Carrie Bickmore has ripped into Scott Morrison for allowing wife Jenny to take ‘complete responsibility’ for his mistakes during their tell-all TV interview.
The Project host picked apart Mr Morrison’s interview with Karl Stefanovic on 60 Minutes that was aired on Sunday night where the prime minister’s wife said they believed they were making the ‘right decision’ taking their children to Hawaii during the horror 2019 bushfires.
‘Did we make the right decision? I thought I was making the right decision for my kids. I obviously was wrong,’ she told Nine.
Bickmore accused Mr Morrison of being ‘weak’ on Network 10 on Monday night for repeatedly allowing his wife to take the brunt of the tough questions.
Carrie Bickmore has ripped into Scott Morrison for allowing wife Jenny to take ‘complete responsibility’ for his mistakes during their tell-all TV interview
‘She, and again, I don’t know if it’s part of the edit, but Jenny had to take the complete responsibility for the Hawaii situation,’ she said.
‘She takes responsibility as he sat there. I think the whole thing made him look so weak.’
Bickmore said it appeared like it was a ‘push’ to have her address all of the failures of his tenure.
‘I felt like he sat there and smiled the whole time while his wife who is not the prime minister had to answer to all the mistakes,’ she said.
‘It’s a simplistic way to deal with what is perceived as Scott Morrison having a problem with women,’ co-host Steve Price added.
Waleed Aly said the criticism at the time was not of Mrs Morrison’s decision to leave but instead the PM.
‘Even if the holiday was her idea, it was still ultimately his idea to go along,’ he said.
Mrs Morrison said she wishes the scandal ‘never happened’ but repeatedly defended the decision to take the family overseas during a national crisis, as Mr Morrison sat quietly.
Bickmore accused Mr Morrison of being ‘weak’ on Network 10 on Monday night for repeatedly allowing his wife to take the brunt of the tough questions
‘We did disappoint. Did we make the right decision? I thought I was making the right decision for my kids,’ she said.
‘I obviously was wrong. Yes, we were over there seeing it and we were like… we really need to get home.
‘I wish that had never happened. But I can’t change it.’
The family were forced cut their trip short with the Prime Minister copping heavy public backlash upon on his return home.
She admitted she regrets the family of four’s ill-fated trip to Hawaii during the Black Summer bushfire crisis, saying they had ‘disappointed’ the Australian public.
Jenny Morrison opened up about her husband in a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview
She pointed out the spotlight on politicians today is relentless, unlike those in her husband’s position almost four decades ago.
‘It’s 24-7,’ she said.
‘Can you imagine back in the day when Bob Hawke was prime minister and he had a phone and a fax machine.
‘I think everyone worked hard, but I think then it was OK to have a holiday and things like that, and it doesn’t seem that way now.
‘People want you to be seen to be doing something all the time.’
Stefanovic later quipped the family could return to Hawaii if Mr Morrison loses the upcoming election but didn’t get the response he was hoping for.
‘Too soon Karl, too soon,’ Mrs Morrison replied, as her husband agreed and grinned sheepishly.
The couple were childhood sweethearts who met at church before they tied the knot in 1990, but on recalled for the first time ever how the pair briefly split up after they first started dating as teens.
‘He broke up with me because he was keen on another girl,’ Mrs Morrison explained.
Jenny Morrison now regrets the family vacation to Hawaii during the Black Summer bushfires (pictured, the couple together at a cafe in Hawaii as outrage brewed back home)
The Prime Minister and his wife recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary
Her husband sheepishly replied: ‘Oh, I was an idiot. It was a stupid decision. We fixed it pretty quick.’
His wife was asked what she would say to her 16-year-old self.
‘Run!’ she laughed.
‘It’s been a long time but I know him better than he knows himself.’
She said his messiness and being married to the job were her husband’s worst traits.
‘We have to take a back seat. Running the country is incredibly important,’ Mrs Morrison said.