanese waved his hands and said ‘no, no, no we’re just taking questions from journalists.’

Mr Albanese then moved away from the microphones and let Mr McGowan take centre stage. He told the man he would ‘have a chat afterwards’.

The punter asked ‘are you up for it Premier McGowan?’ and he replied: ‘I’m here to do a press conference we can talk to you afterwards mate’.

Mr McGowan wagged his finger to direct the man to leave before he was escorted away. 

On Thursday morning, Mr Albanese revealed the man was part of right-wing campaign group Advance.

The group has been driving billboard-carrying trucks in cities throughout Australia which show Chinese President Xi Jinping voting for Labor.     

The touchy moment came after Mr Albanese pledged to expand a screening program that tests newborn babies to include up to 80 conditions if he wins the election. 

The Labor leader has pledged $38.4 million to deliver a ‘world’s best practice’ screening program that would be the same for every baby in Australia.

‘A Labor Government will expand the newborn screening program. We’ll test for more conditions so all Australians can get a better start to life,’ he said on Wednesday.

Anthony Albanese is pictured holding a sleeping baby and talking to a mum while campaigning in Perth on Wednesday

Anthony Albanese is pictured holding a sleeping baby and talking to a mum while campaigning in Perth on Wednesday

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