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Prime Minister Scott Morrison's press conference interrupted by foghorns in Newcastle

Cargo ships with blaring foghorns are a daily occurrence in the Port of Newcastle.

And on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison got the full Newcastle in NSW's Hunter Valley experience when his press conference was twice interrupted by the infamous foghorns.

Mr Morrison flanked Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell as she made her first official campaign speech when a passing coal ship interrupted her.

"I pledge to put the people of Paterson first," Ms Vitnell said, before the ship blared its horn.

Ms Vitnell paused her speech for the lengthy horn, prompting Mr Morrison and Liberal candidate for Shortland Nell McGill to burst out into laughter.

Liberal candidates Nell McGill and Brooke Vitnell and Prime Minister laughed when a foghorn interrupted their press conference in the Port of Newcastle on Monday.

Liberal candidates Nell McGill and Brooke Vitnell and Prime Minister laughed when a foghorn interrupted their press conference in the Port of Newcastle on Monday.

Minutes later, Mr Morrison answered a question about "what message he sold to Glasgow" at the recent COP26 Climate Summit.

"Our commitment to net zero by 2050 is not going to be achieved by legislating jobs away, it's not going to be achieved by forcing people to do things. It's going to be achieved by getting the costs of the technologies that change the world down," Mr Morrison said.

Another foghorn then blared in the background, prompting Ms Vitnell and Ms McGill to chuckle.

But a determined Mr Morrison carried on with his answer: "Not by putting the cost of other things up. You don't have to put electricity prices up to get emissions down. You don't have to sell out your economy and the jobs in your economy to get your emissions down."

Mr Morrison was in Newcastle to endorse to the two Liberal candidates as well as announce a $3 million feasibility study into the potential of a "green hydrogen hub" at the Port of Newcastle.

Having returned from Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, Mr Morrison's government will commit $1.5 million towards the study, with the Port of Newcastle and Macquarie Group's Green Investment Group to cover the other half.

Determined: Mr Morrison would not let a second foghorn interuppt the press conference as he answered a question.

Determined: Mr Morrison would not let a second foghorn interuppt the press conference as he answered a question.

The study will consider the best location for "the Port of Newcastle Hydrogen Hub".

Monday's visit to the Hunter is Mr Morrison's fourth this year, amid a strong Coalition push to win seats at the next federal election.

On his latest visit, he will announce the Liberal candidates for the seats of Paterson and Shortland - Brooke Vitnell and Nell McGill.

As for the feasibility study, Mr Morrison said it would pinpoint the region's potential as a hydrogen hub.

"Newcastle and the Hunter will be a key part of the $1.2 billion we're investing in Australia's hydrogen industry," Mr Morrison said.

"With continuing strong demand for baseload power fuels and the potential as a clean energy hub, Newcastle and the Hunter will be an important part of Australia's transition under our plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050."

Watch Mr Morrison's full press conference here:

This story Only in Newcastle: Foghorns interrupt Prime Minister's press conference first appeared on Newcastle Herald.