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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing growing public backlash after flying from Canberra to Sydney and back in a government jet to see his family for Father’s Day while ordinary Australians are banned from making such flights.
Mr Morrison used a VIP RAAF jet for the 350km journey from Canberra to Sydney Airport after being granted a travel exemption for the weekend trip.
He then flew back to Canberra on Monday morning for a cabinet meeting which his team say could not be conducted from Sydney for security reasons.
An exemption is not needed to enter NSW but Mr Morrison required and was granted special permission to re-enter the ACT from NSW as an essential worker. He is planning to fly back to Sydney afterwards.
He has been blasted by Australians who have been prevented from seeing dying relatives because of state border closures, while others have been separated from loved ones for more than a year by lockdowns which have failed to rein in case numbers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing a furious growing public backlash for flouting lockdown laws to fly to Sydney in a private jet (pictured) to see his family for Father’s Day
Mr Morrison used a VIP RAAF jet for the 350km journey from Covid-riddled Canberra to Sydney Airport after getting a travel exemption for the weekend trip
Scott Morrison, pictured here on the tarmac at Sydney Airport, then flew back to Canberra without enduring 14-day hotel quarantine at either end.
‘How is it fair?’ raged Nine’s political correspondent Chris O’Keefe on the Today show on Tuesday.
‘There’s people who haven’t been able to meet their grandchildren yet, let alone be able to fly from locked down Canberra to locked down Sydney for Father’s Day.
‘It all seems a bit cute and a bit convenient for the Prime Minister to ring up the VIP jet and fly in and get to Kirribilli and have Father’s Day when people are sitting across the Tweed border, unable to basically shake hands with their children.
The PM has been blasted by Nine’s Chris O’Keefe (pictured) for his double standards when many have been banned from seeing dying relatives while other families are kept apart by lockdown
‘It’s just outrageous to think that the Prime Minister thought he could get away with this. It’s Hawaii 2.0 in my view.’
In 2019, Mr Morrison took a family holiday to Hawaii while bushfires ripped across Australia.
He was also slammed in June 2020 over a site-seeing trip to the Cornish home of his ancestors while attending a G7 summit in England, at the same time as thousands of Australians were locked out of their homeland by Covid restrictions.
Darwin Labor MP Luke Gosling spent Father’s Day in the Howard Springs quarantine centre in the Northern Territory after flying in from Canberra.
On Tuesday morning, he tweeted a selfie from isolation and sniped at the PM: ‘Happy to be doing my part at Howard Springs after being in Canberra for Parliament.
‘Sure i missed Fathers Day with my family but hey, we’re all in this together right…’
The MP told Daily Mail Australia: ‘The PM always takes the credit for the hard work of others. Then when Australians are doing it tough he always fails to lead by example.’
Darwin Labor MP Luke Gosling (pictured) spent Father’s Day in the Howard Springs quarantine centre in the Northern Territory after flying in from Canberra
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten accused Mr Morrison of double standards and said the trip showed appalling judgement
Former Labour leader Bill Shorten added: ‘You can’t have one rule for Mr Morrison and another rule for everyone else.
‘I just think it’s appalling judgement. I was a bit surprised when I read he had done this to be honest.
‘It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to see his kids but so does every other Australian. When your people are doing it tough, you’ve got to do it tough too.’
He added: ‘I know that for a lot of MPs, when we leave Canberra, we will spend two weeks locked down away from our families.
‘I just don’t know how he was able to get a permit when most people can’t. You’ve got to have the same rules for people. Mr Morrison’s exercised poor judgement.’
Previous flight records show a trip from Canberra to Sydney on the PM’s private jet costs taxpayers $2,541. It means that in total, Mr Morrison’s jaunt cost Australians $7,623.
The PM was also slammed in June 2020 over a site-seeing trip to the Cornish home of his ancestors, as seen here, while attending a G7 summit in England
On Sunday, Mr Morrison tweeted this old photograph of the family from earlier in the year, implying he was not seeing them on Father’s Day
On Sunday, Mr Morrison tweeted an old photograph of the family from earlier in the year, implying he was not seeing them on Father’s Day.
The picture, of the PM holding a dove with wife Jenny and daughters Abbey and Lily, was actually from a memorial service in January for four children killed by an alleged drunk-driver.
‘Did Scomo use a cropped photo from an event commemorating four children who died in a car accident for his Father’s Day post or am I going crazy,’ tweeted one. ‘How inappropriate is that?’ added another.
‘My wife and I haven’t seen our children since May.’ tweeted Richard McMillan. ‘Yet Scomo was allowed to see his kids on Father’s Day at the Australian taxpayers expense. Disgusted In the hypocrisy.’
‘Scomo leaves locked down Canberra, travels to locked down Sydney to see the wife and kids for Father’s Day, then travels back to locked down Canberra. WTF that’s just beyond belief,’ tweeted one furious voter.
‘What a terrible example. We had our Father’s Day on Zoom, why couldn’t you?’ asked one. ‘A classic case of one law for us, and absolutely none for him.’
Basketball star Andrew Bogut added sardonically: ‘Must be nice…’
But some insisted the PM was in the right.
‘Flying to see your kids on Fathers Day seems like the least awful thing Scomo has ever done,’ said one.
Another posted: ‘I am more concerned about how the State Premiers are wrecking this country than Scomo’s visit to see his family on Fathers Day.’
The trip sparked fury online, including reaction from Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut
Source: Daily Mail