Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been criticized by one of his political opponents for placing his “global reputation” on the needs of New South Wales residents in the flood crisis. I did.
Currently, an estimated 32,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued multiple flood warnings to the state, including key warnings to communities along the Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers. It has also reached record levels seen in February and March 2022.
Albanese will return to Australia late Tuesday to visit the flood-affected areas of Hawksbury, following a return from the NATO summit in Spain and a side trip to France and Ukraine.
The Prime Minister said in a Twitter post that he was telephoned by New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrott shortly after visiting the war-torn Ukraine at AEST on Monday.
“I went from Ukraine to Poland and left the silence on the radio. My first action was @ Murray Watt When @Dom_Perrottet About confirming that New South Wales floods and federal support are being provided, “Albanise said.
From Ukraine to Poland, he left the silence of the radio.My first action is @ Murray Watt When @Dom_Perrottet About confirming that New South Wales floods and federal support are being provided.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 4, 2022
Comparison of Albanese and Morrison on Wildfires 2019-2020
Finance Minister Angus Taylor told Sydney’s radio station 2GB that the prime minister was “concerned about his reputation” on the world stage rather than “securing a place for New South Wales people to sleep.” “.
“Almost every day during the campaign, he said he would step up and take responsibility as a leader,” Taylor said.
“It was a flood on all fours of 48, and he just picked up a phone call to Dominique Perotet to ask if he needed a hand.”
Liberal lawmakers added that he was with former Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a wildfire in Picton’s constituency.
In 2019, Morrison went on fire to go on vacation while the country was facing a major wildfire.
However, Albanese “made the actual scene” of Morrison’s reaction to the 2019-2020 wildfire, but he “did not even get a phone,” Taylor said.
“Frankly, that’s not enough.”
However, Treasury Minister Jim Chalmers defended Albanese’s response, saying that “many relationships between international partners have collapsed and much work has been required.”
He told 9News Tuesday that Albanese’s work on the international stage “did not prevent us from advancing the agenda domestically.”
For many of the affected communities, this is the fourth most damaging flood event in less than 18 months.
“We certainly saw it through the Northern Rivers flood (in New South Wales in March), but at this point, the advice to me is that it hasn’t reached that level.” Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt told ABC Television.
Numerous evacuation orders and warnings have been declared, with massive floods along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, primarily northwest of Sydney.
Steve Milne and AAP contributed to this report.