Morrison Lies on Middle East

14 May 2021

In a week when he accidentally adopted Beijing’s policy on Taiwan - and then lied about it to cover up his mistake - Scott Morrison has now lied again about one of the biggest international security issues of our time.

Speaking at a Liberal Party event today, Mr Morrison dishonestly claimed:

"As a government, we believe in a two-state solution. It seems now politics here in Australia that is no longer a bipartisan view and I think that's disappointing."

But as recently as last night, Labor issued a statement saying:

“We join Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, in calling for a halt to actions that increase tensions including land appropriations, forced evictions, demolitions and settlement activity…

“We remain committed to a just and enduring two-state solution, based on respect for human rights and consistent with international law.”

For the second time this week, Mr Morrison has been caught out lying about long-standing bipartisan foreign policy positions.

This is a politician who will say and do anything if he thinks it’s clever political management, and who will always put his interests ahead of the national interest.

Mr Morrison’s prime ministership began by breaking decades of bipartisanship with the Jerusalem embassy debacle to pander for votes in the Wentworth by-election.

At a time when Australians with connection to the region are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones, the Prime Minister’s attempts to gain political advantage on this issue is particularly offensive.

Mr Morrison is diminishing his office and undermining our national interest.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.