Scott Morrison has announced another week of leave, prompting critics to estimate the amount of time the Prime Minister takes off.
This morning, Scott Morrison has announced another week of leave. Now, whether the Prime Minister perpetually buggering off on holidays is a reality, or more of a general perception is difficult to define, but he won’t be answering his emails until the 18th of January.
Per the press release, “during my short absence, the Deputy Prime Minister will undertake my duties for this period, including regular health and economic briefings, the planned roll-out of our vaccine program…while away I remain in contact with the Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.”
Now, while he has a right to a holiday, but let’s quickly note the country he’s leaving. As it stands, we’re in the midst of a once-in-a-generation pandemic (and the looming financial crisis to come), rolling out his program that looks to optimistically inoculate 80,000 Australians a week, four million by the end of March. Our relationship with China, our biggest trade partner, is unravelling. Our most important ally, America, is experiencing a government change-over in the midst of a domestic terrorist-led insurrection. Yet, the man we’re paying an estimated $550,000 is acting like a small-town civil-servant with a swell to surf.
An interesting side note is the number of holidays he’s had, and when. While we can exclude the trip to Hawaii during the apocalyptic bushfires of 2019 as the most egregious (and played out) example (which was also his third holiday of 2019), critics have estimated that he has taken four weeks leave in the last six months of 2020. This doesn’t include two weeks he spent in isolation after his trip to Japan, which coincided with the release of the brutal photos (and report) into the behaviour of our troops in Afghanistan. It’s now at the point that when Morrison dithers, the suspicion is renewed and the hashtag #WheresScotty trends.
Whether the estimates are accurate, it speaks to the vibe he’s cultivated, considering his level of responsibility, it seems far too many. But, crucially, we don’t know, and thus, the true figure remains a mystery.
If we consider a transatlantic comparison, I feel we need something close to Trumpgolfcount.com, a website that measures the frequency and taxpayer cost of Donald Trump’s infamously frequent tee-times. For the curious, Donald had 298 golf days in 2020, costing the taxpayer $144,000,000. How good is independent oversight?