Aussies Are Dusting Off Their Hawaiian Shirts For The 2nd Anniversary Of ScoMo’s Infamous Trip
He still doesn't hold a hose, mate.
Abandon your responsibilities and grab your flower crown, because it has officially been two years since Prime Minister Scott Morrison fucked off to Hawaii in the midst of one of Australia’s worst bushfire seasons.
Two years ago on December 16, 2019, Morrison famously left Australia for a Hawaiian holiday with his family, while the rest of Australia grappled with the bushfires that destroyed much of the country and forced thousands to evacuate.
After days of speculation, with nobody really sure where the prime minister actually was, it was confirmed that Michael McCormack was the acting PM. However, it wasn’t until one Aussie tourist took to social media to claim he “enjoyed bevvies” with Morrison in Hawaii that we actually knew where he was.
Yes, while much of the country burned, Morrison was snapped relaxing in a resort and throwing shakas with tourists.
And it wasn’t until news broke that two young firefighters died in a vehicle accident in New South Wales that Morrison announced he was cancelling the family holiday early.
To commemorate two years since Abscondment Day, people on social media have donned their favourite Hawaiian shirt and flower crown in an attempt to never forget the time our PM abandoned us in our hour of need.
— Peter Doyle 🌺 💉💉💉🌺 (@PeterDo25464905) December 16, 2021
— Sherri hayward (@Sherward8) December 15, 2021
Happy 2 year #AbscondmentDay anniversary!#AbscondmentDay commemorates the day Scott “Doesn’t Hold A Hose” Morrison flew off to Hawaii whilst the east coast of Australia burned. Morrison would subsequently lie to the Australian public and deny he was on holiday at the time. pic.twitter.com/ZCtOOxOADl
— Gary Blauman (@GaryBlauman__) December 15, 2021
For those who may have forgotten, Morrison’s excuse for literally running away from a national crisis with his tail between his legs was that “I don’t hold a hose, mate”.
Two years later, the government’s $4 billion disaster recovery and mitigation fund — which was a much-needed lifeline for bushfire victims — has remained completely untouched, earning $700 million in interest but not a single cent being handed out.
“This fund is nearly two years old, it’s earnt the government over $700 million in interest and not a cent has left the Commonwealth for recovery or mitigation processes,” Labor Senator Murray Watt said back in October.
Thankfully, we are yet to experience another bushfire season quite as dire as the 2019/20 summer, but with the ever-growing threat of climate change, it is really just a matter of time until history repeats itself.