Have the nation’s transport ministers cut short their holidays?

The Christmas holiday road toll (so far): 22.
Fires death toll (so far): 17.

No? Why not?


Meanwhile, tits & ass paper of record, The Daily Mail ‘reports’:

‘More tasteless than the fireworks themselves’: Scott Morrison is slammed for hosting an exclusive NYE dinner at Kirribilli House while Australia burns.

Paragraph six:

‘Scott Morrison and Jenny holding a party at Kirribilli House tonight to watch the fireworks is significantly more tasteless than the actual New Year’s Eve fireworks themselves,’ one person wrote on Twitter.

“Slammed” by one person on twitter. I should say alleged person because I can’t find any evidence of this tweet.

UPDATE: More fake “slammed” at The Daily Mail – this time from Pommy reporter Charlie Moore:

Scott Morrison is slammed for ‘tone-deaf’ comments saying the bushfire crisis is happening ‘against the backdrop of cricket’ – after hosting an exclusive NYE dinner for his mates.

Beginning at paragraph nine:

Victoria McCaffrey, a critic of Mr Morrison, wrote on Twitter: ‘Most people in Australia care much much more about the fires than cricket. We also care about the quality of our leaders. Has anyone told you this?’

Former ABC journalist, and another critic of Mr Morrison, Peter Clarke wrote: ‘Scott Morrison hid himself at his official residence Kirribilli issuing bizarrely anodyne and incongruent statements about ‘being optimistic’ and cricket.’

Another Twitter user shared a photo of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visiting a fire station alongside a photo of Mr Morrison posing with the Australia team captioned: ‘Compare the pair’.

UPDATE II:

Here is Andrews doing a traditional look-at-the-map pose for the cameras. The map has been thoughtlessly plonked on the keyboard of the woman on the left – preventing her from working. Note her body language:

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61 Responses to Have the nation’s transport ministers cut short their holidays?

  1. Mother Lode

    Everyone I have come across in the grip of apoplexy due to ScoMo’s holiday insisting that “he should have been here” have only been able to justify ‘should’ by appealing to what we now call ‘optics’ or, when that fails, the power of mounting emphasis; “He should be here!” “But why?” “Because he should,”

    They feel the PM should be doing symbolic stuff. That is his job.

    If he really does coax, cajole, and coerce the states to manage forests better (not sure under what head he can do such but we have already seen most people think the Feds have ultimate responsibility for States’ jobs) then he will have achieved something of real benefit rather than symbolic – which would put him ahead of predecessors who have confined themselves to symbolism, and Premiers who have been monsterously derelict for decades.

    Who knows? He might even apply the same resolve on matters which actually are his responsibility.

  2. stackja

    NSW premier GB hasn’t explained why Matt Kean is still forests/parks minister. Scomo should appoint Jim Molan to run NSW Vic inquiry about the mismanaged forests.

  3. Tintarella di Luna

    The ABC is copping an absolute bollocking in the comments in the Oz, as for Scot Morrison he would be and is useless with a fire hose because he is — amazing how the state premiers responsible for matters of bushfires are not being asked about their holiday plans.

  4. Tom

    one person wrote on Twitter.

    The clown who “reported” that as “news” is some lazy J-school twentysomething who thinks a) Twitter is the real world; b) “news” can now be constructed quoting Twitter derros who think the same as J-school wannabes.

    It also confirms that Morrison Derangement is now A Thing in the media industrial complex and he will be attacked daily for the next three years for daring to win the 2019 election. Stupid voters — they got it wrong!

  5. miltonf

    I think the media are flushed with rage that their approved candidate wasn’t elected last year. ScoMo bashing is an emotional outlet for there anger with electors. But I’m just paraphrasing what Tom said above.

  6. a happy little debunker

    NSW Fire damage has just surpassed the Dunalley 2013 bushfire in terms of property lost.
    But the fires in NSW have been burning since September – whereas Dunalley was all over within 12 hours.

    Also to note – 6 of Tassies 8 current fires are located at and around Fingal – where a suspected arsonist has been caught.

