Mr Morrison sparked a war of words with Labor states on Thursday when he said governments should take a “step back” and stop interfering with people’s lives once vaccination targets are met.
He added the federal government only supported mandatory vaccinations in high-risk settings such as health and aged care, in a pointed remark against jurisdictions that have introduced more broader vaccine mandates. 
Mr Morrison doubled down on his comments on Friday, saying he had “sympathy for Australians who’ve had a gutful of governments telling them what to do over the last two years”.
The comments came amid protests over Victoria’s controversial pandemic bill and vaccine mandates.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews accused Mr Morrison of trying to secure the votes of “extremist” protesters through “double speak”.
“The Prime Minister had an opportunity to be unequivocal in his language and he chose not to do so,” Mr Albanese said on Saturday. 
“The Prime Minister had a chance to lead and show strength. Instead he showed weakness and opportunism.”
Mr Albanese referenced Mr Morrison’s comments in March, when thousands protested against sexual violence, where the Prime Minister said: “Not far from here, such marches, even now, are being met with bullets – but not here in this country”. 
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The March rally came at the same time as when police in Myanmar fired rubber bullets at protesters demonstrating against a military coup in the country.   
“This is a Prime Minister, who, when women marched on Parliament House, made a statement on the floor of the parliament, that the March for Justice, if it occurred in other countries, they may well have been shot,” Mr Albanese said. 
“But at the same time, when people marched on the Victorian parliament, with gallows, threatening explicitly to hang members of parliament and to engage in violent behaviour and threats towards Members of Parliament, the Prime Minister chose to say that he understood their frustration.
“What we need in this country is not the entry of the sort of politics of fear and division.”
Mr Andrews and his family this week received death threats, with the Premier also forced to call out “appalling behaviour” that saw demonstrators wheel around a set of gallows in front of parliament house with a replica doll of him alongside.  
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Mr Morrison on Friday said he did not condone violence, threats or intimidation. 
“I completely and totally and continue to denunciate any violence, any threat, any intimidation and any suggestion that I have not done that is completely false. I have been completely clear on that issue,” Mr Morrison said. 
“What I’m also very clear about is our national plan. What I’m also very clear about is it’s important that governments keeps their side of the deal.
“I don’t have sympathy for violence. I don’t have sympathy for intimidation or threats whatsoever. I have encouraged people not to participate in that, including those who would number themselves amongst Liberal Party ranks.” 

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