Why I cannot vote for the Morrison government: shirking responsibility and shifting blame

By April 18, 2022Australian Politics

As I have said ad nauseam in this series, someone online asked me and others to explain why we could not vote for the Morrison government (not that I ever would), I replied:

“The constant lies, misogyny, racism, idiocy, petulance, corruption, pork barrelling, religious nutjobbery, hatred of expertise, shirking of responsibility, shifting of blame to the blameless, the stealing of credit from the creditable. #WhyIWantChange”1

This is the sixth instalment and deals with their shirking of responsibility and the shifting of blame. The first instalment dealt with the government’s constant lying and their misogyny1; the second with their racism, and their use of it, as well as the extraordinarily idiotic things members of the government say2; the third with their petulance and corruption3; the fourth with the government’s pork barrelling4; the fifth with their religious nutjobbery5; and the sixth dealt with the hatred of those with expertise6. The shirking of responsibility and blame-shifting is something at which Morrison is very adept.

Shirking of responsibility

Perhaps the most appallingly crass things Scott Morrison has ever said when he returned, only a day early, from his holiday in Hawaii during the catastrophic 2019-2020 bushfires, was “I don’t hold a hose, mate”7. Even worse, he told his office to lie about his absence. This epitomises Morrison’s attitude to his job. When he is queried about any aspect of Australian life in the last few years, whether it be about his lack of action with regard to the Christian Porter allegations, Covid-19 lockdowns, making people take money out of their superannuation accounts, inflicting increased university debts on people, and sundry other topics, his common refrain is ‘it’s not my job’, even when he has been the architect of the debacle which has prompted the question7.

Morrison deflected responsibility for the Aged Care Sector, which falls under Federal jurisdiction, onto Victoria. He asserts “We regulate aged care, but when there is a public health pandemic… then they are things that are managed from Victoria.” At the time, Aged and Residential Care facilities in Victoria had recorded some 1,486 cases of COVID-19, with 232 deaths8.

Residents in flood-affected areas of northern New South Wales were angry at the lack of support they received when their towns were flooded. Some had to wait on their roofs for days before being rescued, or rely on their fellow private citizens for help. Morrison belatedly declared the floods a national emergency and eventually announced support for those affected. However, when called out on his slow reaction and his late call to get Defence Force personnel involved, he attempted to deflect any responsibility by suggesting that people criticising him were in fact criticising the Defence Force9.

After the debacle of the French submarine deal collapse, when French President Emanuel Macron was asked if he thought Scott Morrison had lied to him, he replied, very directly: “I don’t think, I know”. What did Morrison do? He tried to avoid personal responsibility. While attending the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Morrison said, “I must say that the statements that were made, questioning Australia’s integrity and the slurs that have been placed on Australia … I’m not going to cop sledging of Australia. “I’m not going to cop that on behalf of other Australians.” It was Morrison who lied to Macron, not Australia, and Macron’s accusation was directed at Morrison, not Australia10.

This attitude is appalling when it is from a person whose responsibility is to be the leader of the nation. Accepting responsibility is a sign of emotional maturity, something that Morrison clearly lacks. It is ironic that late last year he admonished people to take personal responsibility for their health rather than relying on mask mandates and lockdowns, while personal responsibility is something he refuses to take himself11.

Shifting of blame

Scott Morrison blamed the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI), for slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccines12. Morrison had previously lied that Australia was first in the queue for vaccines, when we were months behind many countries13. Morrison said that “very cautious” decisions by ATAGI had slowed the rollout “considerably” and “put us behind”. ATAGI’s co-chair, Professor Allen Cheng, pushed back by noting that ATAGI’s role is to provide advice, but the federal government remains responsible for making decisions and the vaccination rollout. While experts agree that changing advice reflecting the emerging blood clot risk made it harder to vaccinate young people, they pointed out that the federal government’s failure to diversify its vaccine portfolio was the cause of the failed rollout12.

In the midst of the Omicron wave of Covid-19 there was a shortage of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits. Barnaby Joyce lied when he tried to blame people for hoarding them. Anne Ruston lied when she said that there was a world-wide shortage of RAT kits. Morrison lied when he said that only two countries provide free RAT kits to their populace. While Morrison failed to order enough vaccines in time, he made the same mistake with RAT kits, almost all of which are imported. Despite this, Morrison argued that provision of RAT kits was mostly up to the states and territories. He also blamed the states for setting rules that required employers to use rapid antigen tests every day, using up supplies. However, business leaders were telling the government to make RAT kits widely available in August 2021. Some RAT kit makers urged the government to place orders for the manufacture of the kits in Australia, but they were ignored14.