  7. Mark M

    Fossil fuels to the rescue of fires not caused by fossil fuels:

    Photo: There are people sheltering in boats in Mallacoota lake.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/ehvutd/there_are_people_sheltering_in_boats_in/

  8. classical_hero

    Yet in Bangladesh, 50 people died because of extreme cold.
    https://www.asiaone.com/asia/cold-snap-kills-50-bangladesh

  9. ScoMo has chosen to be a politician and has achieved well in this career. It promises to make him and his wife and children wealthy and comfortable for his and their lives. He has done this because Liberal MPs and party supporters have backed him, often with money. He owes it to them to keep the Liberals in power. This involves taking care to see that nothing he does exposes him to criticism and ridicule by the party’s opponents, whether justified or not. The opponents include much of the media, such as the ABC. It is pointless complaining that ALP politicians are held to lower standards, and he must know that.

    This is why the ‘optics’ are critical. He postures as an ordinary bloke, and ordinary blokes in voter-land will be easily persuaded by the media that he is a hypocrite. Grand dinners at Kirribilli on NYE are not ordinary.

    I am bothered about this because I want to see (for the present time) the Liberals stay in power.

  10. Shy Ted

    You know what the answer is ScoMo. Just removed the first three letters from the alphabet. And a B and 2 S’s.

  11. 8th Dan

    Have the nation’s transport ministers cut short their holidays?

    Dumb heading.

    Andrew Constance, NSW Transport Minister, broke down while being interviewed live on TV this morning. In his electorate of Bega, advising people, especially holidaymakers, to leave asap ahead of worsening fire weather. 300 home destroyed on the NSW South Coast in the past few days, making a total of 1,300 homes destroyed by bushfires in NSW since the end of last September.

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ScoMo Derangement Syndrome has definitely begun. Same as Howard Derangement and Abbott Derangement. Just reply to their tweets saying this, getting the ‘Derangement’ meme out about these Twitter Tools. Just like Boris and Trump, ScoMo will not have a minute’s respite from this. Tell the world via whoever you meet joining in with this nonsense. Call it derangement for that is what it is. Expect no less.

  13. C.L.

    Andrew Constance, NSW Transport Minister, broke down while being interviewed live on TV this morning. In his electorate of Bega, advising people, especially holidaymakers, to leave asap ahead of worsening fire weather. 300 home destroyed on the NSW South Coast in the past few days, making a total of 1,300 homes destroyed by bushfires in NSW since the end of last September.

    So what? Why isn’t he back at his desk putting a stop to the road toll?

  14. ScoMo Derangement Syndrome has definitely begun.

    It’s because conservatives and the anti-globalisation movement world-wide is now winning and the Left is in a panic. Brexit won’t be the only EU withdrawal, there will be more.

    If ScoMo is able to call up the courage to follow the UK and US, then watch this space. We have our own ‘deep state’ that needs to be flushed and then the bowl cleansed with builder’s acid to remove any scum that tries to stick.

  15. Professor Fred Lenin

    The ultimate responsibilityfor the severity of these firesrests with State
    governments ,the feds have nothing to do with it. The feds probably have a department dealing with forestry even though they have no trees ,then again they have an education department with no schools and a health departmeni with no hospitals .
    A Royal Commisariat into forest managemant is called for ,with plenary powers to jail the main culprits for years .

  16. Bronson

    You know it’s all climate changes fault, everyone says so Albo, David Marr you know all the people you’d trust. It’s a pathetic cop out to score cheap political points while willfully ignoring the real problem of successive suicidal policy decisions by state governments starting in the 70’s to miss manage public land to the point where the current situation was inevitable. Not one of those various regimes will take responsibility for delivering us to this point.

  17. Mother Lode

    some lazy J-school twentysomething who thinks a) Twitter is the real world

    Twitter is a dirty window in a small house: it faces only one side, gives an incomplete view, and they mistake the fly-specks and grime for the real world beyond.

  18. 8th Dan

    So what? Why isn’t he back at his desk putting a stop to the road toll?

    Because he is in his electorate assisting his constituents and the other people there. As well as continuing to address his ministerial responsibilities from his electorate office.

    Short of preventing all vehicular traffic, there is no way anyone can put a stop to the road toll. Reducing/minimising it is a goal, but more within the purview of the Police Minister rather than the Transport Minister.

  19. Roger

    …amazing how the state premiers responsible for matters of bushfires are not being asked about their holiday plans.

    That would be because they’re on holiday.

  20. The ABC is relentless. Just on 24 hours the Michael person, commenting on Mr Constance, observed that “it is a refreshing display of humanity by our political leaders”. (Perhaps not a minutely exact quote.) Praiseworthy of Constance but a pejorative reflection on others. Many would take this to refer to Morison.

