The fake outrage against Scott Morrison

You know what, I am outraged about Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s holiday. I am outraged that a social media campaign, led by people still bitter about the May 18 election, seeks to exploit a crisis to prosecute their political agenda and hound a man into submission. That’s what I’m outraged about.

Two people have died fighting the fires, and dullards who only need the faintest whiff of an excuse to spew their bile could not jump on social media quickly enough to make hay from the tragedy. Let’s be frank: the majority of the people complaining don’t actually care about the fires or those who fight them. What they care about is prosecuting their political agenda against someone who they would never vote for anyway. The fires are just a convenient excuse.

Note how even the Australian Labor Party has largely been silent in their criticism of Morrison. This is to their credit. Why? Because they understand that there’s little more he can do than show up for a photo opportunity while comforting victims (which he has already done – see image). One might say that Morrison could help fight the fires himself, but we had a Prime Minister who did that once. He was hounded out of office by the same people.

You have probably missed it, but this is just some of what the Morrison government has been doing in response to the fires: (*all sources listed below in case you wish to check)

  • An extra $11 million in emergency funding has been allocated to support the firefighting effort.
  • Since November 8, the Australian Defence Force has provided jets to transfer firefighters, air support, refuelling and water supply and lent out some of its bases for storing equipment.
  • From November 8 to February 1, Air Force is providing airlift support to move large groups of firefighters and their equipment between interstate locations.
  • From November 17 to December 22, Army is supplying personnel to prepare and cook three meals a day for 250 firefighters at the Rural Fire Service staging ground in the Northern Rivers Region, NSW. This support is to enable respite for the volunteers who have been providing meals.
  • Since November 29, HMAS Albatross has assisted with water refuelling and retardant loading of aircraft fighting the Currowan fires from Naval Air Station Nowra. Seven New South Wales Rural Fire Service aircraft continue to operate from Nowra, comprising four fixed-wing and three helicopters.
  • From November 26 to January 13, Army is providing the New South Wales Rural Fire Service with ground logistic support for the movement of vehicles, stores and equipment in the Wauchope, Glen Innes, Kempsey, Casino, Wollondilly and Hawkesbury areas.
  • On December 20, support provided from RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, to refuel two Large Aircraft Tankers fighting fires near Cudlee Creek and Munno Para.
  • For more information, check the defence department website: https://news.defence.gov.au/national/defence-continues-bushfire-support

What this entire episode shows is the dissonance between real action and symbolism. People on social media love a clever quote or a compelling photo or a heartwarming video. What they don’t take the time to look for is substance and real action. Morrison trusts cabinet process. He trusts that Australia’s ministers and their departments can manage in his absence, if only for a few days. I wonder how many people who just could not wait to smash their keyboards while chugging down a soy frappuccino (too hot for a cappuccino) actually looked further than The Guardian’s outrage inducing headlines to read what real experts have to say about the crisis on the ground.

Here’s what the Australasian National Council for Fire and Emergency Services said about the Federal Government’s response on December 21:

The National Council for fire and emergency services (AFAC) welcomes the increase in Federal Government funding for Australia’s aerial firefighting capacity for 2019/20 announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday 12 December.

The lift of $11 million, in addition to an existing $15 million provided by the Commonwealth annually, will provide the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) with additional capacity to engage and extend critical aerial assets supporting firefighting efforts across Australia.

Here is also what they said about support received, as reported:

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (Afac) said cross-state firefighting resources were funnelled and distributed across the country where they had been requested, by its national resource sharing centre.

“While many volunteers are not available to travel far from their homes or interstate due to local responsibilities, employment or managing drought-stricken stock that require daily feeding, others are prepared to deploy,” Afac said.

It said there was integrated engagement with the commonwealth and national protocols for managing incident responses and the available fleet of 140 aircraft and international personnel.

“Australia has never been better prepared to face natural disasters,” it said.

Surprised? Probably. Because the main thing that has been reported is the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group. They are a LOBBY group of FORMER firefighters who are only too happy to critique the current PM. Yet what’s interesting is what happens when you go to the source: emergency workers, defence personnel, and actual authorities charged with coordinating the efforts on the ground.

Please do not let social media dictate the national narrative. The outrage is being fueled by bitter, angry people sitting in sumptuous, air conditioned homes who only care about one thing: vengeance for losing the ‘unloseable election’ in May.

