Australia'Do you really expect it to become a tourist attraction?' Scott Morrison is ridiculed by TV reporter who challenges him over Western Sydney Airport
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Scott Morrison has been ridiculed after comparing tourist attractions like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House to an airport visitor centre in the city's west.
The Prime Minister was grilled by a television reporter when he unveiled the new visitor centre for the Western Sydney International Airport on Monday.
Mr Morrison said the new facility would be a drawcard for locals and tourists with prime views of the airport's construction, which will take five years to build.
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'Locals and tourists will be able to take in Western Sydney International Airport years before a plane even takes off,' the first line of Mr Morrison's press release states.
'This centre will provide an opportunity for the people of Western Sydney to see first-hand the transformation underway in the region, driven by the airport's development.'
Channel 10 reporter Daniel Sutton used the press conference to ask Mr Morrison why people would flock to a visitor centre overlooking a construction site.
'Can you really expect that tourists will want to visit Sydney, go to the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, and the Western Sydney airport experience?' Mr Sutton quizzed.
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'Do you really think they will?' Mr Sutton continued.
'Yeah, sure, why not?' the Prime Minister responded.
Mr Morrison then refused to quote a figure when asked how many visitors the centre was expected to attract, saying it would accommodate 'as many we can cater for.
'There'll be a lot of schoolkids coming here too which I think is really important. I mean when I was a kid we went out on an open excursion the Warragamba Dam we visited the experience centre just like this. I remember it to this day,' he said.
But Mr Sutton wasn't finished with his questioning.
'Do you expect it to become a tourist attraction? Do you?' he asked again.
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Mr Morrison responded: 'I'm happy for people to come and visit it, why not! Look at the story that's being told. I mean if people are coming out to Western Sydney why wouldn't you stop in and have a look.'
The Prime Minister then hailed the centre as great facility that tells a wonderful story about western Sydney.
A cameraman at the press conference likened the awkward exchange as something from Utopia.
The exchange has since sparked a hilarious reaction on social media.
'Does he even realise he no longer works for Tourism Australia? Maybe he will rehash...New Sydney Airport, where the bloody hell are you,' one person tweeted.
Another added: 'Who needs the (dying) Great Barrier Reef when tourists can slog out to western Sydney and watch government videos on rotation? I present to you the Morrison Government.'
Earlier, Mr Morrison was challenged by another reporter over the cost of the visitor centre and how much of the bill will be footed by taxpayers.
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The Prime Minister repeatedly refused to say how much facility cost, citing commercial in-confidence.
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