Scott Morrison’s New Year’s Message Has Left A Lot Of People Angry
There were millions of Aussies who celebrated the year 2020 as the clock struck midnight on Tuesday.
Many will have been singing 'Auld Lang Syne' and hoping the coming 366 days will be better than 2019.
But there will still be loads more Australians who will have the current bushfire crisis at the front of their minds. Whether they're directly involved in the fires, have a loved one on the frontline or just concerned about the state of the country, it's hard not to be caught up in the tragedy of it all.
That's why the Prime Minister's message for the New Year has left people a little irked.
Published in the Herald Sun, Scott Morrison declared 2020 to be the Year of Living Optimistically, yet with the bushfire crisis showing no signs of letting up, there are many who don't agree with that sentiment.
Photos uploaded to social media show that there are loads of people who won't be optimistic right now and their long-term future really hangs in the balance.
"Whatever our trials, whatever disasters have befallen us, we have never succumbed to panic. And we will not do this now in the face of the current fire crisis," Mr Morrison wrote.
"As always there will be unforeseen challenges and we will respond to them in our usual calm and stable way.
"Our goal is simple, to enable all Australians to get on with their lives in the greatest country in the world and plan for their future with confidence.
"So, as we start 2020, let's remind ourselves of what makes us such a great nation. The efforts and contribution of millions of quiet, decent Australians working hard to realise their aspirations for themselves and their families.
"Let 2020 be another year of Australians living optimistically."
Mr Morrison went into how his government will be tackling things like the budget and other pertinent issues, however people really took issue with him spreading a message that didn't dig to the heart of what many Australians are enduring at the moment.
One person said: "So Gladys and the fire commissioner went down to see the destruction on the south coast. You had a tea party with cricketers. Scott Morrison what a disgrace you are."
Another wrote: "Are you joking. The country is on its knees and you are trying to score political points. You've all lost the plot. Show some respect."
The gaslighting is literally making me sick.
- Ms Dines (@ms_dines) January 1, 2020
A third added: "Astonishing absence of leadership from Scott Morrison on the national bushfire crisis. A total disgrace."
Mr Morrison said in a press conference that Australians will enjoy backing our cricketers during this tough time.
"Whether they're started by lightning storms or whatever the cause may be, our firefighters and all of those have come behind them to support them, whether they're volunteering on the front line or behind the scenes in a great volunteer effort, it is something that will happen against the backdrop of this test match," he said.
"But at the same time Australians will be gathered whether it's at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) or around television sets all around the country and they'll be inspired by the great feats of our cricketers from both sides of the Tasman and I think they'll be encouraged by the spirit shown by Australians and the way that people have gone about remembering the terrible things that other Australians are dealing with at the moment."
The Prime Minister was particularly criticised for hosting a backyard cricket event between the Australian and New Zealand teams at Kirribilli House as a Navy ship was preparing to leave Sydney Harbour to deliver much needed aid to residents who evacuated onto the beach and into the water on Victoria's southeast coast.
The town of Mallacoota was decimated when a bushfire rolled in just before New Year's Eve and around 4,000 people had to evacuate to the beach.
Victorian emergency responders have been working around the clock to stop the bushfire as well as keep those people who fled for their lives safe.
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