Sources:

https://news.defence.gov.au/national/defence-continues-bushfire-support

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-minister-preparing-to-send-reserve-forces-to-support-fire-efforts-20191112-p539zc.html

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/10/scott-morrison-rejects-calls-for-more-help-saying-volunteer-firefighters-want-to-be-there?fbclid=IwAR3U7hqt889hQz6QxK9pBiESy7z9ifn53xVGKf7nTkmDamsT53T-AgCgKL0

53 Comments on The fake outrage against Scott Morrison

  1. Nestor Manuelian // December 23, 2019 at 5:17 am // Reply

    Leadership… the word and view on leadership varies from person to person… here is the issue … I believe his presence, personal acknowledgement and his ability to be available is more important or vital then him holding a hose … even if he is not amongst the fires .. be amongst the people …. This is being a leader or having leadership. Glad he has apologised about making a bad judgement call .. but he’s now apologised and hopefully will work hard to recoup damage done.

    • The damage done via defunding government services, screwing the economy, and selling off Aussie water will overshadow the Holiday thing. He had failed before he went on holiday.

  2. Richard Wyatt // December 23, 2019 at 7:09 am // Reply

    It’s a pity this get front page of the nations major news papers instead of all the criticism they have been printing

    • Yes it takes a strong leader to admit publically that he has made a mistake. I wonder if the critics have the same strength of character to acknowledge the apology.

      • Anonymous // January 2, 2020 at 10:32 am //

        Oh cram it. He DIDNT apologize for anything, He had his holiday. Bearly cut it short. No one expected him to hold a hose, it’s just an insult for a so-called leader to leave during time of emergency. He does not give a shiiiiiiit. His words before and since returning concrete this. He’s defensive and clearly doesn’t understand any of the criticism he’s received.

  3. Words are powerful.
    Words can build people up, or tear people down.
    Words can hurt, or heal.
    Words can provide comfort, or can offend.

    We need the think about how our words impact others.
    I see a lot of hurtful things said here – And none of them are helping anyone. Especially those who have lost everything.

    By all means – Have an opinion one way or the other but, be kind to each other.
    There is already too much hurt and too many angry words spoken in the world.

    Think before you post.
    Are your words helping or hurting?

    • To all of those seeking politcal gain out of the tragedy unfolding across
      our country. In the words of Winston Churchill.
      “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every
      dog that barks.”
      Read this as many times as it takes to sink in.
      It’s a time to unite not fight.

  4. Joanne Barty // December 23, 2019 at 7:46 am // Reply

    I am over media betting this up. Give the guy a break he has two young children that he promised to take on a holiday on his break and why should he have to tell you media when he goes . Us ordinary people don’t care what he does on his time off . I’m sure you all take your families on holidays . As I feel for the people that lost there lives and homes family and friends. I feel for his kids to looking forward to there holidays .
    MEDIA wake up people are over your bullying

    • Be had the perfect opportunity to educate his children on why they couldn’t. They’re week and truly old enough. But no, he chose the easy way. Why should he have to tell people where he goes? Because he is the Prime Minister. He appears unable to grasp the concept. He’s unfit to lead.

  5. This is one side. The other side. The other side is all this has been predicted by science some 20 plus years ago and we have been warned and warned and warned but nobody will listen. Simple PM whoever you are and whatever party exit coal exit fracking exit cotton to as less extent. Use water for food. We are in a crises

    • Dudley, wake up. Morrison is suppose to be the leader of this country – we know he is not a leader. A leader does not leave his post in times of emergency. Ask defence members who had to remain in duty when they could not be home for Christmas, family death, birthdays, child births n other family times. Not to mention the volunteers fighting the fires. Fires have been burning for four months now, he obviously booked his holiday while the country burns. We could not care if he never came back – that’s wishful thinking, but he went AWOL DURING AN EMERGENCY. He also chastised the Police minister for going to dinner during the Victorian fires, which was a far lesser crime than leaving the country. He wasted $200K on empathy classes who told him he has to say sorry n have a narrative. One would expect an evangelist would hav some noise how to empathise with people in distress – obviously not Morrison. Morrison is a stupid person, surrounded by stupid people n voted by stupid people. If you haven’t got it by now, then you are as stupid as he is.

  6. He deserves what he gets. No one is expecting him to hold a hose, but he could at least be present and be a leader. He is meant to be a leader, even if it just making symbolic gestures, which for some of the people affected that is all they have left now. Part of being a leader is to also be seen and heard.

