Anthony Albanese shut down a reporter over a “ridiculous” question about fears of looming bushfires in the summer.
The prime minister was asked during a news conference on Tuesday to guarantee the south coast community would not experience another ‘Black Summer’ of bushfires.
“The horrific scenes from Europe are really triggering for people on the south coast. What guarantee can you give this community that they won’t experience Black Summer this season?’ asked the reporter.
“I think the community is sane enough to know that, quite frankly, this question prompts me to defy science,” countered Mr. Albanese.
“No serious politician will claim that they will guarantee that there will never be a natural disaster.”
Mr Albanese attempted to move on to another question but was cut off by the reporter who asked him to comment on recent temperature increases.
‘What do you expect?’ they asked the now frustrated Prime Minister.
“I can’t answer that with respect… You say what will this summer be like?” Mr. Albanese replied, shaking his head.
Anthony Albanese brutally silenced a reporter after he asked if he could guarantee there would be no bushfires this summer (pictured at a Tuesday news conference).
More than two years have passed since the Black Summer of 2019/20, when terrible bushfires ravaged Australia and leveled thousands of homes.
Between June 2019 and May 2020, up to 24 million hectares of land were burned, 3000 homes were destroyed, three billion animals were killed or displaced, and 33 people were killed.
Twitter users were quick to criticize the reporter’s “ridiculous” question.
‘How bad is Australia’s media?’ In this clip, a reporter asks the Prime Minister to predict summer weather…repeat!’ said one.
“Nobody can predict it,” tweeted another.
“I like the way he looked at her like she’d thrown up all over her shirt and then respectfully answered the question anyway,” wrote a third.
Mr Albanese visited the Milton Rural Landscape Nursery on Tuesday to learn about their work to prevent natural disasters such as the Black Summer bushfires.
The Prime Minister also paid a visit to Shoalhaven to see the community recovering from the effects of the great fire a few years ago.
According to the RFS, the area averages 600 bushfires a year, of which 20 can be considered major fires that require a response from two or more fire departments.
Shoalhaven can experience significant fire activity at any time of the year, and fires in remote parts of the LGA can burn for several days.
More than two years have passed since the ‘Black Summer’ of 2019/20, when terrible bushfires ravaged Australia and burned thousands of homes to the ground (pictured).
During the “Black Summer” bushfires, Shoalhaven and the south coast of New South Wales in general were devastated by the fires. A total of 25 people have died in bushfires in NSW
During the Black Summer bushfires, Shoalhaven and the south coast of New South Wales in general were devastated by the fires.
One of the worst fires was the Currowan fire, which burned for 74 days from early December 2019 to February 8, 2020.
It wreaked havoc on the south coast between Batemans Bay to the south, Nowra to the north and east of Braidwood to the west.
The Currowan bushfire burned 499,621 hectares, destroying 312 homes and millions of native animals, but the exact number is unknown.
The NSW bushfires in 2019 burned 5.4 million hectares, destroying a total of 2,439 homes and killing 25 people.
In Queensland, fires burned 2,500,000 hectares and destroyed 48 homes.
Meanwhile, Victorian bushfires raged across 1.5 million hectares, destroying 396 homes and killing five.