So, the parliament has resumed for the year and proven that having Scott Morrison’s poor leadership was not, in fact, a fever dream.
To kick off the year, Scotty from Marketing is living up to his name by suggesting we have a Royal Commission into the horrific bushfires, probably in order to save himself from the dreadful PR he’s been dealing with all summer.
He’s also named the bushfires “Black Summer”, no doubt as an attempt to rebrand the various unflattering names people have given the fires while linking them to climate change.
Get absolutely fucked, @ScottMorrisonMP. These are the #MorrisonFires. The only thing black is your heart for gutting the essential services that could have fought these fires better. https://t.co/S7KNlNhxeG
— Professor Benson (@bensongpearson) February 4, 2020
And no, it didn’t work – #MorrisonFires is trending on Twitter to remind the world that yes, we haven’t forgotten the role ScoMo has played in exascerbating these fires. I mean, #CrimeMinister was a thing for a reason.
ScoMo reckons the Royal Commission should investigate 1) when the federal government can step over state governments in regards to dealing with natural disasters and 2) look at what states have done to reduce firerisks in our hotter, longer, drier summers.
Now, let me tell you exactly why this is all complete horseshit.
I understand #ScottyfromMarketing would like to distance himself from any association with these horrific fires, but in no small way, he and previous LNP governments are responsible for the severity of the fires. How about Climate Change Fires or Hawaiian Summer as the name? More
— Eric McFadyen💧 (@EricMcFadyen) February 4, 2020
The Liberal government has been directly responsible for creating an environment that was easily decimated by the fires.
They’ve long ignored Indigenous solutions to fire reduction, and refuse to act on climate change (which is what is responsible for these fires).
Acting like the state government needs to be investigated when our Prime Minister champions coal mines and fossil fuel emissions is hypocritical at best and downright dangerous at worst.
So, Why Should We Be Pissed Off About The Royal Commission Into The Bushfires?
The Liberal government are the ones who slashed millions of dollars that would have been crucial in firies having adequate resources to fight bushfires and save lives. Scott Morrison has continuously denied climate change and it’s affects on the fires, and his refusal to act on climate change is exactly what has allowed this summer to be so dangerous and out of control.
Or Morrison could have, and still could, meet with fire chiefs and experts like he should have at least a year ago.
I’m sure they’d still be willing.
— Brett Elliott (@2three2) February 4, 2020
He lied about our emissions to the UN, refusing to admit they had dangerously increased. He’s actually still adamant that Australia is doing it’s bit to reverse climate change, despite the fact that we’ve been placed bottom of the list of countries who are taking action on climate change.
Oh, and in 2008 the Liberal government ignored a report that predicted our horror bushfires, down to the year and months.
More farcical attempts at distraction. If Morrison doesn’t recognise now that his inaction contributed to the situation no RC is going to force him to face his ineptitude and lack of leadership.
— 💧changelingchile (@changelingchil1) February 4, 2020
You can read all about how the Australian government is totally to blame for the climate-change driven bushfires in our article here. There’s a lot of hypocrisy going around with this Royal Commission into the bushfires.
Basically, the point I’m trying to make is that we fucking know why we are suffering from these bushfires. Hundreds of scientists have come together to try and explain to this morally derelict government that they are actively and personally contributing to climate change with their shitty policies and wet-dreams of coal, yet no one listens.
Why does he not simply leave the planning to the experts and have his government actually work towards addressing the root cause, namely climate change, and avoid another time wasting, lawyer driven, moan, groan and blame session that will go on forever, add little, solve less?
— selgnorts (@mistwhisperer) February 4, 2020
A Royal Commission isn’t going to achieve anything useful when our government refuses to acknowledge the root cause of these bushfires. All it does it waste millions of dollars – money which should have gone into funding fireservices and bushfire victim relief, as well as climate action initiatives to prevent further dangerous weather.
Scott Morrison is just trying to look like he’s doing something about this crisis – but we’re not buying into it.
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