Just when you thought Prime Minister (leader of the country) Scott Morrison could not possibly give less of a fuck about the fires, he was spotted on a flight to Hawaii.
I, too, am screaming.
Where's the Prime Minister? We just confirmed with the Deputy PM's office that he's acting PM until at least Thursday. Have they noticed the country is on fire? We have heard rumours @ScottMorrisonMP is in Hawaii #ClimateEmergency
— David Shoebridge (@ShoebridgeMLC) December 16, 2019
Hawaii and #MorrisonFires are trending 1 and 2 on Twitter, largely due to the fact that we’d all love to be in Hawaii instead of breathing in Sydney’s toxic air. Meanwhile, the man in charge of the whole country is breathing fresh air and (probably) sipping mojitos on a beach somewhere.
It’s no secret that Scott Morrison gives less than half a fuck about the fires, the toxic smoke, or the future of the planet. But c’mon Scotty, you’ve gotta at least pretend to care.
Since the fires first started back in early November (yes, it’s been over a month of constant burning), Scott Morrison has been absent. It’s been a while, so let me give you a quick refresher on what exactly our PM has been up to in the last month.
Former fire chiefs tried to get him to address the issue, then he suggested a “great summer of cricket” would give the firefighters something to cheer about. Later, Q&A revealed that our deplorable climate change policy is somehow even more fucked than we thought, he came to Sydney to discuss the Religious Discrimination Act, said firefighters don’t deserve to be compensated for their efforts, then he got trapped in a building for 30 minutes as a result of the smoke.
Finally, on December 11, he admitted that hey, it’s a bit smokey in Sydney. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t actually going to do anything about it. But he’s finally admitted it.
So what has he done to deserve a Hawaii vacation? Absolutely nothing.
Volunteer firefighters have been risking their lives for over a month straight for $0 with no luxurious Hawaii holiday in sight. But somehow, Scott Morrison decided he’d take a quick little trip to get some fresh air.
So our Prime Minister is luxuriating in Hawaii while Australia burns. I’m sure our unpaid volunteer firefighters would prefer a tropical holiday than fighting the #MorrisonFires. What a coward Morrison is! https://t.co/tAy6kWhVg3
— DoctorWho MindRobber (@VivienFleming) December 16, 2019
People were quick to draw comparisons between Scott Morrison and Christine Nixon, who was crucified for going out for dinner during the Black Saturday fires.
— bigchefjay (@bigchefjay) December 16, 2019
Others were more interested in sharing their utter disappointment in the PM.
@ScottMorrisonMP you wanted to be PM so how about to do the job instead of nicking off on an overseas holiday during a catastrophe that you’ve so far refused to do anything about except give thoughts & prayers and have photo ops #MorrisonFires #auspol https://t.co/nyHbtD0278
— Grace???????? (@GeekyGraceElyse) December 16, 2019
The #Morrisonfires sounds fitting for a man who has abandoned the country during a national crisis to go on a Hawaiian vacation.
We are watching and you are nowhere to be seen, @ScottMorrisonMP.
— Shaney Hudson (@shaneyhudson) December 16, 2019
#MorrisonFires Where the bloody hell are ya?
— Dimitri Borodin (@vladimir19586) December 16, 2019
— Merry Leafmas (@LeafMario) December 16, 2019
— Getdownsy (@getdownsy) December 16, 2019
Scott Morrison left us. Scott Morrison let us down.
Australia simply deserves better.Image: AAP Images / Mick Tsikas