    Harold Holt, Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have all interrupted their schedules to comfort those afflicted by natural calamity, from fire to flood to drought and cyclone. Some even put party politics aside and toured with the opposition.

    “It is very important when things like this happen, no matter where, that someone in my position demonstrates a concern and empathy,” – John Howard following 2003 Canberra bushfires which interrupted his holidays to which he quickly returned to Australia

    • He did. Back in October he was in the Northern Rivers of NSW spending time with those that had been impacted by the fires in this area. Chatting with the people of Rappville, Drake and Busbys Flat. He even visited areas around Port Macquarie during their devastating fires. Photos were taken and there are lots of them on Social Media, it just didn’t make main stream. Simple research is all that is needed.

    • Concerned Citizen // December 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm // Reply

      Typical blind, selfish opinionated jerk. Open your eyes and you might be able to see clearly. Morrison has nothing to apologise for. He has a right to a holiday like everyone else. As the article shows, Morrison and his ministers have done heaps to support the fire fighting crews, so get over yourself. Nothing better to do than complain. You are sounding like a tragic waste of a life.

    • Ben you’re nothing more than a simpleton, still being butt hurt at the last election…move aside you miserable imp, the wind wants to blow by..

  7. 1. This article sums up what many people think. It is harsh but fair in terms of those who say but never do.
    2. EVERYONE is entitled to a holiday.
    3. Bush fires have been with us since well before white man arrived. They are a sad part of living in Oz.
    4. The LNP were voted back into power – and those who hate them move on and encourage your leftie mates to come up with an agenda that is at least somewhat palatable to the quiet Aussie.

  8. A leader of a country should be a leader and in an emergency situation like we experiencing at the moment there to support and help out what ever can be done to put in place. How many times he said the army is standby what about to send them out and let them help to make firebreaks and use the tanks, bulldozers and other equipment to good use. What about the poor people who lost everything and the lives of the firefighters who lost their lives to help others. It looks like at the moment we waiting that the whole country goes up in smoke. And what about the consequences after the fires are finaly over and we lost so much bush which gives us oxygen and rain. And what about the many businesses what went broke or going broke also thru mismanegement by our so called leaders. We spent million of dollars on things we don’t need and the poor firefighters have to fund raise to get some decent equipment to fight fires when they occur. The way I see it the writer of this article should get his facts right and opens his eyes to see what realy goes on at the moment.

    • Concerned Citizen // December 23, 2019 at 12:53 pm // Reply

      Typical blind, selfish opinionated jerk. Open your eyes and you might be able to see clearly. Morrison has nothing to apologise for. He has a right to a holiday like everyone else. As the article shows, Morrison and his ministers have done heaps to support the fire fighting crews, so get over yourself. Nothing better to do than complain. You are sounding like a tragic waste of a life.

  9. I know I’m about to engage and it’s probably a waste of time. But check your emotions, we need logical debate not name calling. Also, our future is being funded by tragic resources, Morrison may be a ‘top bloke’ but he’s not setting up sustainable resources, which is becoming extremely dangerous.

  10. As a 30 year veteran volunteer, I have seen many politicians show up on the fire grounds to “show support”, I have seen the press show up to “inform the country”, I have seen resources used to look after these “supporters” that would be better used to fight the fire. Turning up at a staging post to hand out some breakfast for a few minutes, to the few that have time to stop for it does nothing to help put out the fires. Does it raise moral? I can’t talk for others, but not in my case, my thoughts are get out of the bloody way and let us get on with what we are trained to do.

  11. Well said. Most of the fires were started by nutters

    • A real taxpayer // December 23, 2019 at 5:56 pm // Reply

      Well said my friend, I could lay money that not one of these Morrison backers either volunteer to fight fires nor step out of their concrete jungles to help with funding, they need to take their heads out of their own backsides, when you are the boss you are expected to lead your voters and take a break when things are running smoothly,

  12. Seriously its noone business where he goes for a family holiday he deserves a break like everybody else. What the hell dose cl8mate change got to do witb fires tbat have either been deliberately lit or cause by natural weather events like lightening strikes, climate change cant do nothing to that.??

    • Can you even spell or put a sentence together?? More importantly, it is EVERY single Australian citizens business when he goes on holidays since we are the ones funding it you absolute moron. If he really needs a break from his 45 days of work In 2019 then maybe he should just make it a permanent breaks and save us all the headache. Seriously what the fuck goes on in your head if you don’t think the prime minister should have to justify his tax payer funded business class tickets in the middle of a national emergency?

