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The big question: Who is ScoMo?

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28.02.2020

With the plight of our Julian Assange on all tenderised Australian minds as his extradition trial begins, I continue (by popular request) my occasional series on the big questions the media ought to be asking the Prime Minister.

My theme, echoing James Boyce's noble pieces in The Monthly, is that until and unless we understand our pious Prime Minister's Pentecostal arousals and drives, we will never know who and what he is.

Once again the setting for my Big Questions fantasy is the National Press Club.

Imagine this. The PM has just finished his vacuous but nationally broadcast address. It is time for journalists' questions. The hacks set aside their usual preoccupations with wriggly little trivia. Instead they go looking for what it is that makes Scomo pentecostally tick.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time earlier this month. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

One of the press gallery's grown-ups leads the charge.

"Prime Minister," she probes, "you project yourself as a man of faith with a sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God."

"How is it then that, given Jesus' command in Matthew 25 that believers must visit those in prison, you have never been to visit and give comfort to Australia's Julian Assange as he languishes........

© Canberra Times