Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ridiculed suggestions he and his supporters secretly orchestrated last month’s leadership coup which saw him elevated to the top job.
Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who supported the push to oust Malcolm Turnbull, told the ABC that it was clear those people who were supporting Scott Morrison had been doing so for ‘quite some time’.
The ABC also claims it spoke to other Liberals who believe there was plan in place for some time to bring the leadership issue to a head.
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The Saturday Paper claims Mr Morrison used the stand-off over company tax cuts to create a leadership crisis and then fooled Peter Dutton into thinking he had the votes to roll Malcolm Turnbull.
“If that’s true Elvis is cutting hair in Lithgow and people should go up there and make an a appointment,” Mr Morrison told Channel Seven.
“Honestly these sort of ridiculous and weird stories, this is just another bit of weird gear that’s been put about.”
“It’s time to move on and focus on what matters to the Australian people, otherwise get a haircut in Lithgow from Elvis.”
Mr Morrison has also rejected claims the high vote for Peter Dutton in the first leadership spill was all part of the plan.
“I supported the Prime Minister as people know, the leadership was spilled and I voted against it being spilled,” Mr Morrison said.
It’s also been reported Malcolm Turnbull wanted to scrap the tax cuts for large companies before the Longman by-election but was opposed by Mr Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.
Meantime Newscorp reports Malcolm Turnbull offered Peter Dutton the Deputy Liberal leadership at the height of the crisis in a bid to hang onto the top job.
Mr Morrison says he wasn’t aware of the deal.
“I’ve got no idea and I don’t really care because it doesn’t matter.”