Scott Morrison has apologised for the botched vaccine rollout, breaking a career-long streak in shirking accountability. I know, I know, we’re as shocked as you are.
In a press conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister actually uttered the “s” word. It came out of his mouth.
“I’m sorry that we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year,” he said.
“Of course I am. But what’s more important is that we’re totally focused on ensuring that we’ve been turning this around.”
It was a brief moment, but it was there. He’s said it. He can’t take it back. Almost immediately afterwards, ABC News updated its chyron (the text at the bottom of a news cast) to read: ‘Prime Minister apologises for slow vaccination rollout’. It should be noted that Morrison didn’t call the press conference to apologise (although that would have been nice, too), but he was asked a question point blank, and this time didn’t shirk it.
Wow. Big day.
It comes after the PM spent 24 hours steadfastly refusing to apologise, despite being given every opportunity. Instead, he repeatedly told KIIS FM’s Jason Hawkins to that he takes responsibility (uh yes, that’s your job) instead.
What might have pushed his hand was Nationals MP (and recently dumped ex Cabinet member) Darren Chester becoming the first person to apologise for the sluggish rollout – which make no mistake, left us in a dangerous position to deal with the Delta outbreak.
“I’m sorry it’s taken longer than people expected, and I’m sorry that some people have lost confidence in our government and our world-class health system as a result,” Chester said.
More to come.