Love each other, PM Morrison preaches

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to love each other in a speech aimed at uniting his fractured party.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the Menzies Research Centre

"You love all Australians if you love Australia," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a forum. (AAP)

Scott Morrison wants Australians to love each other and his party members to love each other too.

In a speech in Albury on Thursday, the prime minister harked back to the values the Liberal party was established on in the NSW border town in 1943.

"Robert Menzies brought them here to unite them about what they believed in," Mr Morrison told the Menzies Research Centre forum on Thursday.

"Because you can't just be about what you're opposed to, you've got to be about what you're for.

Mr Morrison told his MPs, who are still reeling from a damaging leadership spill, that Menzies spoke about freedom of faith, religion, speech and association.

"That's great place to start a party, I reckon. And it's a great place to continue to run a party from," he said.

In a speech that sounded at times like a sermon, Mr Morrison said bringing the country together started with individual choices.

"We all love Australia. Of course we do. But do we love all Australians? That's a different question, isn't it?" he said.

"We've got to. That's what brings a country together. You love all Australians if you love Australia."

Mr Morrison said anyone worried about what he would do to Medicare or Centrelink should know he is committed to looking after people.

"Remember, my value is: we look after our mates," he said.

"That's why we have a safety net in this country, to protect people. But it works as a trampoline, not as a snare."

After dumping a policy to raise the retirement age from 67 to 70, Mr Morrison said he would listen to older and younger Australians.

"Whether it's environment issues in particular, my ears are very alert. The War On Waste - yes, I have seen it, (on the) ABC.

"I get it. That's what's focusing and concerning (young Australians), so that means it matters to me too."

Mr Morrison said he was praying for rain in drought-affected areas, and he urged those who "believe in the power of prayer" to pray too.

He promised "a fair go for those who have a go".

"I think that's what fairness means in this country. It's not about everybody getting the same thing," he said.

"If you put in, you get to take out."

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Published 6 September 2018 at 4:16pm
Source: AAP