‘It’s not good enough’: Albanese slammed by the Opposition for absence during NSW floods

Jul 05, 2022
The PM gets slammed for focusing on international relations amidst NSW flood crisis. Source: @AlboMP/Twitter

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been slammed by the Liberal Party for his focus on overseas relations amidst the flood crisis in New South Wales.

Over 30,000 people in Sydney and surrounding areas have been advised to evacuate their homes, with torrential rain expected to rise and cause flood levels higher than those seen in the last 18 months.

The Prime Minister is currently in Poland after visiting war-torn Ukraine and meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in the hopes of sending a clear message that Australia supports Ukraine.

Speaking with 2GB’s Luke Grant, Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor pointed out Albanese’s attack on former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s holiday to Hawaii during the nation’s bushfire crisis.

“Almost every day during his election campaign Albanese said he would step up and take responsibility as leader. It was flooding for 48 hours, Luke, and he has only just picked up the phone to Dominic Perrottet to ask if he needs a hand,” Taylor said.

“There’s 30,000 people who have been told to evacuate their homes but the PM is more concerned about his reputation on the global stage than making sure people in NSW have a place to sleep.

“You do have to be there. Albanese made a real scene about this and yet he couldn’t even pick up the phone and frankly, it’s not good enough.”

The Prime Minister said he’d been experiencing “radio silence” while in the Ukraine.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers assured ABC’s News Breakfast that the “Albanese government will stand with you [flood victims]” and work closely with the state of NSW to provide fast and efficient assistance.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph, Chalmers said the Albanese government had inherited poor international relationships, assuring the Prime Minister’s overseas work wasn’t affecting Labor’s ability to focus on Australians and “advancing our agenda here at home”.

“We would prefer that we inherited relationships which were in perfect nick in our region, in the Pacific, with the French and around the world. But unfortunately, that’s not what we inherited,” he said.

“What we got instead were a series of relationships which are very important to Australians which had been run down over time. We would prefer that work wasn’t necessary.”

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