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Scott Morrison has backed out of a high profile television interview with Leigh Sales just hours before he was scheduled to appear.
Ms Sales, the host of ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30, tweeted about midday Wednesday that Mr Morrison would be the guest on tonight’s show.
An hour later, she said he had dropped out.
‘The Prime Minister has withdrawn from tonight’s planned interview and will instead join me next Tuesday night,’ Ms Sales said.
Mr Morrison’s decision coincides with an announcement that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will address Australian parliament at 5.30pm AEDT.
The ABC’s Leigh Sales (pictured) revealed Mr Morrison had backed out of an interview with her hours before it was scheduled to go ahead
Mr Zelensky will speak to both the Lower House and Senators about Australia’s ongoing support of Ukraine amidand unprovoked invasion launched by Russia on February 24.
The currently under fire Mr Morrison, who trails Labor’s Anthony Albanese as preferred PM in the latest Newspoll, on Tuesday handed down his federal budget.
Tuesday’s Budget promised ten million Australians will get up to $1,500 back in their next tax return and another six million will get a $250 cash handout.
Australians earning less than $126,000 will from July 1 get an existing tax offset of up to $1,080 plus a bonus $420 to help manage the rising cost of living in a $4.1billion policy.
Meanwhile, a one-off payment of $250 will hit the accounts of pensioners, welfare recipients and veterans in April in a $1.5billion splash of taxpayer money.
Amid soaring petrol prices, the Government is spending $3billion to slash fuel duty in half for six months – saving an average household $300 over six months and families with two cars $700.
Full list of journalists Scott Morrison was interviewed by today
Ben Fordham – 2GB
Ally Langdon – Today
Kochie – Sunrise
Neil Breen – 4BC
Peter Van Onselen – Studio 10
Michael Rowland – ABC Breakfast
Kieran Gilbert – Sky News
Sabra Lane – ABC AM
Source: Daily Mail