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Australian PM postpones visits to India, Japan amid bushfire emergency

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cancelled official trips to India and Japan that were scheduled for the second half of January as he battles a bushfire emergency at home.

Morrison said on Saturday he had spoken to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's ambassador to Australia, Reiichiro Takahashi, seeking to reschedule the meetings so he could tackle the country's growing fire crisis.

"I should stress that both of those scheduled meetings are postponed and will move quickly to identify another opportunity," Morrison told reporters after announcing a big step-up in the military's role in rescue and relief efforts.

Morrison had been set to leave for India on Jan 12, followed by a trip to Japan, with talks due to focus on defense, intelligence and security and trade issues.

The decision to postpone the trips came after Morrison faced heavy criticism in December for taking off on a family holiday to Hawaii while fires raging across Australia since September continued to burn.

He cut the family trip short and apologized.

Bushfires have killed 23 people and destroyed more than 1,500 homes since September, Morrison confirmed.

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He had to cancel, obviously. Votes were at stake.

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This person will not be around for to much longer.

You might say he has burnt all his options.

Be Strong Aussie's.

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Good decision. But the prime minister has badly damaged his reputation by appearing out of touch with the seriousness of the situation, going on holiday to Hawaii, etc.

Having said that, the major blame for this catastrophe lies with not supposed climate change or the prime minister, but rather with the leftist Greens Party who pushed legislation to ban controlled burn offs designed to prevent bushfires. - All in the name of protecting the animals. Now those animals are all dead and so are a lot of people.

Watch how a local explains it:

https://youtu.be/xNRB8SQbVvE

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

He is awfully busy making PR ads for himself, after all.

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Having said that, the major blame for this catastrophe lies with not supposed climate change or the prime minister, but rather with the leftist Greens Party who pushed legislation to ban controlled burn offs designed to prevent bushfires. - All in the name of protecting the animals. Now those animals are all dead and so are a lot of people.

This is just BS. The Greens have never been in power anywhere in Australia and never passed any legislation at all, period.

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It might be a good time to re-visit the question of global warming, and coal's contribution thereto. Of the ten largest coal mines in the world, four of them are in Australia. Is the profit from the coal mines more important than the results of global warming?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Can Australia offer Australians some good candidates ? Don't waste Australians' voting right.

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Can we give the "greenie bashing " a rest ?

Its a rubbish claim pushed on by interests who don't want to stop mining coal.

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the major blame for this catastrophe lies with not supposed climate change or the prime minister, but rather with the leftist Greens Party who pushed legislation to ban controlled burn offs designed to prevent bushfires

The ban of controlled burn offs has added to the drought effect over long term to dry out the land and underbrush, and Climate change which is a multiplying factor.

Without any one of those three factors the situation would not be as bad. No drought conditions for years then more moisture. Doing controlled burn offs means less underbrush to allow the trees to burn completely. No climate change then droughts less severe in length and effects and temperatures not as hot.

The Prime minister can take actions to lessen our carbon footprint by phasing out coal and building solar and wind farms to replace them. The biggest thing would be for all new constructions to include solar and wind generation to make them energy self sufficient from start to finish at a slightly higher cost up front. It will save money over the life of the construction by having no power bills at all, making it win win.

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He was, until the last couple of days, skirting very close to official dereliction of duty as PM. He's finally showed up to help. Shame about the self promotional video to go with it though...

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