Australian PM ridiculed for bizarre photo in his car ‘exchanging notes’ with Jacinda Ardern

Zaina Alibhai
Tuesday 19 January 2021 15:19
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a post cabinet press conference at Parliament on June 08, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.(Getty Images)

The Australian prime minister has faced ridicule after sharing a photo of a phone call with Jacinda Ardern.

Scott Morrison said he had “swapped notes on Covid management and vaccines” with the New Zealand prime minister, however many believe he has much more to learn than that from her.

Both Australia and New Zealand closed their borders to all but citizens and non-residents in March, however Ardern went a step further by implementing a nationwide lockdown by the end of the month.

People were quick to remind Morrison of how his counterpart managed to deal not only with the global pandemic, but also with the pressures of climate change, while he went on holiday to Hawaii as Australia was in the midst of the horrific bushfires which rampaged the country.

Morrison was also called out for refusing to take a temporary pay cut during the pandemic, in stark contrast to Ardern, who took a 20 per cent pay cut lasting six months in solidarity with all those hit by the pandemic. 

All in all, the tweet did not really make him look great.

But people were still hopeful that he might learn something…

And others just had a lot of questions.

Although some people questioned whether the call actually happened, Ardern confirmed it did in an Instagram caption beneath the same picture, which he apparently sent her as justification for the bad reception.

Needless to say, the comments on Ardern’s platform were even more scathing. Perhaps Morrison should keep his calls to himself next time.