Australian comedian Tim Minchin joined in on the widespread condemning of Prime Minister Scott Morrison following his untimely holiday abroad, labelling his inaction on climate change a “global embarrassment”.
Mr Morrison has faced ridicule and anger from Australians over his decision to take a holiday with his family – widely believed to be in Hawaii – as devastating bushfires continue to burn across Australia’s east.
The fires have claimed six lives so far while two firefighters died on Thursday after their truck veered from the road.
Perth-raised Minchin took to Twitter on Thursday to share an image of a “hilarious” yet “depressing” gift he’d received from Greenpeace.
I got a hilarious / depressing package from @greenpeaceap today - a “snow” globe made made with ash from the NSW bushfires. It is actually snowing ash in parts of Sydney today. @ScottMorrisonMP #wherethebloodyhellareya #theashglobe Global warming will continue to increase... pic.twitter.com/7pnojnLWvV— Tim Minchin (@timminchin) December 19, 2019
Pictured was a snow globe which used ash collected from the bushfires. Inside was Santa Claus holding a sign which reads: “It’s beginning to look a lot like climate change.”
“It is actually snowing ash in parts of Sydney today,” he said, tagging Mr Morrison and using the hashtag #wherethebloodyhellareya.
“Global warming will continue to increase the frequency and severity of catastrophic events like this,” he continued.
“Australia, with its wealth, its highly educated population and its proud history of scientific innovation should be a global leader in sustainability. We should be inspiring other countries with technology, policy & progress.
“Instead, we are a global embarrassment, with one of the highest per-capita emissions rates & one of the poorest recent records on climate action.”
He urged the Prime Minister to stop “tooling around” and “learn some science and declare a climate emergency”.
Minchin’s series of tweets come after a torrid few days for the Prime Minister, where footage from a 2010 appearance on Q&A emerged of him slamming former Victoria Police Commissioner Christine Nixon after she went for dinner at a pub during the height of the Black Saturday fires.
Deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg has defended Mr Morrison’s holiday, saying it is a “well deserved break”.
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