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Scott Morrison used to be in sync with Bono but not any more

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Just before noon on Valentines Day in 2008 Scott Morrison rose to make his first speech as a member of Federal Parliament.

He praised his Sydney electorate, thanked his supporters and described the biggest influences on his life - family and faith.

Scott Morrison making his first speech in Parliament in 2008.Credit:Andrew Taylor

But Morrison also canvassed a topic that doesn’t feature that often in political debate: the value of foreign aid.

“As global citizens we must … recognise that our freedom will always be diminished by the denial of those same freedoms elsewhere, whether in Australia or overseas," he said.

Morrison commended both the Howard and Rudd governments for increasing foreign aid but said "we still must go further" in responding to the world's poor.

"The need is not diminishing, nor can our support," he said. "It is the Australian thing to do."

Morrison even threw in a quote from rock star and foreign aid advocate Bono: “There is a continent— Africa — being consumed by flames ... when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for ... what we did —or did not do to put the fire out.”

He called the daily preventable deaths of poor people in Africa "a true moral crisis that eclipses all others".

Now, 11 years later, the MP who so passionately extolled the........

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