The Today show host suggested Mr Morrison had ‘no control’ over his colleagues after a series of leaks from his government in the wake of Malcolm Turnbull’s axing.
‘Your party is an absolute dog’s breakfast… Grab the Selleys, stop the leaks and you might have a chance. There is a leak every day,’ Stefanovic said on Wednesday.
But Mr Morrison said the Liberal Party’s ‘Muppet Show’ of the past two weeks was over and fired back in spectacular fashion.
‘Karl, you’ve been through some torrid events in your career and look at you. You are Australia’s hero. You get over these things. You move past them,’ Mr Morrison said.
Stefanovic said he would ‘take that’ from a sitting prime minister.
Mr Morrison said he would ‘take inspiration’ from the Today host.
‘Don’t take anything from me my friend, just go on and lead this country,’ Stefanovic replied.
Mr Morrison insisted he had control of his party, despite the third leak from his government in as many days.
The latest leak revealed pre-election plans to fast track company tax cuts for small and medium businesses, costing $3.6 billion and delivered by as early as 2021.
‘Karl, you have been through some torrid events in your career and look at you,’ Mr Morrison said
‘I’m not fussed about those things, what’s the big deal?’ Mr Morrison said.
‘The prime minister is interested in actually cutting taxes for small and medium businesses. What are they going to predict next, the dawn?’
Despite making few changes to his ministerial line-up, the prime minister said he was leading a ‘new generation’ team.
‘Those events drew to a close many, many years of bitterness on a whole range of issues from previous generations,’ Mr Morrison said.
Liberal MP Julia Banks and Senator Lucy Gichuhi both say they were subjected to bullying and intimidation from male colleagues during the leadership turmoil.
Mr Morrison said as a father of two daughters, the allegations were personal.
‘I’ve been speaking with the whip and dealing with this issue internally as an internal matter within our team working closely with (Women’s Minister) Kelly O’Dwyer on that,’ he said.
Stefanovic said he’d ‘take that’ from a sitting prime minister
‘I’ve set the standard. I live that standard, I live my values, I lead by my own values. People know what I expect of them and I’ll be holding them to account for what they do under my prime ministership.’
Earlier, Mr Morrison said he accepted toppling Mr Turnbull in a bitter leadership coup was unacceptable and had disappointed all Australians.
‘It was a confusing and bewildering series of events, and events that I did not have any part in,’ he told the Seven Network on Wednesday.
More to come.