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PM rejects criticism of Father's Day trip

Scott Morrison has dismissed a backlash over his travel between locked-down Canberra and Sydney for Father's Day.

The prime minister accused former Labor leader Bill Shorten of a "cheap shot" after he described Mr Morrison's judgment as appalling.

Mr Morrison took an air force jet from the national capital to his hometown on Friday and spent the weekend in Sydney before returning to the ACT on Monday.

Health authorities granted him an exemption to return to Canberra with his movement restricted to The Lodge and Parliament House.

"In politics, people like to take a lot of swings at you and you get pretty used to it, but sometimes those jabs can be low blows," Mr Morrison told Sky News on Tuesday.

He cited secure documents and conversations as the reason he needed to work from Canberra on Monday.

"I can understand people's frustration but I do think there has been a lot of misinformation about this."

Mr Shorten said many Australians were unable to see family on Father's Day because of border closures.

"It's not that he doesn't deserve to see his kids, but so does every other Australian," the Labor frontbencher told the Nine Network.

"When people are doing it tough, you've got to do it tough too.

"You can't have one rule for Mr Morrison and another rule for everyone else. I just think it's appalling judgment."

The prime minister denied suggestions he tried to cover up the trip by posting a months-old family photo to social media on Father's Day.

"Frankly it's a bit of a cheap shot particularly given the leader of the Labor Party and I both understand these arrangements and don't take issue with them," Mr Morrison said.

Travel between Sydney and Canberra is banned unless an exemption is granted, with NSW and the ACT both under strict stay-at-home orders.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said people were understandably frustrated with Mr Morrison's travel.

"It's not really a particularly good look," he told reporters in Canberra.

But he said it was reasonable to grant exemptions for the prime minister to attend meetings of the national security committee of cabinet.

"I'm not the prime minister's keeper. I don't offer political advice to the prime minister and he probably wouldn't listen even if I did."

Mr Barr said the ACT had to trust Mr Morrison could not have dialled in to the secure meeting from Sydney.

Federal Labor MP Luke Gosling tweeted a picture while quarantining in the Northern Territory after returning home following last week's parliamentary sitting.

"Happy to be doing my part at Howard Springs after being in Canberra for parliament," he said.

"Sure I missed Father's Day with my family but hey, we're all in this together right?"

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