Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tendered his apologies for going on holiday in Hawaii while his country is facing worsened bushfire crisis with 8 fire fighters killed trying to contain the flames.
Protesters has on Thursday taken to the street, with placards of different inscriptions Phrases such as #WhereisScoMo, #WhereTheBloodyHellAreYou – a reference to a famous tourism campaign he once oversaw – and #FireMorrison quickly trended online.
Mr Morrison was widely criticized after reports emerged that he was away on unannounced leave and rumored to be in Hawaii.
Government ministers defended Mr Morrison’s break as “appropriate”, but refused to confirm his whereabouts. His office told the AFP that reports he was in Hawaii were “incorrect”. But On Friday, Mr. Morrison confirmed to a radio station 2GB that he was in Hawaii with his family. Saying he had been receiving regular updates on the fires and last week’s New Zealand volcano disaster, which killed at least 11 Australians.
“Given the most recent tragic events, I will be returning to Sydney as soon as can be arranged,”. “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,” he said on Friday.
Crews are battling over 100 fires amid a heatwave which has produced the nation’s two hottest days on record. Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney.
Australia’s bushfire emergency says so far the fire has killed eight people, destroyed more than 700 houses and scorched millions of hectares of land since September.