Scott Morrison has once again come under fire after tweeting a short clip spruiking his latest measures to help combat the bushfires.
The 50-second clip, authorised by the Liberal Party, describes the Morrison government’s new measures to combat the fires, while upbeat music plays in the background.
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It was posted a few hours after the Prime Minister announced a deployment of 3000 ADF reservists, and a $20 million investment to lease four additional firefighting aircraft.
The video is copping heat online, with Twitter users including high-profile media figures accusing the Morrison government of using the bushfires as a marketing stunt.
Mr Morrison was also blasted after social media users noted a prominent ‘Donate’ button on the Liberal Party website page that focused on the bushfires.
The button linked to a page to raise funds for the Liberal Party itself, which some said was misleading.
The Donate button has since been removed.
It’s just the latest in a string of controversies for Mr Morrison, whose icy reception from locals in Cobargo made global headlines.
Footage taken on the ground showed him taking the hand of 20-year-old mum Zoey Salucci-McDermott, even as she told him she didn’t want to shake his hand unless he boosted funding for the Rural Fire Service.
Ms Salucci-McDermott, a young mum from Cobargo, was one of the many locals to lose everything as the out-of-control Badja Forest Road bushfire destroyed much of the town on December 31.
She has a 22-month-old girl and is pregnant with her second child.
Staring straight at the PM, Ms McDermott was introduced to him but refused to put out her hand to shake it.
“I’m only shaking your hand if you give more money to our RFS,” Ms McDermott said, as Mr Morrison grabbed her hand himself and shook it.
Through tears, Ms McDermott continued: “So many people here have lost their homes. We need more help.”
As Ms McDermott finished her sentence, the PM placed his hand on her shoulder and turned away from her.
Taking to Facebook last night, Ms McDermott revealed she was one of the many people to lose everything in the blaze.
Speaking to 10 News on Friday, Ms McDermott said seeing the PM turn away “broke my heart”.
“I would’ve happily sat down and had a cup of tea with him if he had of asked ‘are you OK, what can we do to fix this situation’,” she said.
“It’s a war-zone and he walked away when I asked for help … we’re desperate.”
Ms McDermott wasn’t the only one to turn the heat on the PM as he visited Cobargo.
Mr Morrison was yelled at by locals and refused a number of handshakes while visiting the ruined town with one telling him to “f**k off back to Sydney”.
“Go on, get in the car and p*ss off back to Kirribilli mate … you wanker,” another local yelled as the PM retreated from the community.
The criticism even came from members of his own party. On Sunrise, NSW Transport Minister and Bega MP Andrew Constance took an extraordinary swipe at Mr Morrison, declaring he “probably gave him the welcome he deserved”.
Mr Constance barely saved his own home in Malua Bay from an out-of-control bushfire.
“I didn’t even know he was coming and I haven’t had a call from him,” Mr Constance told Seven’s Sunrise yesterday when asked if people elsewhere in his electorate felt the same as Cobargo.
“So to be honest the locals probably gave him the welcome he probably deserved.
“I would say this to the Prime Minister today: the nation wants you to open up the cheque book and obviously help people rebuild their lives.”