Now this blame-shifting has reached ludicrous heights, even by Morrison’s standards. Before the 2019 election, Morrison promised to legislate for a federal integrity commission. However, the government’s proposed model, which was released in draft form, was widely condemned as weak, ineffective and a “protection racket” for politicians. It had no ability to conduct public hearings into government corruption, despite allowing such hearings for law enforcement matters, and sets a nearly impossibly high bar for investigations to commence. Professor Anne Twomey, from the University of Sydney, described it as a “shamefully inadequate system, which appears designed to protect the corrupt from investigation”. Morrison and the extraordinarily limited Andrew Bragg have blamed the Labor Party for not supporting this grotesquely inadequate model. The chair of the Centre for Public Integrity, Anthony Whealy said: “The true reason for this massive policy failure is that, with a litany of scandalous rorts identified in audit reports, this government wishes to avoid proper scrutiny and being held publicly accountable”15.

With the avoidance of responsibility and the shifting of blame to others, Morrison demonstrates his inability to admit error, or to apologise for his failures; i.e. that he was not in control. What he wants more than anything is to have the appearance, if not the reality, of being in control. And if you blame someone else for a problem or a failure then, in your eyes, it is not your failing. Both shirking of responsibility and the shifting of blame are hallmarks of a narcissistic personality.


  1. https://blotreport.com/2022/03/21/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-lies-and-misogyny/
  2. https://blotreport.com/2022/03/22/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-racism-and-idiocy/
  3. https://blotreport.com/2022/03/24/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-petulance-and-corruption/
  4. https://blotreport.com/2022/04/02/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-pork-barrelling/
  5. https://blotreport.com/2022/04/09/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-religious-nutjobbery/
  6. https://blotreport.com/2022/04/16/why-i-cannot-vote-for-the-morrison-government-hatred-of-expertise/
  7. https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/04/22/scott-morrison-not-my-job/
  8. https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/scott-morrison-timeline-of-dodging-blame-2020/
  9. https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/again-in-a-crisis-scott-morrison-seeks-to-avoid-responsibility/news-story/6f1ba1e693063a46f386fdfa1139e438
  10. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/im-not-going-to-cop-sledging-of-australia-scott-morrison-hits-back-at-emmanuel-macron/xdwn59crn
  11. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/scott-morrison-urges-personal-responsibility-instead-of-mask-mandates-and-lockdown/h2tlrp5k2
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/14/scott-morrison-blames-atagi-doctors-for-australias-slow-covid-vaccine-rollout
  13. https://blotreport.com/2021/01/08/first-or-last/
  14. https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/the-pm-s-apology-that-was-not-an-apology-20220119-p59pk9.html
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/15/massive-policy-failure-retired-judges-blast-morrisons-broken-promise-on-federal-icac


  • Mark Dougall says:

    He will blame anyone, for anything. He is completely incapable of owning anything when the shit hits the fan. He will even blame those he supposedly cares about the most. Including us, as you have pointed out, or even his family. One of the most pathetic things that this skid mark of a PM has so far said during his grotesque tenure is when he blamed his family for him being in Hawaii, and not telling anyone he was there. In fact he uses his family all the time as a shield, as an excuse, and as propaganda. He has the unmitigated gall to pretend to get offended when someone has a go about things like his ukulele bullshit, or his curry cooking wank, or his building a kit chook house, or having a personal photographer, or any of the foul self promoting vomit he indulges in. He is appalling for many reasons but the use of his family like this is close to the worst of his behaviour. He is truly dreadful.


    • admin says:

      As I have said many times, this is the worst government I have ever seen. However, the worst of this vacuous bunch of criminals is Morrison. I have seen over a dozen PMs and he makes all of them look like paragons of ability and ethics by comparison. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself. He is a disgrace to the species. The only reason he is there is because of our largely corrupt media.

