A NSW RFS firefighter who criticised Scott Morrison on national TV has hit out at the prime minister once again - and says he will “never” apologise.
Paul Parker, from Nelligen, on the NSW South Coast, rose to fame for his now-viral rant aimed at Morrison during the unprecedented bushfire season.
He claimed during The Project on Sunday night he was removed from his job for telling Mr Morrison to “go and get f***ed” during a Channel 7 broadcast in early January while battling blazes.
Speaking again to The Project on Monday, Mr Parker insisted the RFS let him go - despite their denial ever such conversation took place - and doubled down on his criticism of Morrison.
Host Steve Price asked Mr Parker how he felt about Morrison’s claims he never said volunteer firies shouldn’t get paid because they enjoy it, saying it was a reference to their fierce work ethic.
“Well they are just words, aren't they? He has probably sat down with one of his advisors all day to write that down,” Mr Parker responded.
“They're just words. They're just words. Scott Morrison means nothing to me, mate,” he said, adding that he will “never” apologise or regret what he said.
However, Mr Parker did encourage Morrison and RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons “to come down and have a chat”.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Parker told 7News he’s “finished” with the NSW RFS.
“They broke my heart. It destroyed me as a person, it destroyed me as a volunteer,” he told the publication.
Mr Parker claims he has been let go from his role with the NSW RFS by a captain from Batemans Bay’s station over his initial comments.
NSW RFS said Mr Parker “remains a member” and “has not been dismissed”.
During The Project on Monday, Mr Parker said Commissioner Fitzsimmons was perhaps not aware of what had happened.
“He’s not a not a bad bloke and he’s done a pretty good job. But in this case what he was told from down here over my sacking or being stood down is incorrect,” Mr Parker said.
A NSW RFS spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia reports of Mr Parker’s dismissal are “completely inaccurate”.
The spokesperson said the RFS will be investigating Mr Parker’s claims and take appropriate action if needed.
Yahoo News Australia followed up with the NSW RFS to see if there might have been a breakdown in communication with Mr Parker but it referred to its original statement on the matter.
Mr Parker’s rant earlier this year resonated with many across Australia as the nation struggled through a catastrophic fire season that has so far claimed 34 lives.
As a sign of his popularity, the firie’s face was even plastered across a Melbourne wall in a tribute to his famous outburst.
And while a GoFundMe page was set up by his grateful neighbours as he took time off work to fight the fires, the biggest donation has been sent straight to his local pub, where well-wishers have been adding to his bar tab.
Speaking with Nine News on Monday, Mr Parker expressed his admiration for one Australian politician particular.
“There’s only one person who cares about this country and that’s Pauline Hanson,” Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker invited the One Nation senator to come visit him and his community in Nelligen.
“You’re unreal, you care about the country, the rest of them don’t,” he said.
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