Daily Australia, Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits his mistakes in handling the country’s most severe bushfire crisis in history. He expressed his regret over the mistake.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced mounting criticism over his government’s climate policy and the handling to control the crisis.
Australia has been burning since last September, and the fire caused 28 lives so far. Millions of acres of land, thousands of homes destroyed by the fire.
Morrison expressed his regret on Sunday, saying ”things I could have handled on the ground much better”.
Mr. Morrison faced huge criticism when he went to Hawaii on a family vacation amid the crisis. His vacation angered Australians, and the PM cut short his vacation, came home and apologized.
He also faced backlash when he went to visit fire hit communities in New South Wales and Victoria. The two states are the worst affected by the situation.
One angry resident in the town of Cobargo in New South Wales called Mr. Morrison ”idiot’ and said, “you won’t be getting any votes down here.” Another woman from the town called for more equipment and support for firefighters.
Acknowledging the pressure firefighters are facing, Morrison said there was a “new appetite” for the government to take a more direct role in responding to the disaster.
He announced a royal commission review – a type of public inquiry – into the country’s response to the bushfire crisis.
What did Scott Morrison say about climate change?
Morrison’s government has been accused of not doing enough to address climate change. Experts have been continuously warning the authorities that climate change could increase the intensity, frequency, and scale of bushfires.
But in an interview with ABC television, Prime Minister defended his government’s approach, which he said took into account the effect of climate change on the bushfires.
He said: “We’re living in longer, hotter, drier summers. This is obviously affected by the broader changes in climate.”
Mentioning his government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions, Mr. Morrison insisted his government was on track to “meet and beat” its targets.