  13. Nope. Appology not accepted. He is the Prime Minister. He is one of the best paid Prime Minister’s in the world (Google it to see) with that position comes responsibility. His job is (unfortunately) above his family. Australia is his responsibility. I’m not buying it. His missing sensitivity chip. You have that or not. He doesn’t. You don’t leave your country burning and in smoke and enjoy in Hawaiian Holiday. One just don’t do that. But #ScoMo was always peace of wood in my eyes and this holiday just confirmed that. Wife and children can go, but Prime Minister stay with his people. Sorry guys, don’t agree with you. About “the true Scott Morrison” see website below.

  14. Yep, fake outrage for Scomo…..really.

    The guy gets a free ride from the MSM 365 days year.

    Compare Julia Gillard’s treatment…… Chalk and cheese.

    Scomo didn’t hold back in condemning Christine Nixon for having lunch and a hair cut back in 2011.

    Karma.😎

  15. Bullshit, Scomo deserves a big boot up the arse..

  16. Brian George // December 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm // Reply

    There would not have been an issue had Scumo actually told Australia that he was going away. It only came to “light” after reporters seeking comment were lied to about 1) his whereabouts and 2) how long he was away (a couple days that later became a week…) and no-one appeared to be running the country.

    I Wonder what you would have said had Julia Gillard still been running the country?

  17. No byline. Who wrote this pile of right-wing apologetics?

  18. Adrian Graeber // December 24, 2019 at 12:24 pm // Reply

    You say “I am outraged that a social media campaign, led by people still bitter about the May 18 election, seeks to exploit a crisis to prosecute their political agenda and hound a man into submission.”

    There is no campaign. The definition of a campaign is working in an organised and active way towards a particular goal, typically a political or social one. There is no coordination or organisation of literally thousands of individuals taking to social media to voice their independent thought abouts the PMs gross mismanagement of this crisis and it’s root cause, climate change.

    You say “Let’s be frank: the majority of the people complaining don’t actually care about the fires or those who fight them.”

    Wow! Fucking really?! Tell me more, oh wise one.

    You say “What they care about is prosecuting their political agenda against someone who they would never vote for anyway. The fires are just a convenient excuse.”

    We’re really dialling the old speculation up to 11 with that comment aren’t we? This is where we go beyond opinion piece political journalism to outright fanboy worshipping. You can’t possibly make that assertion. It’s ludicrous. You’ll find that the majority of Australians disagree with the PMs conduct. Put it this way, if Murdoch media outlets are reporting on outrage over the PMs inaction then that’s a clear sign that conservative voters are upset with him.

    You say “Note how even the Australian Labor Party has largely been silent in their criticism of Morrison. This is to their credit. ”

    Complete lie. The ALP has been extremely critical of Morrison’s mismanagement of the bushfire crisis. What they haven’t been critical of is Morrison taking a holiday. And why would they?! Why get dragged into gutter politics when you have the option to take the moral high ground? Albanese has been getting on with the job of filling the void left by Morrison’s complete inability to lead the nation. Here’s a few examples:

    – Weeks ago, he called on the Prime Minister to convene a national heads of governments
    meeting on disaster preparedness, including the state premiers.

    – Two weeks ago, Albanese endorsed publicly the proposal from former fire chiefs for a national summit including scientists, farmers, the defence forces and fire chiefs to help develop a plan for “the resources and coordination to effectively manage future bushfires and natural disasters”.

    – This week the Labor leader visited fire grounds and proposed some practical ideas for helping the volunteer firefighting force through a long and unrelenting season. After speaking with them, Albanese noted that they were fatigued after months, rather than the customary days or weeks, of callouts: “They can’t continue to just give up [their time], those who, many of them, aren’t being compensated at all, they still have to put food on the table, they still have to pay their mortgage.

    “And so, there is a range of measures that could be looked at, whether it is tax breaks, one-off payments, or some form of leave payment, support for businesses that are allowing people to leave. These issues have to be worked through. This is not business as usual. These people are showing their commitment to their community and to the nation. They deserve, I think, an equal commitment back.”

    You say “There’s little more he [Morrison] can do than show up for a photo opportunity while comforting victims.”

    How about some policy support similar to what Albanese has put on the table? You do understand the role of a Prime minister, yeah? And the role of government? You see, the prime minister isn’t a prime psychologist. His main role is not to provide moral support and pose for photos, it’s to provide policy support. We need him to lead the nation, not give people cuddles (although I do love a good cuddle).

