The Ray Hadley and Scott Morrison bromance is over
THE 'bromance' between Treasurer Scott Morrison and Sydney radio heavyweight Ray Hadley, once one of his most vocal supporters, is officially over.
The split comes after weeks of increased tension between the pair, with Mr Morrison this morning abandoning his regular slot with Mr Hadley on 2GB radio and instead being interviewed by ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine.
Mr Hadley said Mr Morrison would not return as a regular, and said the Treasurer's staff had told him he couldn't appear on the program this morning because he was "travelling".
"If he wants to dud me then he'll get dudded every chance he gets.
"The love affair or the bromance that people have written about is over.
Mr Morrison has been a guest on the Ray Hadley Morning Show, which is syndicated across the state and into Queensland, for more than four years.
Mr Hadley's on-air spray caused some ire among listeners, some of whom accused him of being "too precious".
"It's not the Scott Morrison radio program, it's the Ray Hadley radio program," Mr Hadley said, "banning" one listener for a week.
Continuing to take aim at Mr Morrison, Mr Hadley threatened to bring former prime minister Tony Abbott on as a replacement.
Mr Abbott has continuously irritated some in the government by weighing in on numerous policy areas, just this morning telling Mr Hadley's stablemate Alan Jones renewable energy subsidies should be scrapped and the Senate should be reformed.
"By the end of today we will have an able replacement, someone who will come on and talk about things that are happening regularly in parliament, someone perhaps from the backbench," Mr Hadley said.
"I guess Cory Bernardi would be more than happy to come on and talk, maybe the former Prime Minister."
The on-air tiff is bad timing for Mr Morrison, as he prepares to hand down his budget next month and talks up the government's housing affordability plans.
But Mr Morrison and Mr Hadley, the long-time king of Sydney's morning radio ratings, have been in terse exchanges in the past.
In a bizarre exchange after former prime minister Tony Abbott was rolled as Liberal leader, Mr Hadley demanded Mr Morrison swear an oath on a bible about his conduct during the spill - but the Treasurer declined.
I don't see what my faith's got to do with it, Ray," Mr Morrison said.
"You get to judge my policies but you don't get to judge my faith, mate."
In August, Mr Morrison and Mr Hadley clashed after the shock jock took aim at the small number of parliamentary sitting days.
"Tell that to the truck driver that got up at 4am in Penrith and gets out at 8.30pm," Mr Hadley said after Mr Morrison assured listeners MPs were working hard.
Mr Morrison's office has been contacted for comment.
This comes as Mr Morrison reaffirms the Coalition's opposition to changing negative gearing tax concessions.
In a key pre-budget address to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute today, Mr Morrison will reaffirm the Coalition's strident opposition to changing negative gearing tax concessions.