‘Scott invites me over for sleepovers’: Why Prime Minister Morrison, his Treasurer and their wives regularly spend the night together at Kirribilli House
- Josh Frydenberg told charity event he has had ‘sleepovers’ with Scott Morrison
- The Prime Minister and his Treasurer regularly work late on running the country
- Staff at Kirribilli confirmed Frydenberg stayed over at PM’s Sydney residence
Scott Morrison, his Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and their wives regularly spend the night together for ‘sleepovers’ after working dinners, it has been revealed.
Late nights working on the budget and running the country are common for the leader of the Liberal Party and his deputy – with their wives, Jenny and Amie, dining together.
‘Scott invites me over for sleepovers,’ Frydenberg told a full house at the Lifeline chairman’s annual fundraising lunch on Friday.
Scott Morrison, his Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and their wives regularly spend the night together after working dinners (Scott Morrison and wife Jenny pictured in Tasmania this year)
‘Scott invites me over for sleepovers,’ Frydenberg told a fundraising lunch on Friday (Josh Frydenberg pictured with his wife Amie at the Mid Winter Ball in Canberra in 2018)
Guest room staff at Kirribilli House have confirmed the sleepovers do occur.
Sources familiar with the sleeping arrangements at the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence confirmed to The Australian the Treasurer has slept over on three occasions.
Staff at The Lodge, the PM’s primary residence in Canberra, have said Mr Frydenberg is yet to spend the night there.
While it is no secret the pair have an uncommonly close working relationship, such arrangements would usually be unheard of among Cabinet members.
Previous relationships between recent Prime Ministers and their deputies have ranged from matey in the case of Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan through to downright animosity in the case of John Howard and Peter Costello.
Considering how many PMs the country has seen ruthlessly ousted by members of their own party in recent years, the revelation signals Mr Morrison could be around for a while.
The sleepovers are also good news for taxpayers – with the public not having to fork out for Frydenberg and his wife to stay at a hotel.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison share a moment at a Liberal National Party campaign rally in Brisbane on April 14 this year