    You say “One might say that Morrison could help fight the fires himself, but we had a Prime Minister who did that once. He was hounded out of office by the same people.”

    Ummmm. This is awkward. I don’t know how to break this to you but Abbott was hounded out of the top job by Turnbull and the current Liberal Government. It was a leadership spill so quite literally the only people responsible are the current Government… However, if you’re referring to him losing a safe Liberal seat in the last federal election, well, one would think you’ve really stuffed something up when Sydney’s northern beaches swing away from the Liberal party. He no longer represented the values of his community, plain and simple. It’s easy to understand why. The people no longer wanted a:
    – sexist (Abbott: “She has sex appeal!”)
    – climate wrecker (Abbott: “Coal is good for humanity”)
    – xenophobe (famously compared fighting terrorism to stopping the boats “We need the same drive, focus and clarity of purpose to countering terrorism that resulted in stopping the boats under Operation Sovereign Borders”)
    – homophobe (Abbot: “Ideally, children should have both a mother and a father.” At the time that wasn’t even the issue being debated. Gay people raising children was always allowed. It shows how out of touch the bloke was that he thought to bring that up in defence of his stance on gay marriage). Starting to get the picture? The nation progressed; Abbott did not.

    You say “You have probably missed it, but this is just some of what the Morrison government has been doing in response to the fires: (*all sources listed below in case you wish to check)”

    No we haven’t missed those those things. While positive, none of those things are particularly groundbreaking. They all share a common trait of being entirely reactionary. Look at the dates on those mitigations! The country was on fire well and truly before any of those were put in place. What would have been handy is if he attended the meetings with twenty-three former fire and emergency leaders in April where they hoped to warn the prime minister of the impending disaster coming in the summer and suggest proactive mitigations like increased large-capacity water bombers. They tried again in May and again Morrison refused to meet with them.

    So to your point, yes he’s done something but nowhere near enough. He’s a manager and administrator. He is not a leader. He’s too politically small-minded to solve the problems facing this nation. Leaders exist to solve problems and he’s simply not doing that.

    You say “Here’s what the Australasian National Council for Fire and Emergency Services said about the Federal Government’s response on December 21:

    The National Council for fire and emergency services (AFAC) welcomes the increase in Federal Government funding for Australia’s aerial firefighting capacity for 2019/20 announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday 12 December.

    The lift of $11 million, in addition to an existing $15 million provided by the Commonwealth annually, will provide the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) with additional capacity.

    To take this matter to an even higher and more strategic level (which is ideally where we’d like our nation’s leaders to be focused), the real policies and solutions requiring implementation are those that tackle climate change. Solve the cause, not the symptom.

    You say “Because the main thing that has been reported is the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group. They are a LOBBY group of FORMER firefighters who are only too happy to critique the current PM. Yet what’s interesting is what happens when you go to the source: emergency workers, defence personnel, and actual authorities charged with coordinating the efforts on the ground.”

    I don’t think we can dismiss a combined 600+ years’ experience of fighting fires! And what’s your point here? It seems contradictory. You’re essentially saying “We need to love, cherish and care about our firefighters while they are grunts that are volunteering their time, away from their families, sacrificing income to fight fires BUT as soon as they retire and attempt to share their expert opinions, they become evil lefties that shouldn’t be listened to”. Seriously mate, have a bloody listen to yourself. These guys weren’t JUST former fire fighters. They were former leaders state emergency services. And of course they are considered a lobby group. They are an issue-based lobby group, not an ideological one. They’d campaign just as hard regardless of who forms the current government.

    You say “Please do not let social media dictate the national narrative. The outrage is being fueled by bitter, angry people sitting in sumptuous, air conditioned homes who only care about one thing: vengeance for losing the ‘unloseable election’ in May.”

    We’re not dictating the national narrative by voicing our opinions on our Facebook pages. To actually dictate the national narrative we’d need a much better tool like, I dunno, control over 70% of the nation’s media outlets. Yep, that’s it. We’d definitely need a Murdoch…

    Yes we’re angry. Yes we’re bitter. We have a leader and a government that have proven they are unwilling and incapable of addressing the number 1 voted issue (see Australia Talks National Survey) plaguing the nation. I’m not just angry, I’m fucking furious. The government’s inaction is denying my beautiful kids a future on this planet. The Government will very quickly find themselves on the wrong side of history, as will you.

