Would You Shake The Prime Minister's Hand?


This week the Prime Minister has been visiting towns destroyed by bushfires in New South Wales and Victoria, trying to restore residents trust in the government. Multiple firefighters and locals have refused to shake the PM’s hand, Scott Morrison even lifted one lady’s hand to encourage a handshake. LiveTribers, given everything that’s happened recently, would you shake the Prime Minister’s hand? Is it disrespectful to refuse?

Posted by on 03 Jan 2020

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    donnie

    No i wouldn't

    Posted by donnie on 17 Jan 2020

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    donnie

    No i would walk away from him

    Posted by donnie on 17 Jan 2020

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    Olivia

    No, Why would you want to shake hands with someone that is done nothing to help what so ever expect give ONE bag of food. Like did he honestly think one bag was going to make up for him leaving to go to Hawaii for a holiday whilst our country is burning and in serious need of help. I don’t expect him to grab a hose and put the fires out himself but maybe giving food and water to all that need it. Supply food and water for the animals in need. He needs to understand climate change is a real life problem and that it is happening right now!! So no I would not want to shake his hand

    Posted by Olivia on 14 Jan 2020

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    ellybee007

    Really? Why would I want to shake the hand of someone who obviously doesn't believe that climate change is happening, and what's more he doesn't even care about the people? And all the while he's walking around with a smirk on his face! How condescending is that? Wake up and smell the roses ScoMo! Whether you like it or not, our climate is changing, and definitely not for the better! Do something about it now, not tomorrow or next year (or even the next decade). By then it will be too late!

    Posted by ellybee007 on 14 Jan 2020

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    Alessandra

    Hi everyone! Ally here from LiveTribe. As you would have noticed over the weekend there was one member making rude, racist and offensive remarks here on the forum. While we encourage our members to discuss topics, this behaviour will not be tolerated. Thank you to everyone who flagged these comments!

    Posted by Alessandra on 13 Jan 2020

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    kirsty

    No I wouldn't shake his hand.His party is greedy don't care about any of us and have taken cut mounds of funding all over.They need to go.

    Posted by kirsty on 13 Jan 2020

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    Michele

    Last time I looked we all receive and take holidays with our family, he can only do this when Parliament is not sitting, so why all the fuss about this. If you listen to the fire fighters there is a tremendous fuel load that is causing these fires to continue, and a lot of this was caused by not backburning. Aboriginals will tell you that Australia has burned like this for as long as they have been sharing their stories. This rejuvenates the plants and trees. Instead of everyone protesting that it is climate change, how about some of these protestors actually go to university and work out solutions instead of clogging up streets and abusing people. Scientists will admit that they cannot pinpoint this to climate change. If they want to make a difference work together and find a solution.

    Posted by Michele on 13 Jan 2020

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    caketopper

    Yes I would, he still does something for our country but I will straightaway inform him of my concerns. If you're visiting affected areas or meeting the locals/firefighters please at least bring them food and water!

    Posted by caketopper on 13 Jan 2020

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    Kim

    Yes i would,Would like a quick chat with her.

    Posted by Kim on 12 Jan 2020

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    eric

    Yes I would. So what that he was away on a holiday for a week before Christmas. The bushfires have been burning since last August to my memory. Each state has their own RFS or equivalent to monitor, control and direct fire fighting efforts with many thousands of staff both salaried & volunteers with multi tiered arrangements to cover state/regions/towns. The Federal Govt has very little input into this except to fund what is requested and to offer ADF assistance. The PM should & must delegate the day to day detail to the Federal Minister concerned and to the State Gov Premier and ministers. Scott Morrison is not Superman or any other super hero - he is not going to put out the fires by himself, only rain will do that. I would shake his hand and ask these people who have refused to, what the hell did you want him to do. In 2009 there were 173 people killed in bushfires and 2100 homes destroyed. Was the same anger directed towards Kevin Rudd??? So far this year there have sadly been 25 people lost and 2000 homes, a lot less people than 2009 but the PM has been personally blamed for all of them. In 1974/75 over 117 million hectares were burnt out in fires nationally. To date this season there has been 8.4 million hectares burnt which puts a lot of the hysteria into perspective. The PM has acted swiftly to offer funding for restoration work, mental health support and has come dangerously close to infringing the Constitution by calling out the Army Reserve for domestic reasons (helping the fire fighting efforts) and not for conflict. Look at the 3 things that have caused these catastrophic fires 1. Drought....Australia is the driest nation on earth and this has nothing to do with climate change. 2. The extremely hot days with very strong winds 3. The huge fuel load on forest floors caused by Green Councils and activists preventing controlled burning in cooler months. ( Gippsland protestors in Sept 19 protesting about controlled burning seem to have melted into the background after the fires in their region last week.) Yes I would shake his hand and tell him to keep on with the good job he is doing.

