14 Sep 2018

Scott Morrison removes questionable Question Time rap video

1:28 pm on 14 September 2018

The Australian Prime Minister has been forced to remove a video, tweeted from his personal profile, dubbing some of his antics to a song by US R&B star Fatman Scoop, after criticism the lyrics were inappropriate.

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A video posted on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Twitter account was taken down after criticism. Photo: AFP

Mr Morrison is featured gesturing to his Coalition colleagues, who raised their hands in unison.

It was mixed with Fatman Scoop's 2001 hit Be Faithful:

"You got a 100 dollar bill put your hands up.

You got a 50 dollar bill put your hands up.

You got a 20 dollar bill put your hands up.

You got a 10 dollar bill put your hands up."

While those lyrics may prove fairly innocuous, the rest of the song's more sexual themes raised concerns over what message the Prime Minister's office was trying to send.

Mr Morrison deleted the video a few hours after it was posted.

The original exchange in Question Time involved Mr Morrison asking his colleagues who had worked in small businesses or the private sector, in a bid to highlight ideological differences between the government and the Labor Party.

The incident raises questions about the experience of staff in Mr Morrison's office, and more broadly the toll on ministerial offices during leadership challenges.

Staff lose their jobs as soon as their bosses are given new portfolios or resign, meaning there can be significant shortages in skills and experience.


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