It’s ironic that the phrase coined by Scott Morrison in his tourist marketing days has come back to haunt him.
Keeping his holiday location secret from the public while he was overseas holiday when the general public opinion was that he should’ve been in Australia during a time of great crisis was a huge political blunder.
And remaining overseas while what will be the worst bushfires in Australian history devastate northern New South Wales and Queensland only made the situation worse.
Now, in response to death of of two volunteer firefighters in NSW as they battled a bushfire Prime Minister Scott Morris will return from a family holiday “as soon as can be arranged”.
Not immediately but as soon as can be arranged.
All that expensive empathy training doesn’t seem to have made much of an impact.
Everyone’s been very careful not to criticise Scott Morrison absence including Anthony Albanese because Scott needs an opportunity to take a holiday with his children
But former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins summed up the situation perfectly, “Look, everybody needs a holiday. frankly at the moment, the federal government’s not doing much in this space anyway. So I don’t think it really matters.”
Morrison’s criticism of Victorian police Commissioner Christine Nixon for going out to dinner during the Black Saturday bushfires has also received wide public media attention. It’s funny how long it takes for things to come round to bite you on the bum.
Morrison’s apology for being overseas
“I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time,” Mr Morrison said.
has drawn widespread condemnation on social media.
This will probably be one of the defining moments of his primeministership