    Of the task forces to be created, one should be devoted to dealing with the ABC.

  21. 8th Dan, you have missed the point made by CL. To my mind, it is that whatever a Luberal minister says or does, some will find a basis to criticise them for neglect.

  22. Have the nation’s transport ministers cut short their holidays?

    The Christmas holiday road toll (so far): 22.
    Fires death toll (so far): 17.

    No? Why not?

    Road deaths don’t cause widespread loss of homes and livestock, nor do they cause Soviet-style queuing at supermarkets.

    Morrison is hosting swanky soirees at Kirribilly while quiet Australians line up for bread and water.

  23. Bronson

    Mounty to the rescue as always on the road to excuseville. Road deaths cause untold trauma to families and huge financial impacts on society think of the larger number of injured that require long periods in intensive care and then extensive rehab. Many are unable to work again and require ongoing state assistance.

  24. It’s truly amazing how the Left think. On a predominantly technical forum (where the posters predominantly appear to be Leftist), they simply cannot see that much of this is due to almost zero fuel reduction. Then some suggest that the federal government implement a fire fighting corps, with a fleet of fire bombers and paratroopers that descend into remote areas to quash fires.

    These urban dwelling, Leftist numpties have no idea about the bush or firefighting . I’ve worked with the CFA fighting bushfires and traipsed into inaccessible areas to put out spot fires. When wildfires start, virtually nothing will put them out except running out of fuel.

    Were all those recent hazardous waste fires caused by climate change? No. It was due to inappropriate management and excessive storage of flammable products. The bush is exactly the same.

  25. candy

    Andrew Constance is where he should be, in his electorate, helping out.

  26. 59096

    Morrison’s actions of late just dont pass the pub test. And the pub test is what decides election results. Albo on the other hand did exactly what Morrison should have done in Morrisons absence. The NYE party made Morrison look out of touch and a bit like Nero playing his flute while Rome burned. It’s all about optics!

  27. John A

    Rafiki #3277885, posted on January 2, 2020 at 8:01 am

    This involves taking care to see that nothing he does exposes him to criticism and ridicule by the party’s opponents, whether justified or not.

    You have assigned him an impossible task. As others have said, the Derangement Syndrome is now in place and he will sustain all that criticism and ridicule, regardless of the actual circumstances. If a PM can be ridiculed for eating an onion, nothing is beneath these low-grade scribblers.

    The best advice we can give is for the PM to make attack his best defence. Do not take anything at face value, question every assertion, and vociferously, even forcefully, make his own case for things like State responsibilities.

    And DON’T promise any more money.

  28. calli

    The NYE party made Morrison look out of touch

    Really? Because the press says so?

    I find it amusing that suddenly a Liberal PM is cast as a National Figurehead.

    As for Albo, the people who matter at this point in time, the firefighters, know exactly what he’s good for. Absolutely nothing.

  29. Lee

    “… one person wrote on Twitter.”

    So what, and who the hell cares?

    Is this what is supposed to qualify as quality and objective journalism these days?

  30. Perfidious Albino

    No issue with Minister Constance being in his electorate. However, I would argue that an important part of his job is to be, and be seen to be, a reassuring, steady hand on the tiller. Empathy yes, let it out later, perhaps, but not losing it. If he can’t manage that, then he’s probably not really cut out for the job (IMHO).

  31. John A

    That pic of the Premier of burning Victoriastan is a set-up – notice that the CFA bloke with the red “Operations Officer” vest is not briefing Mr Andrews. So it is just a publicity shot and a glorified selfie with someone wearing a ranger’s uniform.

    I wonder if ABC, Fauxfacts et al managed to edit him out of the shot later? Just to “tidy up,” of course!
    (/sarc)

  32. Perfidious Albino

    ScoMo should probably have taken up a collection from his NYE attendees to donate to bushfire/drought appeals to help counter the inevitable outrageous outrage. He’s going to have to learn that he will be a constant target now and plan / risk manage accordingly. He largely just needs to be seen as sensible and in control.

  33. Lee

    He largely just needs to be seen as sensible and in control.

    Do you really think that whatever Morrison does will please the critics and haters?

    What he should do is tell the haters to go propagate themselves.

  34. Perfidious Albino

    Lee, no, of course not. Haters gonna hate and absolutely ScoMo needs to be willing to swing the cluebat righteously. But if you accept that there is a rump of ‘quiet Australians’ out there, that’s your audience for sensible and in control.

