Old Footage Shows Scott Morrison Slamming Leader For Being Away During Black Saturday Bushfires
Mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of Australia's leader while the country burns.
There are rumours that Scott Morrison has nicked off to Hawaii with his family for some rest and relaxation - something that the firefighters and emergency service workers who have been working around the clock to keep everyone safe during the bushfire season would no doubt love to hear.
There are some people who are defending Mr Morrison's holiday at the same time of a bushfire emergency. But interestingly, the Prime Minister has discussed senior officials taking leisure time during crises before.
PM Scott Morrison is being criticised for quietly going on holiday while parts of the nation are experiencing extensive bushfires. ' @vanOnselenP #auspol pic.twitter.com/wTIhy2dsxi
- 10 News First Sydney (@10NewsFirstSyd) December 17, 2019
The Black Saturday bushfires happened in Victoria 10 years ago claimed the lives of 173 people and is still one of the darkest days in the country's history. But then Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon copped a barrage of criticism because she went for dinner during the bushfires.
The year after the brutal bushfires, Scott Morrison was on Q&A and was asked about his thoughts on Ms Nixon's actions.
"She's clearly made a bad judgement call," Mr Morrison told the audience.
"That happens to people from time to time but this was a very serious issue and I think there are very serious concerns in the community about exercising judgement.
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"It's incumbent on all of us in public life to make decisions following that in the best interests of the ongoing nature of the program."
And that statement was made about someone who had dinner during a bushfire, let alone someone who has disappeared out of the country while an emergency continues to rage.
Yesterday, while the country was collectively asking #WhereTheBloodyHellAreYou, a group of fire experts came together to announce a bushfire emergency summit.
The Emergency Leaders for Climate Action say the meeting is a response to the 'huge disappointment in the lack of national leadership during a bushfire crisis'.
The Prime Minister has acknowledged that this bushfire season has been bad and even went as far as admitting that climate change has played a role, but he called for calm.
Former fire chief Greg Mullins said that sentiment is not welcome at this time.
Mullins said: "What we feel is that there's just still this denial of the problem and where we have denial of the problem, there's not going to be any action.
"So we'll go it alone. We'll arrange a national summit that will look at building standards, fuel management practices, response capability and national coordination arrangements.
"We'll invite the prime minister and we hope that he comes too."
No doubt there will be a lot of questions for Mr Morrison when he arrives back from wherever he's been.
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