Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Australia PM ‘misled public’ on fires - predecessor

Australia PM ‘misled public’ on fires - predecessor

As the devastating bushfires continue to burn across Australia, Australian Consulates in Auckland, Wellington, and around the world are being met by protestors demanding more pressure be put on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"It's a very cynical strategy based on the idea that the fires will end, the drought will be broken and people will move on", stated John Hewson, a former chief of the center-right Liberal Party, to which Mr. Morrison and Mr. Kelly belong.

"I can not explain anything about this".

"Rather than doing what a leader should do".

"Which is just nonsense from a scientific point of view". So instead of doing what a guide should do and preparing people for it, he downplayed it and then of course chose to go on vacation to Hawaii at the height of the crisis. "I can not explain his behavior".

But he was then heckled during a visit to the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo in New South Wales, where three people died, and incorrectly said that no one had died on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where two people died.

Mr. Turnbull said that Mr. Morrison downplayed and temporarily reduced the impact of climate change.

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"It's just not consistent with the way in which a prime minister would or should act in a national crisis like this".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had several round table discussions in Canberra to restore forest fires.

'Dad, we're all thinking of you at this very hard time, and I wish I could be there with you'.

Mr. Turnbull accused his own predecessor, Tony Abbott, of being the country's most prominent climate denier in Australian politics, who has been embroiled in a shameful "war on science" by others.

"How many more coral reefs need to be laundered, how many millions of hectares of forest need to be burned?"

"There is widespread support for the Prime Minister to take strong action when it comes to climate change and I understand a group of moderate MPs, and MPs right across the party, from different states, different factions, all want to see decisive and responsible action".

"We're here today for our friends and family across the ditch in Australia, and those courageous frontline responders, including many volunteers, who are risking their lives to fight these fires with courage, resilience, and dedication", she says.

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