Sarah Abo loses control of Morrison, Albanian, the debate of the leaders of Channel 9 cut short

Nine’s “Great Debate” was slammed by onlookers as an “s ** tshow” after Sunday’s showdown resulted in a screaming match over China.

Nine’s “Great Debate” format was slammed by viewers as an “s ** tshow” after Sunday’s showdown resulted in a screaming match between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.

Furious Aussie wasted no time in slamming the social media debate, with one describing it as the “worst debate I’ve ever seen” and political commentator Ronni Salt declaring it an “insult to the public.”

Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young took the opportunity to call for an independent debate committee that oversees the official ABC election debate, while ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland also took to Twitter to point out that “It’s not too late for an ABC discussion. “

Meanwhile, ABC data analyst Casey Briggs pointed out that “viewer verdicts” from public debates were “utterly meaningless,” and the Guardian’s Josh Butler also took the opportunity to tease “the most intelligent people of the nation “.

During last night’s debate, host Sarah Abo repeatedly tried to bring things back under control after the Prime Minister and the Labor leader both lost their temper in a heated discussion about the Solomon Islands and China.

“You both accepted the rules,” Abo pleaded at one point as the two men yelled at her and at each other.

The bad scenes began with Morrison being asked to define what his “red line” would entail if China established a military base in the Solomon Islands.

“It means that what Australia believes would be completely against our national interest, and we also believe it will be against the national interest of the Solomon Islands, and we share that view in similar language with the United States,” he said.

Asked by host Chris Uhlmann how Australia will apply such a “red line”, Morrison said it would be “very unwise for any government to speculate on these issues.”

“What’s the use of talking about a red line if we don’t know what you mean by it?” Uhlmann asked

“This means everyone has a clear understanding of what the positions are … people understand that we will work with partners to ensure the outcome prevents that,” Morrison said.

Albanese then reiterated that it was a “massive failure of foreign policy”, the “biggest since the Second World War”.

“The government said it would organize the Pacific Step Up. Instead, it’s a Pacific thing, “he said.” We know China is more aggressive and forward-looking in the region. We know they are trying to increase their influence in the region. “

Mr. Morrison asked Mr. Albanian because Labor have cut defense spending.

“I’ll make this comment, Scott. When I was a minister, we used to put the US Marines in Darwin. When you were minister, we had the port of Darwin sold to a company linked to the Communist Party of China, ”he replied.

This triggered an angry response from the Prime Minister, who insisted that the federal government “had no authority over that sale.”

“Your party, you got it – you allowed it to happen,” Albanese insisted.

“You couldn’t have had any influence on CLP [Country Liberal Party] Government of the Territory, when did they sell off the port of Darwin to China “

Abo attempted to intervene during this exchange as the two yelled at each other. “I think we’re getting more questions,” he told her.

“Excuse me, I think we’re getting more questions from you two than from our panel … Mr. Morrison and Mr. Albanese, that’s enough, we have to move on … You both accepted the rules this evening.”

The two leaders went into another round of shouting after the prime minister asked how the Labor leader “would stand up to China when some of the loudest rumors about being pro-Beijing came from your party,” repeating an attack on China. deputy leader Richard Marles.

“This is an outrageous insult,” Albanese said.

“Work has always been good for national security. The work will always take national security issues seriously ”.

“How many times has Richard Marles met the Chinese ambassador to Australia” Mr. Morrison asked.

“This is just an outrageous insult,” Albanese said.

“How many times do you know?”

“Well, how many times has your government, of which you belong, invited the leader of the Communist Party of China to speak in parliament?”

“One time.”

“This is the only time that has happened, and Labor has never happened. The work has never done it. “

“Hey [Richard Marles] passes his speeches on to the Chinese government ”.

“This is an outrageous insult,” Mr. Albanese said again, as the screams resumed.

“We have to move forward,” Abo said. “We have given you more than enough time. You two have had more than enough time. You accepted these rules before joining the program tonight.

Speaking after the debate, Abo agreed with his fellow guests that he needed a whistle during the exchange.

“Or a gavel, because they weren’t listening,” he said. “This speaks to the night, they were really engaged.”

The reaction to the online debate was mixed.

“This format is not great,” wrote Sky News political editor Andrew Clennell.

ABC comedian Mark Humphries suggested that Nine “should remove the second word from that graphic ‘The Great Debate’”.

He added: “A big round of applause to everyone who came to the end of that shit show.”

There was further confusion when Nine revealed the winner of the debate, with Abo initially claiming that Mr. Albanese had won 52% to 48%.

But a few minutes later he said Morrison had won 51% to 49% after another 30,000 votes had been counted.

Eventually Abo said it was a 50-50 verdict.

frank.chung@news.com.au

Originally published as ‘S ** tshow’: guest loses control as leaders debate leads to screaming meeting on China

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