    Oh and I must confess, yes, I do have air conditioning but I haven’t been able to use it because it’s evaporative. It works by bringing air from outside to inside and cooling it in the process but the gotcha is that the air quality has been too hazardous. My kids baked in a 41C house yesterday as they choked on air that was 12 times worse than the most hazardous air quality rating. How was your day?

    • Adrian, you think you have all the answers and you should put your brilliance and leadership to good use and run for PM at the next election. You could easily replace Albanese as the leader of the Labor party. You who has all the answers to will undoubtedly come up with a scheme that will make bush fires a thing of the past. You will come up with a method to make it rain on command.
      With all this going for you, you will romp OT in st the next election. Then we can rejoice and say hallelujah our troubles are over. Adrian, has saved Australia.

  19. There is nothing fake or confected about the outrage directed towards Scotty. Being the marketing man he is he meticulously constructed the daggy dad persona, I’m just like you. Then set about proving he wasn’t. $11m sounds like a lot, to any of us such a windfall would be life changing but in the context of fighting fires for 6 months of the year how far does it go, could that amount even go close to the income forfeited by our brave volunteers. The commonwealth spends $18b annually on education, a state responsibility. Putting volunteer pilots into water bombers, what could go wrong? Employing permanent employees would be financially burdensome and irresponsible but buying the assets and utilizing the brilliant employees of the ADF in times of need would be the kind of action expected in the circumstances.

  20. Why do you start a sentence with ‘you know what’?

  21. I am outraged at this article. My anger is real. Morrison took the trump approach of lying and has been utterly incompetent since.

  22. Very far from fake. You seem to overlook the fact that Coalmo is one of very few worst offenders when it comes to sabotaging efforts to face climate change, preventing action on climate change and profiting from the underlying causes of climate change. These fires are worse because of climate change. That is undeniable, scientific fact. People have died as a result. Better people than Coalmo who have given up their time and money, despite not being complicit in us not being better prepared or more proactive like Morrison is. He is the one pocketing the coal money and telling people not to worry. Not us and not the firefighters. Coalmo has direct and personal culpability. He should be the first to pick up a hose and the very last person to go anywhere at all. It isn’t even because he is Prime Minister. It is because he is one of the people most respobsible for this disaster. It is his baby and he don’t get to just piss off and leave his consequences to others.

  23. Let’s be honest, it’s been a pretty poor show of leadership, he is the symbolic head of the country. He is spectaculay tone deaf especially for a marketing man. I was surprised he didn’t get a black eye in Cobargo.

    • Yes why don’t they just admit it’s climate change listen to scientists and get on with it. Like fracking gone Adina cancel. Rethink water storage and irrigation licences .like no water trading Carbon pricing. That would be a great start and show some balls or handle The whole show over to their wives and Penny Wong.

  24. Anthony Woolley // January 4, 2020 at 8:22 pm // Reply

    So, thought hub.com.au is contributing to the social outrage. However, they have not defined leadership. The examples given are of management decision making. People want leadership. Scott Morrison has not shown true leadership. Leadership inspires people to follow; it inspires people. Leadership is performed by example. Scott Morrison’s leadership has shown that we can go on holiday at inappropriate times. Leadership is about leading people into action. Anthony Albanese has not shown any leadership. Australia is lacking true leaders (who are in the public eye, especially in politics) that the Australian public haven’t good experiences of real leadership. In Australia, we mainly have bureaucrats and managers – both of whom tell you to do things and get annoyed if you don’t. If you’re a leader you will be able to inspire people to follow you and do things they normally wouldn’t do.

  25. Anthony Woolley // January 4, 2020 at 8:37 pm // Reply

    thought hub.com.au PLEASE disclose your political alignment. Reading through your website, and doing some background checks on the internet, thoughthub.com.au appears to lean towards the Australian Coalition (Liberal and National Parties), therefore your view is a political view and not an independent view. Is this correct? Who are the people who run thoughthub.com.au. You have no authors listed on viewpoints listed on the website. Therefore you are hiding and not willing to be truely open.

  26. scomo is a complete out of touch over priveliged wank bag..not unlike a lot of politicians.

  27. To put this into perspective the government has spent far more and acted far more efficiently removing one Biloela family from our shores. No, the outrage is not fake, this piece of garbage you’ve written is.

