Thursday 2nd June 2016 - 10:22 pm

PM rebuked over war talk

by Alan Thornhill

Chris Bowen said today that “the Australian people had a right to be disappointed” at the language Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison chose to attack Labor over proposed company tax cuts.

Stepping up their attacks, over the past few days, the Prime Minister and his Treasurer have repeatedly resorted to talk of war.

They did so as the bodies of Australian soldiers, killed in the Vietnam war, were flown back to their homeland.

Mr Bowen is Labor’s shadow treasurer.

Speaking of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten Mr Turnbull had said: “Bill Shorten has declared war on business.

And he added ” the first casualties of Shorten’s war on business are Australian jobs.”

Asked today, if he would continue to use such provocative words, Mr Turnbull replied: “You have just heard me use them.”

Mr Morrison also accused Mr Shorten of declaring “war on business” and added:-
” “…and using “tax as their bullets.”

These comments were made as the first two RAAF planes carrying the remains of the Australian soldiers touched down on home soil.

Vietnam veterans were not impressed.

The national president of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Ken Foster, said war metaphors shouldn’t be used and “certainly not on a day like today”.

Mr Bowen responded carefully, when a reporter asked him to comment on Mr Turnbull and Mr Morrison’s words.

He said: “I think the Prime Minister and Treasurer might want to reflect on the use of that language today.

“ Especially today.

“They might want to reflect on that.

“ I think the Australian people have a right to be disappointed in the Prime Minister’s language.

“ I don’t intend to add anything further to that. I think they might want to just reflect about the use of that language on a day when we are considering war in another context.”


Please visit our sponsor

Comments are closed.

My book

wx 2

Weathercoast by Alan Thornhill

A novel on the murder of seven young Anglican Christian Brothers in the Solomon Islands.

Available now on the iTunes store.

Profile

Alan Thornhill

Alan Thornhill is a parliamentary press gallery journalist.
Private Briefing is updated daily with Australian personal finance news, analysis, and commentary.

Please visit our sponsor

THE MARKETS

All Ordinaries5754.00  chart+22.00  chart +0.38%
S&P 5002352.98  chart+4.53  chart +0.19%
Aud/usd0.7631  chart-0.0044  chart -0.57%

Bhp Blt Fpo24.19  chart+0.27  chart +1.13%
Bramb Ltd Fpo9.32  chart+0.07  chart +0.76%
Qbe Insur. Fpo12.57  chart+0.02  chart +0.16%
Wesfarmer Fpo43.40  chart+0.11  chart +0.25%
N/aN/A  chartN/A  chartN/A
Please visit our sponsor

Topics

News Archives