Laura Tingle and Scott Morrison at the National Press Club (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Scott Morrison tried to kick off his National Press Club (NPC) address on a note of contrition. 

“I haven’t got everything right, and I’ll take my fair share of the criticism and the blame,” the prime minister said. 

Throughout the address, which marks the start of the political year, and which was Morrison’s first opportunity to really claw back momentum after a summer of incompetence, the prime minister remained on the defensive.