Morrison crumbles over Apple Isle shorts

Daniel McCulloch

A curiously Tasmanian fashion statement has Scott Morrison scratching his head.

The prime minister flew into the northwest of the state on Tuesday with an election promise to upgrade a clogged local road.

But when he stepped into a Burnie cafe from the cold, windy weather the frigid conditions really hit home.

Mr Morrison and wife Jenny snapped selfies with Guy Prowse - introduced to him as a local celebrity - after trying to thaw out with a coffee and slice of berry crumble.

"It was a pleasure to meet you - I don't know about shorts though," the prime minister joked.

"You Tasmanians and your shorts, in the middle of winter!"

Guy's mate Daniel - who was also sporting shorts in the 15C degree heat - was having none of it.

"These mainlanders are soft, aren't they mate?", he said.