  28. Tanya Riggs // January 6, 2020 at 8:05 am // Reply

    To the author of this article, you really are missing the ‘point’ of the anger your fellow country people. While I admire your attempt/courage to defend the indefensible it is misdirected and sadly lame. Your timing of defending the PM and his party is also inappropriate.
    Essentially this whole sad state our country is in should be titled ‘TO LITTLE TOO LATE’. What the PM has done in the face of this particular catastrophe is too late, too little and the result of gross mismanagement and advice to not just him but his predecessors.
    People don’t look at the bigger picture when their house is burning, their pets and stock are on fire, there is no air because the fire has consumed it, they rightly think of themselves and their loss.
    Your article is wrong and poorly timed and of little use to a man and party is about to face the biggest national backlash in its history. Once the fires are out, once we count our cost, once the grief turns to anger then Australians will demand, rise up against the status quo and like many countries around the world we will want to know why this happened to us.

  29. A lot of people, in defence of Scott Morrison, are asking what more can he actually do – as prime minister of, and most powerful person in, Australia – in the face of these catastrophic bushfires.
    Well I’m no politician, but here are some ideas:
    1. Stop trying to deflect attention away from the tragedy. We’re not going to watch the fucken cricket and forget about the fires, and all the free propaganda you wrote for the Murdoch press imploring people to be more optimistic in the face of future disasters is offensive and severely sours the national mood.
    2. Don’t use the fires as a smokescreen for you to hide your religious discrimination bill behind. We know that your bizarre religion is important to you, and that you owe them a favour for helping you get a bunch of votes from the sky fairy mob, but pushing through legislation that allows people to discriminate against the LGQTBI+ community on the basis of their faith is not what Australia needs right now. Some of the more pessimistic among us would say that it’s downright devious.
    3. Forget about your budget surplus. People don’t care about going into a bit of debt if it means that we have millions of hectares of land that aren’t decimated, houses that aren’t turned to ash, and native fauna that isn’t burned alive in the 100s of 1000s (edit: 100s of 1000s of 1,000,000s – as in half a billion and still plenty to perish.). Borrow some fucken money and let’s get some equipment to the people out there fighting these fires. They need equipment.
    4. Don’t go spending the budget you do have on ridiculous things, like the 140 BMWs you just ordered for your colleagues at $100,000 a pop. Or the $111,000 you gave to your church. For sure, the country needs to function still, and we can’t expect all tax money to go to the fire fighting efforts, but it hurts to see money wasted on your little fucken passion projects while firefighters are buying their own boots.
    5. Try and be an actual human being, not an alien in the skin of a marketing executive, and try to be really, truly empathetic and act with genuine compassion when consoling the people who have lost everything. They’re going to be mad at you, because they’ve lost everything, but forcing handshakes and running away at the first sign is not what a compassionate human being does, even less a leader. Stop, listen. Maybe turn up with some food and drink, even. Jesus Cripes, Scott, it’s not hard.
    6. Mobilise the army to do more. I’m unaware of how they can help, and don’t expect them to fight fires, but food drops, evacuations, and even getting the engineers to create fire breaks would all be things well within the armed forces’ skill sets.
    And these are just a handful of things that a real leader could be doing immediately. In the longer term he could really do some top knotch leadering, although we know that the fart sack most certainly will not. But if he wasn’t such an incompetent bag of bullshit, he could:
    7. Really acknowledge that climate change is upon us, and that Australia is hotter and drier than ever, and that we really need to invest big money into bushfire research and then bushfire hazard reduction. Actually, the Greens have a great policy that sees them consulting scientists and First Australians before setting any fire reduction policies. So we’re not out there like cowboys burning everything every day and inadvertently starting more fires, but enacting a considered and thought out plan to reduce future threat.
    8. Realise that it’s not in Australia’s best interest to be so reliant on a handful of mining companies from here and overseas who don’t pay tax, who receive subsidies from the tax payer, and whose business is directly responsible for polluting our country, sucking up all of our water, and raising the temperature of the planet with its carbon emissions. It will take time, but why don’t we work towards being a green energy leader and be at the forefront of making that profitable, if you insist that profit is god still.
    9. Instead of outlawing environmental protests, and instead of telling kids to cheer up when they’re concerned about their future, understand that people are concerned and that they’re looking to you for leadership in the face of the biggest threat to human life ever faced. If the scientists are right, and we’ve had no problem trusting their method so far, we’re heading towards extinction and we can do something to change it still, so long as we don’t bury our heads in the sand and stick our fingers in our ears, and scream LA LA LA while we pretend it’s not happening.
    10. Or probably just fuck off, Scotty. You’re too compromised, too beholden to the right wing of the coalition, to your faith and the lobby groups within it, to the Murdoch media, to big business and corporate donors, to international mining companies, to be able to act in the best interests of Australians. You’re a traitor and you’ve taken the Aussie people for granted and treated us with contempt when you were most needed and you’ve just had a chance to be a national hero and you fucked it up so much that now you’re a bigger villain than Tony Abbott was and so look, buddy, just fuck off somewhere else, please. You don’t want this, and we don’t want you.

