Scott Morrison says he got it wrong on campaign trail

Scott Morrison says he got it wrong on campaign trail

Scott Morrison said when he got the details of the unemployment benefit wrong on the campaign trail, he misspoke, brushing off questions about whether he is out of touch.

The Prime Minister had been asked about what the Coalition had done to ease cost-of-living pressures, particularly for Australians experiencing rental stress.

Morrison cited the increase in the JobSeeker rate as evidence that his government was working to boost support.

He said at a press conference at Henderson Shipyards south of Perth that JobSeeker has gone from 40 bucks a week to 46 bucks a week since the last election.

The JobSeeker payment is around $46 dollars per day, not per week.

Mr Morrison was asked if he knew the rate at another campaign event later in the day.

Journalists asked whether his stumble was indicative of being out of touch with Australians who were on JobSeeker, and asked whether he had got it wrong.

He said I misspoke.

He brushed off further questions, posing for photos with children at a BMX track in the Liberal-held seat of Pearce in Perth's north.

On Sunday, Morrison used the phrase Mr Speaker when he was grilled by the travelling press pack about his post-election frontbench line-up, a phrase that was used regularly during parliamentary debate, not during media scrutiny.

The Labor leader Anthony Albanese didn't recall the national unemployment figure and Reserve Bank cash rates, which caused Morrison to make a gaffe at the beginning of the second week of the election campaign.

I'll fix a mistake when I make a mistake, and I'll set about correcting that mistake, he told reporters last Monday.

The Labor leader's error has been used by the Coalition to criticise his economic credentials and attention to detail.