- Scott Morrison’s right-hand man’s Photoshop fail
- Pasted himself into family pic for pre-selection fight
Liberal Party powerbroker Alex Hawke has been caught out by ‘the worst Photoshop job ever’ after he crudely pasted himself into a family photo as he fights for his political life.
The former confidant and right-hand man of ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now facing a battle to keep his seat in Parliament in a local pre-selection row.
The father of four is fighting for survival as the Liberal candidate for his Mitchell seat in Sydney‘s Hills region in the city’s north-west.
But in his rush to create a pre-selection booklet to help him in his fight, his attempts to Photoshop himself into a happy family snap have earned him ridicule.
The family photograph of his wife and children pictured in the booklet also appears on his Facebook page – but without him in it.
Someone has instead pasted in a headshot of Mr Hawke wearing a formal business suit into the background of the otherwise relaxed family groupshot.
Liberal powerbroker Alex Hawke has been caught out by ‘the worst Photoshop job ever’ after he pasted himself into a family photo as fights for his political life
The family photograph of his wife and children pictured in the booklet also appears on his Facebook page – but without him in it
The photographic fail has been slammed online, with one social media user branding it ‘one of the worst photoshops we’ve ever seen’.
He said the MP’s pre-selection campaign reeked of ‘real school captain election energy.’
Mr Hawke was the loyal numbers man for Scott Morrison in the 2018 political coup that saw him replace Malcolm Turnbull as Coalition leader and Prime Minister.
But despite their close links over the years, Mr Morrison is not mentioned anywhere in Mr Hawke’s pre-selection booklet, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
It’s alleged Mr Hawke’s once-tight links with the former PM is now working against him in his bid to be reselected for the next federal election.
He doesn’t feature in a list of glowing references and endorsements by leading Coalition figures like Liberal leader Peter Dutton, his deputy Sussan Ley and Voice activist Nyunggai Warren Mundine.
In a recent interview with political commentator Niki Savva, Mr Hawke, the former immigration minister, had moved to distance himself from the ex-PM.
The former confidant and right-hand man of ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now facing a battle to keep his seat in Parliament in a local pre-selection row
Mr Morrison has faced his own ridicule after it was revealed he had secretly appointed himself to five ministerial positions during the Covid pandemic.
In a recent interview with political commentator Niki Savva, Mr Hawke had moved to distance himself from the ex-PM and turned on his former close ally
Mr Hawke told Ms Savva the PM had become ‘addicted’ to power, ‘didn’t really take advice from people’ and ‘wasn’t a great listener’.
He also said the onset of the Covid pandemic had saved Mr Morrison from losing his job as PM after he went on holiday to Hawaii at the height of the 2019 bushfire crisis.
A NSW State Parliament corruption inquiry earlier this year heard allegations of Liberal Party branch stacking and a $50,000 bid to de-select Mr Hawke from the Mitchell seat in 2019.
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