  30. As one of the bitter, angry people swilling coffee in my sumptuous(?) home, it needs pointing out that it is not soley the fire crisis which has people upset with mortison. His cowtowing to big business & the banks, & his “ensuring integfity” bill reeks of hypocrisy when you consider the behaviour of not only his party but politicians in general. The continual selling off of australia & its resources & the chasing of a surplus at all costs are other areas of angst, considering the lack of response to the drought in many areas of australia. That people have to organise & donate money & feed to struggling farmers & communities with no assistance from government for fuel or time off work is abysmal, much like volunteer firies. To focus only on a surplus at such times is remiss. So critisism in this case is warrented, & reflects the frustration of a lot of people, not only those who may be upset at the election result, which by the way, i am glad that shorten didnt win. A rock & a hard place!

  31. Dave Fergusson // January 16, 2020 at 6:13 pm // Reply

    SCUMMO MUST GO! he has lost any credibility he may have had even before the fires! Corruption on many levels specially with foreign owned businesses & land owners has drained our continent of the water farmers so desperately need so TRAITORS should never be in charge especially when they encapsulate parliament with a huge security fence which is the next step to a planned DICTATORSHIP!

  32. Thank you for this great post! I really enjoyed reading it! I have recently published an article on my blog regarding my thoughts on Scott Morrison and his leadership during Australia’s bushfire crisis. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post as I would be really interested to hear your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

  33. Partisan rubbish written by a Liberal Party hack. As a matter of fact, nobody but you is carrying on about the election result, Dale Hughes. People are deservedly angry at a man so disconnected from his constituents he thinks ‘the cricket’ will comfort those who have lost everything. Morrison has been weighed, easured and found wanting INTERNATIONALLY.

  34. Paul Chaplin // January 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm // Reply

    Now I’m outraged by your outrage. Outside of the ADF performance, This is simply another grubby opinion piece that straight out of the blocks is tainted with your own political agenda, unfounded assumptions, along with a good dose of verbal vomit.

    You “frankly” state the majority of those complaining don’t care about the fires, or those who fight them. They care about prosecuting their political agenda against someone who they would never vote for anyway. The fires are just a convenient excuse. You absolute twat, fuck off!

    The majority of Australians care about their own world,which is becoming ever more complex and challenging. We have little interest in politics, as we are constantly disappointed and pay the price of incompetence and shortsighted survival.The majority of Australians expect government to always act in the interests of the greater good of our people and our nation. Based on the past 20 years of governments that is fast becoming an illusion.

    You write, outrage is being fueled by bitter, angry people sitting in sumptuous, air conditioned homes who only care about one thing: vengeance for losing the ‘unloseable election’ in May.
    Ball sweat has more intellectual foundation, than than the fallback position of vengeance for the loss of an election. Wake up dickhead. The reason the Libs are in power is they were the best worst option available, and we will continue to suffer the worst, as our Westminster system and three tiers levels of government ensure this, but hey while it works for those with the most to benefit that’s not changing.

    Tick, you have the have the obligatory climate change inclusion. Can’t have a piece without one of them, but you’ve added a very nice FORMER firefighters versus CURRENT PM flavour.

    Instead of sitting behind your notebook being a unimaginative puppet, try something different. Be a journalist, and start investigating matters of importance to Australians.

    If you are starved for subject matter, let me help.

    Try understanding why our bonza little nation is in such deep shit, how and why we got there.
    Whose to blame, do’t care, it won’t matter The narcissists who got us there won’t accept blame, they’ll blame some one else, that’s why they are narcissists.

    Or, you can continue the line of those you are serving, and the opportunity to address the cause and find a better way forward will be lost. But I gather, you may want that outcome.

    Our kids are seriously going to hate us for what we allowed to happen to them, and their future on our watch.

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