Scott Morrison unrecognisable in throwback school snap

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·2-min read

As kids all around the country go back to school this week, one Australian politician has shared a memory of his own days in the schoolyard.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to his Facebook page to upload a cheeky snap, showing him at the age of five in his Clovelly Public School uniform.

Scott Morrison in his school uniform
Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his school uniform at the age of 5. Photo: Facebook/Scott Morrison

“Lots of kids will be heading back to school this week, and some will be starting for the first time. Wishing them all (and their mums and dads) a happy first day,” Scott Morrison wrote in the caption.

“2020 was a really tough year for our children with #COVID19 causing lots of interruption and uncertainty.

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“We still face many more challenges this year but here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year. Good luck also to all those students heading into Year 12 and their final year of school.”

He went on to recall his fond memories of his time at Clovelly Public School, saying he remembers his teachers so well.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacts during a press conference in the Prime Ministers courtyard on December 11, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland in partnership with biotech company CSL will be abandoned, after the Federal Government had committed to purchasing, and agreements had been made to secure 51 million doses of the vaccine.
Scott Morrison attended Clovelly Public School. Photo: Getty Images

“Mrs Hitchings in K, Miss Gould in 1st Class and Mrs O’Connor in 2nd class,” he wrote.

Scott Morrison’s supporters commented on the snap, with one person writing:” What a lovely school photo P.M with your cheeky grin”.

“It’s a lovely thing for a Prime Minister to do to wish our children a happy year at school, after the last one .Love that cheeky smile on your face,” another wrote.

While the picture was posted yesterday, back to school wasn’t the only thing on the Prime Minister’s mind, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticised the Australian government’s decision to suspend its one-way 'green zone' travel.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, stands with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the signing of the Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement at Admiralty House in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Ardern called out her Australian counterpart Morrison at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference Friday for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children. Ardern called the policy unfair and corrosive to the near-neighbors' ties, but Morrison publicly held firm.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticised the Australian government’s decision to suspend its one-way 'green zone' travel. Photo: AAP

She criticised that decision, telling Scott Morrison of her disappointment, believing Kiwi health authorities had the situation "well under control".

On Thursday afternoon, health minister Greg Hunt lengthened that suspension for another 72 hours through to Sunday.

Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand was sharing information with Australia in the hope of reopening the border.

"I've never got the sense that would be a long-term position for them. They are ultimately just waiting for a bit more information," she said.

"I've asked ... officials provide all the information that we have so they can make their decisions. We absolutely want them to have the confidence we have in our system."

Trans-Tasman bubble discussions have previously fallen over due to differing views on the number of cases required to produce a lockdown.

With extra reporting by AAP

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