    Posted by eric on 12 Jan 2020

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    Raelene

    Reads like a political advisers comment to me

    Posted by Raelene on 13 Jan 2020

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    Suzanne

    People are shocked and devastated Morrison is there to look good not at all experience d fires then in his defence what else am he do

    Posted by Suzanne on 12 Jan 2020

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    John

    Yes out of good manners Remembering he’s the ring leader of the circus and has clowns working for him And a lot of the problems he inherited I’d tell him he needs to get his shit sorted and pull his finger out Before he totally fucks it up and we have a labour and green government

    Posted by John on 12 Jan 2020

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    Danuta

    I wouldn't because I'm upset that he was away during this traumatic time and then just walks in like he fought the fires himself he also had no right to force anyone to shake his hand that person was in shock and angry that they lost everything and the pm was enjoying himself in Hawaii not good

    Posted by Danuta on 12 Jan 2020

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    marli

    It is absolutely RUDE to not shake a hand offered in friendship. Mr Morrison has taken too much muck recently, which he doesn't deserve. Treat the man with respect. There are other politicians whose hands I would not want to shake without wearing a rubber glove at the time.

    Posted by marli on 12 Jan 2020

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    8181

    Why do you favour some people who only care about money more than others?

    Posted by 8181 on 12 Jan 2020

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    Lael

    Absolutely. He’s received so much backlash and he deserves to be treated well, despite the current situation.

    Posted by Lael on 12 Jan 2020

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    mixkc

    Yes, I absolutely would. He's trying to do a very difficult job and every tiny thing becomes the subject of scrutiny & criticism. It is extremely rude & disrespectful to refuse!

    Posted by mixkc on 12 Jan 2020

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    Wayne

    I only shake friends hands.

    Posted by Wayne on 12 Jan 2020

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    Norshahanira

    Yes

    Posted by Norshahanira on 12 Jan 2020

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    Antonius

    Yes I would. It's respect for the position

    Posted by Antonius on 11 Jan 2020

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    debken

    Absolutely I would-as a person not whether prime minister or not. Rude and illbred people.

    Posted by debken on 11 Jan 2020

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    Rushi

    RUSHI YES I WOULD AS HE IS A LEADER AND PRIME MINISTER OF COUNTRY AND DOING SOME SUPPORTIVE FOR BUSHFIRES STOP MEASURES

    Posted by Rushi on 11 Jan 2020

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    lauretta

    Yes I would, it cant be easy leading a country through a crisis, if all those people that wouldn't shake his hand were prime minister how would they feel???

    Posted by lauretta on 11 Jan 2020

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    8181

    Wouldn't have made the same decisions that led to the problem?

    Posted by 8181 on 12 Jan 2020

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    Spiderwoman

    NO!

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 11 Jan 2020

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    Deborah

    absolutely not!

    Posted by Deborah on 11 Jan 2020

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    Karen

    no I would not shake Australias prime minister's hand bcos they did not listen to the aborigines plea to back burn to prevent the losses that have occured

    Posted by Karen on 11 Jan 2020

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    Ulysses

    OMG, that's been going on for years, and the Aborigines are right. It's not confined to this prime minister. It's the do gooder greens that are most at fault.

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Jan 2020

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    assegaai

    Absolutely but I wouldn't spit on Shorten

    Posted by assegaai on 11 Jan 2020

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    8181

    Scott doesn't care about you at all. Only what you offer him. History has shown this isn't good.

