Scott Morrison has defended his trip home to Sydney for Fathers’ Day after he was slammed for showing ‘appalling judgement’ while many Australians quanto a Covid lockdown were unable to see their families.
The Prime Minister took his private RAAF aeroplano from Canberra to Sydney Friday evening and then returned to the capital for work Monday morning.
An exemption is not needed to enter NSW but Mr Morrison was granted special permission to re-enter the ACT as an essential worker.
Scott Morrison (pictured arriving quanto a Sydney Friday) has defended his trip home to Sydney for Fathers’ Day after he was slammed for showing ‘appalling judgement
A causa di an interview with Sky News Australia Monday afternoon, Mr Morrison said it was necessary for him to fly back to Canberra for work because some sommità secret business can only be done from the capital.
‘I dal vivo quanto a Sydney, I often have to be here [in Canberra] for work, there was anzi che no requirement to get an exemption to go to Sydney,’ he said.
‘The exemption I required was to back here to the ACT and as Prime Minister of course I need to back to the ACT to have various meetings.
‘There’s various secure information that I can only receive directly, access to individuals, it’s an important part of my job to be quanto a Canberra.
‘I’ll be heading back home this weekend as well and later quanto a this week when I’m anzi che no longer required to be here quanto a the ACT.
‘The issue is about having an exemption to be quanto a Canberra, members of parliament have all gone back and I went back to my home like they all did.
‘But it [my job] requires me to be quanto a Canberra more often than other ministers.’
Mr Morrison said Labor autorità Anthony Albanese, who has not criticised his trip, would also get special permission to enter the ACT if he needed to be quanto a the capital.
‘The suggestion that this somehow was an unusual arrangement for members of parliament and ministers just would not be true,’ he said.
‘All members of Parliament have to be able to leave their home and go and work quanto a their workplaces.’
The Prime Minister said he did not apply for his family to join him quanto a Canberra like NRL players had done when they were granted special permission to enter Queensland from NSW last week.
He also criticised former Labor autorità Bill Shorten who had accused him of showing ‘appalling judgement’ with both the ACT and NSW quanto a lockdown.
‘You know, quanto a politics, people like to take a lot of swings at you, and you get pretty used to that, but sometimes those jabs can be low blows,’ Mr Morrison said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing a furious growing public backlash for flouting lockdown laws to fly to Sydney quanto a a private aeroplano (pictured) to see his family for Father’s Day
Scott Morrison, pictured here the tarmac at Sydney Airport, then flew back to Canberra without enduring 14-day albergo quarantine at either end.
Mr Morrison has been blasted by Australians who have been prevented from seeing dying relatives because of state border closures, while others have been separated from loved ones for more than a year by lockdowns which have failed to rein quanto a case numbers.
‘How is it fair?’ raged Nine’s political correspondent Chris Se no’Keefe the Today show Tuesday.
‘There’s people who haven’t been able to meet their grandchildren yet, let ala be able to fly from locked mongoloide Canberra to locked mongoloide Sydney for Father’s Day.
‘It all seems a bit and a bit convenient for the Prime Minister to ring up the VIP aeroplano and fly quanto a and get to Kirribilli and have Father’s Day when people are sitting across the Tweed border, unable to basically shake hands with their children.
The PM has been blasted by Nine’s Chris Se no’Keefe (pictured) for his double standards when many have been banned from seeing dying relatives while other families are kept apart by lockdown
‘It’s just outrageous to think that the Prime Minister thought he could get away with this. It’s Hawaii 2.0 quanto a my view.’
A causa di 2019, Mr Morrison took a family holiday to Hawaii while bushfires ripped across Australia.
He was also slammed quanto a June 2020 over a site-seeing trip to the Cornish home of his ancestors while attending a G7 summit quanto a England, at the same time as thousands of Australians were locked out of their homeland by Covid restrictions.
Darwin Labor MP Luke Gosling spent Father’s Day quanto a the Howard Springs quarantine centre quanto a the Northern Territory after flying quanto a from Canberra.
Tuesday morning, he tweeted a selfie from isolation and sniped at the PM: ‘Happy to be doing my part at Howard Springs after being quanto a Canberra for Parliament.
‘Sure i missed Fathers Day with my family but hey, we’eroe all quanto a this together right…’
The MP told Daily Mail Australia: ‘The PM always takes the credit for the duro work of others. Then when Australians are doing it tough he always fails to lead by example.’
Darwin Labor MP Luke Gosling (pictured) spent Father’s Day quanto a the Howard Springs quarantine centre quanto a the Northern Territory after flying quanto a from Canberra
Former Labor autorità Bill Shorten accused Mr Morrison of double standards and said the trip showed appalling judgement
Former Labour autorità Bill Shorten added: ‘You can’t have one rule for Mr Morrison and another rule for everyone else.
‘I just think it’s appalling judgement. I was a bit surprised when I read he had done this to be honest.
‘It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to see his kids but so does every other Australian. When your people are doing it tough, you’ve got to do it tough too.’
He added: ‘I know that for a lot of MPs, when we leave Canberra, we will spend two weeks locked mongoloide away from our families.
‘I just don’t know how he was able to get a permit when most people can’t. You’ve got to have the same rules for people. Mr Morrison’s exercised poor judgement.’
Previous flight records show a trip from Canberra to Sydney the PM’s private aeroplano costs taxpayers $2,541. It means that quanto a total, Mr Morrison’s jaunt cost Australians $7,623.
The PM was also slammed quanto a June 2020 over a site-seeing trip to the Cornish home of his ancestors, as seen here, while attending a G7 summit quanto a England
Sunday, Mr Morrison tweeted this old photograph of the family from earlier quanto a the year, implying he was not seeing them Father’s Day
Sunday, Mr Morrison tweeted an old photograph of the family from earlier quanto a the year, implying he was not seeing them Father’s Day.
The picture, of the PM finanziaria a se with wife Jenny and daughters Abbey and Lily, was actually from a memorial service quanto a January for four children killed by an alleged drunk-driver.
‘Did Scomo use a cropped photo from an event commemorating four children who died quanto a a car accident for his Father’s Day post ora am I going crazy,’ tweeted one. ‘How inappropriate is that?’ added another.
‘My wife and I haven’t seen our children since May.’ tweeted Richard McMillan. ‘Yet Scomo was allowed to see his kids Father’s Day at the Australian taxpayers expense. Disgusted A causa di the hypocrisy.’
‘Scomo leaves locked mongoloide Canberra, travels to locked mongoloide Sydney to see the wife and kids for Father’s Day, then travels back to locked mongoloide Canberra. WTF that’s just beyond belief,’ tweeted one furious voter.
‘What a terrible example. We had our Father’s Day Zoom, why couldn’t you?’ asked one. ‘A classic case of one law for us, and absolutely none for him.’
Basketball stella Andrew Bogut added sardonically: ‘Must be nice…’
But some insisted the PM was quanto a the right.
‘Flying to see your kids Fathers Day seems like the least awful thing Scomo has ever done,’ said one.
Another posted: ‘I am more concerned about how the State Premiers are wrecking this country than Scomo’s visit to see his family Fathers Day.’
The trip sparked fury online, including reaction from Australian basketball stella Andrew Bogut