  35. Yes, ScoMo should go the attack (with the ABC first up) , and yes he will be attacked relentlessly with lies and distortions. My point is that if he poses as a bloke in touch with ordinary Australians he has to look as if he lives like them. Holidays in up-locations in Hawaii (what’s wrong with Australia they ask), and grand dinners at Kiribilli with a great view of the fireworks, should be avoided.

  36. Tator

    As someone who has worked in an emergency services operations centre with SAPOL, there are at least 3 glaring issues with that photo of Dan Andrews. Firstly, he is photographed looking over a map randomly spread over a workspace. Maps aren’t treated like that in an ops centre, generally they are either using computer based GIS systems like Ezri or the like where every single decision maker can view the same map at the same time. Also, nothing is marked on the map as every map that is actually being used would have the fire location and current wind directions marked as well as unit locations.
    Secondly, he is having a photo op with a junior ranked member who is standing there with their shirt untucked and sunglasses on top of the head appearing unprofessional. It appears they have just thrown the uniform shirt on for the photo op.
    Thirdly as pointed out by John A, the Operations Officer who is in control of all operational facets of the emergency, wasn’t involved in giving the briefing. Under the AIIMS system of incident management, most of the important people probably wouldn’t have the time to partake in such a political set piece which is more of an inconvenience than of any real benefit. The politicians place is at the State Emergency Council which is convened in the Governments executive offices and away from the EOC’s and with today’s CIMS software systems like WebEOC which is run in SA across all ESO’s, there is no need for the Premier to impose himself onto the EOC except for political purposes as the CIMS software gives the SEC all the information they need.

  37. Knuckle Dragger

    The ‘optics’ are indeed critical.

    In that the average punter will see a picture of Dan pointing at a random spot on a hastily-thrown down map as a useless gesture of ‘being there’ and ‘doing something’.

    Like Albo holding back brekky for the fireys until he and the cameras got there. And Rudd ankle deep in Brisbane floods with empty suitcases.

    Pointless.

  38. stackja

    2GB John Stanley lamenting a lack of PR press releases on fires. In the past reporters went out a got the stories.
    Then came press secretaries.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Like Albo holding back brekky for the fireys until he and the cameras got there

    The real firies were told to go down the road to Makka’s.

  40. Diogenes

    Here is Andrews doing a traditional look-at-the-map pose for the cameras.

    Steiner will advance with his army of volunteers …

  41. 8th Dan

    Like Albo holding back brekky for the fireys until he and the cameras got there

    The real firies were told to go down the road to Makka’s.

    So someone here said they heard from a friend who heard it from another. No actual verification that it happened.

  42. Mother Lode

    It is encouraging to see that no one in authority could be pried away from the real effort just to provide extras for Dan’s performance.

    I wonder if he tried though.

  43. C.L.

    Great analysis, Tator.
    Thank you.

  44. Tator

    Just noticed another thing, the “ranger” Dopey Dan is having the photo taken with also has her name badge on the wrong side. Makes it more likely to be a ring in posing as a ranger. Uniformed services have protocols for placement of name badges. From the photo, the other Ranger has hers on the right hand side, which is the norm. The left hand side is reserved for Nationally awarded decorations and medals.

  45. Nighthawk the Elder

    Dan and the big map. With all the Chinese borrowed money he has to splash around on projects, he could afford to buy them a map table. More practically why aren’t they using 21 century tech and projecting an electronic image (maybe even with live stream) onto a large smart screen. Probably because it doesn’t photograph well.

    I’m truly over the media propaganda, stunts and other staged stories. Trump was right on the money when he coined the term Fake News.

  46. Seco

    The media are trash. Partisan trash at that.

  47. Nighthawk the Elder

    I have a theory as to why the hysteria over ScoMo taking too long to cut his holiday and fly back to Australia and “do something”. I call it the Jacinda Protocol, named of course in honour of that Kiwi wonder woman Jacinda Ardern, who, along with her trusty hijab and super cuddle powers, lead her nation to a perpetual state of eternal harmony.

    The Jacinda Protocol states: In the event of any emergency or disaster where there is noticeable loss, it is incumbent on the Prime Minister of the day to don the appropriate garb of the affected community and to administer official “hugs”.

