Former Army Chief David Morrison has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his very first speech after getting the Australian of the Year award.

Morrison is known for his capacity to slam people by delivering slapdown speeches. Regardless of Turnbull announcing and presenting the award to the army staff, Morrison took the pleasure to deliver his acceptance speech at the Australia Day where he used an ironical way to criticise in using the “exciting time” line on all occasions.

Morrison, in his speech, diplomatically targeted Turnbull’s catchphrase which he regularly used since he became the prime minister of the nation. The PM often said there has “never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.” Turnbull, at the ceremony at the Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night, said there had “never been a more exciting time to be a finalist in the 2016 Australian of the year awards,” which Morrison was found to support only partially.

Morrison targeted the prime minister diplomatically using the leader’s favourite line. “It is an extraordinary time to be an Australian, but I need to give it qualified agreement,” the Australian of the Year awardee, in his ironical tone towards Turnbull, stated as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The former army chief and ex-Lieutenant General Morrison is the chairman of Diversity Council Australia at present. “For treasons beyond education and professional qualifications or willingness to contribute or a desire to be part of our society … too many of our fellow Australians are denied the opportunity to reach their potential,” Yahoo News quoted the award winner as saying. “It happens because of their gender, because of the god they believe in, because of their racial heritage, because they’re not able-bodied, because of their sexual orientation.”

Morrison specified that he will never hesitate to take up and discuss controversial issues in 2016. In addition, he promised to continue working for gender equality and at the same time promote the Australian Republican Movement.