'Global embarrassment': Tim Minchin's dig at ScoMo after receiving troubling Christmas gift

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

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.

On Thursday, it was feared a further 40 homes were lost in a bushfire season experts say is fuelled by climate change.

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.

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.”

Scott Morrison has been criticised by large parts of the Australian population for taking a holiday during a national crisis. Source: AAP

He urged the Prime Minister to stop “tooling around” and “learn some science and declare a climate emergency”.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered outside Kirribilli House to protest Mr Morrison’s inaction.

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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