Australia Wildfires: Angry Residents Jeer in PM Scott Morrison
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut short his visit from the southeastern town of Cobargo on Thursday after angry residents accused him of inadequate action in dealing with the wildfires which have ravaged the small New South Wales (NSW) town. A 63-year-old dad and his 29-year-old son died in a house as the fires ripped through their city. There remained A man lost, according to NSW police. During Morrison’s trip, one inhabitant shouted,’You won’t be getting any votes down here, friend.
As Morrison was ushered out of town, the woman called after him,’What about the people who are dead, prime minister? What about the men and women who have to live?’ In response to his reception in Cobargo, Morrison told local Australian broadcaster ABC,’I know the very strong feelings people have, they have lost everything, and there are still some very dangerous days ‘ ‘My job is to make sure that we steady things through these very difficult times and encourage the states in the response that they are providing.’
Meanwhile, mass evacuations were started by the navy on increased fire danger over the weekend and Friday ahead of an extreme heatwave. Morrison’s response to fires At his first official press conference because the flames, Morrison defended his response to the fires and his climate policy as’sensible.’ ‘The best way to react is the way that Australians have always reacted to these events and that’s to place our confidence in those who are fighting these fires,’ Morrison said on Thursday. Australia Declares State of Emergency as 100 Bushfires Rage’I know the fear, I understand the frustration, but this is a natural disaster, which can be best dealt with in a calm, systematic manner.’
At the exact same time, the prime minister stressed he would not alter his policies at the expense of the economy. Amid criticism of his policies on climate change, Morrison insisted that Australia was meeting the challenge’better than many nations’ and was fulfilling global targets. Said that climate change factors contributed to the country’s fire crisis. Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas.
Morrison, a strong supporter of the coal sector, blamed the country’s three-year-long drought is causing the fires. The prime minister was criticised for going on a family vacation to Hawaii in December in the middle of the crisis. He eventually decided to cut his trip short and apologised to the public. Death toll rising More than five million hectares (12.35 million acres) across Australia have been scorched by bushfires and more than 1,400 homes have been destroyed. The death toll has climbed to at least 17 people and dozens more are still missing, according to the Australian Associated Press.
The prime minister encouraged people waiting for assistance or stuck’to be patient. Help will arrive.’ Morrison stated that the fires will burn for’many, many months… unlike a flood, where the water will float, in a fire in this way, it goes on and it will continue to go on… until we can find some decent rain.’