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Morrison, Hadley fight over MP 'bludgers'

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison and radio broadcaster Ray Hadley have squared off over the work ethic of federal politicians.

Hadley criticised the lack of sitting days between Tuesday's resumption of parliament and the end of the year during his regular spot with the cabinet minister.

"Tell that to the truck driver that got up at 4am this morning in Penrith and gets home at 8.30 tonight," the 2GB host told Mr Morrison, citing the 27 days MPs will be in Canberra before the summer break.

"Well I'm happy to tell him that Ray because we work every single day," he replied.

But Hadley wasn't impressed.

"You might work every single day but I'm sure there are a lot of bludgers and leaners inside the federal parliament who are delighted to go home every Thursday ... and come back on Sunday night or Monday morning."

Mr Morrison labelled that comment a "slur", challenging Hadley to name names.

Suggesting MPs were not working because they were not physically sitting in parliament was a nonsense, he said.

The treasurer tried to use Hadley as an example, claiming he doesn't just work the three hours when he's on air.

"Don't drag me into it," the broadcaster hit back.

"I'm not getting paid by the public, you are."

It wasn't the pair's first heated interview.

Last September Hadley tried to get the then social services minister to swear on a bible over his support for former prime minister Tony Abbott.

They since made up, auctioning off the bible.

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