    ScoMo was not on site quick enough, dressed in yellow turnout gear and RM Williams boots and giving out government sanctioned cuddles and kissing away the boo boos. And because of that, thousands will now suffer unimaginable PTSD, all because Morrison wanted to catch one more wave. He could have single handed prevented immeasurable amounts of trauma just by wrapping his arms around someone and looking forlorn into the camera lens.

  48. Mother Lode

    The Jacinta Protocol.

    I like it.

  49. 8th Dan

    Just noticed another thing, the “ranger” Dopey Dan is having the photo taken with also has her name badge on the wrong side.

    Yeah? Nah. The Ranger in the extreme top left of the photo also has the name tag on his/her left side. It’s just a pin on name tag … no protocol for which side it’s to be worn, just as long as it’s visible. Chick sitting at the desk is likely left-handed, so pinned it on her right side.

  50. alans

    re dangerous dan & the map. more than likely the map is upside down and this tosser wouldn’t have a clue on what to look for. this man couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag without girl guide assistance.

  51. Tator

    8th Ranger,
    in the Emergency Services, there are protocols for even the pin on name tags. SAPOL, CFS and SES all have them here in SA.

  52. 8th Dan

    more than likely the map is upside down

    Yeah? Nah. The map is East Gippsland and he’s clearly looking at it the right way up.

  53. a reader

    Maybe when this is over we can actually have a discussion about fuel management? Or am I asking too much? Will they do like they did after Black Saturday or Ash Wednesday? You know, make no changes and let the green hysteria carry on.

    I’ve learnt that the hardened eco-nutters won’t listen to logic, even with their world burning down around them. Instead of talking about the reasons a fire spreads, it’s apparently all climate change. They won’t even compromise that even if they’re right about AGW you still have to manage forests. Fuckwits.

  54. tombell

    The Left think that organizing a photo op IS work!

  55. 8th Dan

    in the Emergency Services, there are protocols for even the pin on name tags.

    Yep. High on the shirt, left or right, as long as it’s clearly visible. Hope you noticed that the chick on Dan’s left is actually wearing 2 pin-on name tags.

  56. Julian the deplorable

    On 10 News tonight Anthony McClellan attacks the PM. Anthony is introduced as a crisis management specialist. His twitter feed is reasonably interesting and reveals his personal beliefs which are not naturally aligned to the conservative side of politics.

  57. Squirrel

    From now on, every mention of “climate change denial” needs to be met with “fuel load denial”, every demand for “real action on climate change” needs to be met with a demand for “real action on fuel loads”.

    What we are witnessing is beyond shameful, and the grubs who think this is yet another opportunity for partisan smart-arsery and an orgy of righteous outrage need to be put back in their miserable little boxes.

  58. Nob

    even if they’re right about AGW you still have to manage forests.

    Of course.
    Even on the the most extreme (and least likely) IPCC prognosis, Australia’s actions have no effect on climate.

    Politicians cannot control the climate. End of. Hands up who thinks Australian politicians control the climate?

    Things they can do include cleaning up basement fuel load and allowing landowners to cotinue with responsible management.

    Sure some fires will leap the treetops but concentrate on what you can actually do that will be a net benefit.

    I’ve noticed greenies and general idiots reacting crazily to any mention of “fuel load” on social media. Others claiming that HRB (hazard reduction burning, especially for those that want to sound knowledgeable) has been done so this can only be The Climate caused by Liberal PMs but no Labor state leaders.

    Great – listen boneheads: you can’t control the climate. You can’t eliminate the fires but you can take practical actions to reduce the risk of fire.

    Second, take a walk in any reserved land or NP near you and tell us if fuel load is adequately managed. Because it sure doesn’t take much looking around to see places that are a mess and just waiting to go up.

  59. Nob

    Julian the deplorable
    #3278714, posted on January 2, 2020 at 7:35 pm
    On 10 News tonight Anthony McClellan attacks the PM. Anthony is introduced as a crisis management specialist. His twitter feed is reasonably interesting and reveals his personal beliefs which are not naturally aligned to the conservative side of politics

    Interviewers only have to ask, “and you’re normally a great supporter of Scott Morrison?” so viewers know what they’re dealing with.

  60. deplorable

    I see the Marxist centrelink rent a crowd in Cobargo have been given prominence in our MSM with their political abuse of Morrison and his wife. The media cannot help themselves when it comes to destroying conservatives. The image of a handful of ignorant trash screaming and yelling abuse at the PM should never have made it to the screen as it certainly was not newsworthy.

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