Channel 7, on Jan 2nd of this new decade, reported that, ‘Scott Morrison has called for patience as thousands of Australians remain in limbo, anxious and fearful after being impacted by bushfires. The Prime Minister has also again downplayed the need for urgent climate action after fires which razed huge areas in NSW and Victoria turned deadly.‘ He went on to report more of the Prime Minister’s words, ‘Scott Morrison has called for patience as thousands of Australians remain in limbo, anxious and fearful after being impacted by bushfires. ‘
“My simple request is to be patient, to have confidence in the state agencies,” Mr Morrison told media in Sydney on Thursday. “I understand the anxiety and I understand the fear that is there for many and I understand the frustration. But this is a natural disaster. Natural disasters are best dealt with through the methodical, well-coordinated response that we are seeing today.“
I shall paraphrase that,
Scott Morrison, losing focus.
‘This is a big fire and we cannot control it. I will be a lot more comfortable if you are a quiet Australian while your home burns down. I will be quite happy if you smile through the loss of your livelihood and your family and most importantly, please smile and thank God while you are being burned to a crisp. We have nothing prepared for this so you just have to suck it up. Please do it as good quiet Australians. It is easier on my ears.’
Yet this is nothing new. Ever since he was accidentally appointed PM by his myopic political party, his favoured mantra has been, ‘Keep calm, nothing needs to happen in a hurry, whatever you do, do not rock the boat. Any change is bad and frightening and we will not allow it‘
In the SMH, David Crowe and Max Koslowski wrote on November 12, 2019, ‘…the Prime Minister called for an end to the “shouting” by politicians when more than a dozen emergency warnings were in place amid fears conditions would worsen. Take it down a few notches,” Mr Morrison said. “There have been a lot of provocative comments made over the last few days from all sides of the debate and I find it very unhelpful. ‘
And again, in The Australian of December 12, 2019, Olivia Caisley wrote, ‘Scott Morrison has called for calm over the bushfire haze blanketing Sydney and other cities, while defending the government’s climate change policies in the face of critics who have seized on a catastrophic fire season to demand deeper emissions cuts.’
Yet it goes further than that. In the Guardian of 26th Nov, 2018, reported, “Each day I send my kids to school and I know other members’ kids should also go to school but we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments,” Morrison told parliament on Monday. “What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.”
Non-anxiety-causing fire photo for the children.
On Sept 12, 2019, SBS reported, ‘…speaking from New York, Prime Minister Morrison cautioned against imposing “needless anxiety” on children when dealing with the concerns of climate change. We have got to caution against raising the anxieties of children, But I do understand that people do feel strongly about this. I want children growing up in Australia to feel positive about their future.‘
If there is a theme in this sad attempt at Prime Ministership it is that everyone should always be calm. Regardless of terror, tragedy and disaster. Remain calm at all costs.
Yet we do not need a pretend parson prating platitudes.
We need a leader!