Labor MPs have been told to prepare for the possibility of a December election, with Anthony Albanese telling colleagues the Prime Minister could call a snap poll on his return from a major climate summit.
The Opposition Leader told his troops at a Caucus meeting in Canberra that Scott Morrison had “abrogated his job” by outsourcing climate policy to the Nationals.
“This week is dominated by the colossal failure of Scott Morrison to lead,” Mr Albanese said.
“We've all heard our constituents tell us that when the going gets tough, Scott Morrison goes missing.”
Mr Albanese also used his address to the Labor caucus to predict Mr Morrison will call a snap election following his trip to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Camera IconThe Opposition Leader’s bold prediction goes against public comments from Scott Morrison. Gary Ramage / NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia
He told his colleagues that Labor was prepared for the possibility and ready to govern.
“The heart of the Morison government is a focus group,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Morrison has previously, and repeatedly, indicated an election will not be called until next year.
Meanwhile, just down the hall where the joint party room was meeting, Mr Morrison told Coalition MPs to remain patient, reminding them to focus on the war, not the battle.
Addressing the joint party room, Mr Morrison talked up Australia’s “extraordinary” vaccination rate and the signing of the AUKUS agreement.
Camera IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly said he is not gearing up for an early election. Gary Ramage / NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia
He also made reference to the “narrow path to victory” and encouraged his troops to focus on the long game and be disciplined to not just focus on the 24-hour news cycle.
“One of the most important things in politics is patience – patience to get the right outcomes,” he said,
“There‘s great temptation in this place to go and chase the next 24 hours.
“Sometimes you have to go through a bit of political pain to get it done and to get the outcome.
“If you favoured tactics over strategy … you might win the odd battle, but you always lose the war.”Internet Explorer Channel Network