Scott Morrison repeatedly refused to say whether Australia's unemployment has peaked amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister was asked if the unexpected drop in the jobless rate from 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent in August meant the worst was over.
More than 110,000 Australians returned to work over that month, according to ABS figures, as all states but Victoria stayed open and the economy improved.
Mr Morrison was asked the question point-blank three times by ABC Insiders host David Speers on Sunday morning and wouldn't give a straight answer.
'Well it's a bit hard to say, on the measured rate, I must say and there are conflicting views,' he said.
'The figures that came out this week were a pleasant encouragement in terms of their improvement but for those who still don't have a job, that is no comfort to them.'
Speers tried again: 'But has it peaked now? What's your view? What's your sense of it?'
Mr Morrison instead said he was pleased the economy was adding more jobs and expected there would be more over the next three months.
Speers interrupted in a third attempt to get a firm answer: 'So it might have peaked? It might have peaked Prime Minister?'
Women are leading Australia out of the coronavirus recession with unemployment falling in August for the first time since the health crisis - creating 111,000 new jobs. Pictured is Sydney Mitre 10 hardware manager Ching Ching
Mr Morrison said he was trying to answer the question, but failed to give Speers a straight answer for a third time.
'David, I’m trying to answer the question, if you’d let me answer the question,' he said.
'I'm saying there are going to be more jobs come back in.
'The measured rate of unemployment will depend on how many people, what the participation rate is, and all of those things.
The PM said once Victoria finally got out of lockdown there would be many more back at work, and he expected