“Are you from the media? Tell the prime minister to go and get f**ked from Nelligen,” yells an exhausted firefighter out of his truck window to the TV cameras.
“Stand down now. You don’t deserve to govern. You knew this was coming. It’s been coming for a few years. You’ve been totally ignorant of it,” says another firefighter on a TV news interview as she lays bare her contempt for the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the wake of the worst fires ever sweeping the country. He’s been facing a lot of angry voices lately.
Surrounded by unprecedented fires and animal deaths that are widely predicted and attributed to the climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels, the PM nonetheless went to Hawaii for a vacation over the Christmas holiday while half of his country was in flames during the bushfire crisis.
Naturally, Street Artists have been creating works to address the issue, as well as to accuse him and others of being employees of coal companies, especially in light of his perplexing denials of any relationship between fires and those related industries.
“The suggestion that there’s any one emissions reduction policy or climate policy that has contributed directly to any of these fire events is just ridiculous,” he’s quoted in The Guardian as saying this week.