  • Jim says:

    This is all very well, but what I would like to see is why one should vote for a particular party, not why we shouldn’t. The election campaign has so far been a policy free zone. Clearly the ALP is the only real alternative government, but their performance so far has left a lot to be desired. It is no surprise that strong independent candidates will probably do pretty well, e.g., in the seat of Mayo in the Adelaide Hills, Rebekkah Sharkie will probably win easily. Clive Palmer’s lot are a boon to the advertising agencies, but that is about it; One Nation is a waste of space and The Greens are looking for fairies at the bottom of the yard.

    • admin says:

      There is outrage over the bias of the media in this election campaign, even from the ABC and the Nine Media. Some of the crap dished up by those two are like something I have never seen previously from them. Fairfax used to be worth reading, but there are only a few of their staff who are worth reading now. Even Crowe and Hartcher sometimes are so wide of the mark in their take that they are laughable. Murdoch media is simply criminally corrupt and are simply a PR arm for the Liberal Party. As for the Greens, you seem to believe the spin put about by those who do not want action on climate change. You seem to forget that the most progressive jurisdiction in the nation (the ACT) has a Labor-Greens coalition government and it seems to work well, such that the Liberal Party in Canberra is a mostly religious rump which is unelectable, and has been out of office since November 2001. I think the problem they have in the ACT is that, despite it being the most progressive jurisdiction, the ACT Liberals have become more conservative and are dominated by the religious, just as religion is in decline in Australia and elsewhere.

  • Jim says:

    The great majority of the population do not give a stuff about media bias, but they can see through it. What they are really worried about is the price of groceries, petrol, interest rates, etc. I disagree re your comments on the bias shown by the ABC–the 7.30 report if anything is biased towards the ALP and continues to be so. The ABC radio political commentary in Adelaide is quite unbiased and hard questions are asked of all the politicians who come on and experienced people like David Bevan are very persistent with their questions. I cannot comment on Nine Media because we do not take The Age. Clearly the Murdoch media is totally biased towards the coalition and indeed is quite unbalanced. The use of the self serving term “progressive” in discussing politics is quite misleading–what is “progressive” to some people is just a mistake to others. The effort by Bob Brown during the 2019 election campaign sums up the lack of real world savvy in the Greens. If you recall, he led an anti-coal mining convoy up to the Queensland coalfields. Since he retired Brown lives in country Tasmania and should know that the way to really raise the hackles of country people is that you bring in uninvited outsiders to tell them what to do–it was just plain dumb. As far as I can see the great majority of people now realise the need for action on climate change, but no-one will discuss the real problem, i.e., there are simply too many humans on the planet. However, it will sort itself out and it will be pretty messy.

    • admin says:

      Most people do not realise that the media is biased. They simply presume they are reading news, and do not know it is slanted to favour one side of politics. The 7:30 show is not particularly biased one way or the other. Leigh Sales has her moments. However, she mostly seems out of her depth, especially when compared to the razor sharp Laura Tingle. I have seen Fauziah Ibrahim, Fran Kelly, Lisa Millar and Greg Jennett demonstrate their bias clearly. Ibrahim got in hot water for having lists with derogatory names on her twitter account, in which she inserted some Labor politicians. Kelly has used Coalition talking points and terminology (remember the ‘retiree tax’?) to hammer her point home. This is either bias, lack of ability, or laziness or all three. As for the term ‘progressive’ being self-serving, it may well be, but it is accurate when you consider that the alternative ‘regressive’ is even more accurate in that the ultraconservatives, who now seem to run the Liberal Party want the nation to regress back to the 1950s when it was all god, queen and country, and tugging the forelock to the boss. Those days are over and to wish for them is indeed regressive. On the population problem, I have received advertising from the Advance Australia mob, a shadowy millionaire/billionaire-funded group supporting the regressive religious nutter Zed Seselja (ACT senator) and accusing David Pocock, who is running against him, of blaming people who have children for climate change. Pocock is simply stating the bleeding obvious. I find it really weird that while overpopulation is clearly a problem, as soon as it is raised, so many people of a conservative bent scream ‘racism’ (oh, the irony) and the religious, so enamoured of the right to birth, scream similar things. Messy is an understatement. It will be horrendous, and while I might not have to face it, my kids and grandkids will, and that makes me extremely angry. Angry enough to vote for Pocock, or anyone with a modicum of common sense.

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