Backlash towards the prime minister has grown in a single day with Scott Morrison the subject of dialog from Australian screens to the UK.
Across social media, tv and radio the prime minister confronted extra criticism for his “chronic inability” to take duty for the federal authorities’s failures in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, in keeping with Labor MP Tony Burke on Sky News in a single day.
Mr Morrison refused claims he was an “absent leader” after going through a grilling from all sides, and if final evening is any factor to go by, it’s not wanting any simpler for the PM.
The PM began yesterday with a scathing interview from KIIS 1011 Melbourne hosts Jase & PJ, demanding an apology for his dealing with of the pandemic and for “the mistakes made”.
“We’ve had problems and we’ve dealt with them, that’s what I do every single day,” Mr Morrison replied.
It solely obtained worse from there, with the UK’s The Independent turning into the newest abroad publication to deal with the PM’s failures with this: “Morrison under fire over fresh Australia Covid lockdown and poor jab roll out”.
Meanwhile, Sydney appeared on the entrance web page of The New York Times beneath the headline: “How nations are learning to ‘let it go’ and live with covid”.
“Places like Australia, which shut down its border, are learning that they cannot keep the virus out,” the article reads.
On Wednesday afternoon the PM fronted cameras — with none signal of an apology — however conceded “we’ve had our challenges with this program”.
“We‘ve had significant challenges with this program, as many countries have, but what matters is how you respond to them.
“What matters is how you fix the things that need to be fixed and get the program doing what it needs to be doing and hitting the vaccination rates it needs to hit to ensure that we can get to where we need to be, where we want to be.”
Pressure is growing for the PM with frustrated Australians stuck in lockdown and the federal government’s recognition plummeting by the day.
Greater Sydney is going through longer than a five-week lockdown, Melburnians face one other week minimal and South Australia can also be enduring a seven-day lockdown.
On The Project final evening, talking to Dr Norman Swan, co-host of ABC’s Coronacast, Waleed Aly commented on Mr Morrison’s lack of apology.
“Does he have something to say sorry for?” Aly requested.
Dr Swan replied: “That’s up to the country to decide, but I will give you a list of things he may want to think about: Failure to procure enough Pfizer when he had a chance, failing to contact Pfizer like others …”. The listing went on.
It comes off the again of Steve Price slamming Mr Morrison on the program on Monday night, asking, “where the hell is the PM?”.
It didn’t get any simpler as Wednesday evening rolled on, with the ABC’s 7.30 trending after ripping into Mr Morrison.
“The problem for the Prime Minister is that despite his protests, slumping poll numbers reveal the Prime Minister facing high levels of disapproval of his handling of the pandemic and a majority perceive him as playing politics & avoiding responsibility,” political reporter Laura Tingle mentioned.
“Even for a prime minister notable for his marketing ability, it’s difficult to find much good to say about Australia’s vaccine rollout.
“International comparison shows just 11.7 per cent of the entire population is fully vaccinated. But the government is now quoting the share of the eligible population vaccinated – that’s 14 and a half per cent – hardly something to write home about.”
Medical group joins battle
Meanwhile extra of the medical group joined in criticism after the prime minister informed reporters it was a “constant appeal” to get the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to vary their medical recommendation on AstraZeneca given the outbreaks in Australia.
Mr Morrison once more known as on ATAGI to rethink its place given the present scenario in a number of states.
The group — numerous unbiased medical consultants picked by the federal government — has already modified the recommendation thrice for the AstraZeneca jab — it’s now beneficial for adults over the age of 60.
The feedback noticed the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) vice chairman and member of ATAGI Dr Chris Moy seem on the ABC’s Afternoon Briefing, telling host Patricia Karvelas that Australia’s covid consultants shouldn’t be used as fodder.
“Ultimately the job of the government is to appoint these people, get them to give the advice in a cold, hard fashion and deal with it given the circumstances.
“ATAGI should not be attacked, these are good people who give up their time to provide good advice,” he mentioned.
“The main thing is to understand everybody’s role here; TGA approves it, ATAGI provides recommendations, government’s make the decisions and they should actually sit in their spots.”
Shadow well being minister Mark Butler agreed with the AMA and criticised the PM’s feedback for placing “unfair pressure” on ATAGI and informed this system that Mr Morrison will not be taking duty for his personal failures.
“Just be honest with the Australian people, say you’ve made a mistake,” Mr Butler mentioned.
“Today I heard him mouth the words, ‘I take responsibility’, then in the same breath, blame everyone else.
“I agree with the AMA, I think this is the prime minister using the power of his office as the head of the country trying to shelve responsibility for the terrible failures of this vaccine rollout onto them rather than taking responsibility himself.”