    Posted by 8181 on 12 Jan 2020

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    jodie737

    Simple. No. I wouldn’t have BEFORE the fires.

    Posted by jodie737 on 11 Jan 2020

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    Ewiee

    No way!! This guy is a conman, the more he fakes it the more evident it becomes.

    Posted by Ewiee on 11 Jan 2020

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    DJC

    No. He is a terribly arrogant man and thinks only of himself and his rich friends.

    Posted by DJC on 11 Jan 2020

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    Crabby

    No - the man is a prat!

    Posted by Crabby on 11 Jan 2020

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    Karen

    Afraid not!. He maybe a pentecostal preacher/follower however i do not believe one word that comes out of his ill advised mouth. Self centred, far more arrogant than Kevin Rudd. He has put a stop on transparency. This is the worst Government in living history.

    Posted by Karen on 11 Jan 2020

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    Ulysses

    You obviously didn't experience the Whitlam era.

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Jan 2020

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    Casz

    I wouldnt hand his hand he has taken to long to help us australian and help his own country

    Posted by Casz on 11 Jan 2020

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    Dean

    Only.if he lifs his game

    Posted by Dean on 11 Jan 2020

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    Brainz

    I wouldn't shske her hand nut give her a great big hug fordealing with the mess left behind.

    Posted by Brainz on 11 Jan 2020

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    Annie

    Yes and congratulation for a job in extremely difficult circumstances

    Posted by Annie on 11 Jan 2020

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    lisa170

    No. And if he touched me to try to make me shake his hand he'd be met with a solid punch in the face. I'd just turn my back on him and walk away.

    Posted by lisa170 on 11 Jan 2020

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    Annie

    Just like the catholic pope eh?

    Posted by Annie on 11 Jan 2020

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    Godfrey

    No. Nothing to do with the bush fires. Also if I did not offer my hand for a handshake and the Prime Minister grabbed my hand anyway I would be most offended.

    Posted by Godfrey on 11 Jan 2020

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    Horn

    No thank you very much , he is not my kind of man !!!

    Posted by Horn on 11 Jan 2020

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    DaBungle

    I wouldn't and couldn't hide my contempt for the man. Sadly we have many uniformed voters that just back their team (on BOTH sides). I believe most peoples hearts are in right place even if their brain is biased BUT I've been finding it irksome hearing Liberal barrackers vomit inane talking points from the Murdoch media. Hearing the days Bushfire lies (eg about greenies against firefighting, arsonists not climate responsable and how the fires are no worse than previous years) get spread by people old enough to know better, no longer goes unchallenged with a polite smile. Many people died unnecessarily this season and so did my politeness when "useful idiots" speak.

    Posted by DaBungle on 11 Jan 2020

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    Deepika

    The prime minister is not entirely responsible for the bush fires. This has been building up over the years,vand the general population are also partly responsible for not taking action 30 or more years ago. As for shaking his hand, I would do it out of politeness, not because I respect him as a leader.

    Posted by Deepika on 11 Jan 2020

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    Graeme

    No, his lack of action has been deplorable, call him Slomo!!

    Posted by Graeme on 11 Jan 2020

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    webby

    No; he is a bit of a troglodyte and has no idea about climate change, and Pamela, get your facts right before you make inane ill informed comments.

    Posted by webby on 11 Jan 2020

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    Pamela

    Yes. And this issue of Climate change - they are responsible for the fires for not allow back burns in areas of the states -

    Posted by Pamela on 11 Jan 2020

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    HENNA

    Agree entirely. It is not climate change. If you live on the land you will know that no back burning has occurred. So much for the greenies. The prime minister has people like the fire warden who should be making sure this happens. Give him a go. And Yes I would shake his hand.

    Posted by HENNA on 11 Jan 2020

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    azizamarlee

    i requested freedom of information for bac burning for the last 10 years. Every year in nsw we have exceeded the recommended backburning by far. maybe you should check out the facts

    Posted by azizamarlee on 11 Jan 2020

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    Doreen

    Yes he’s doing a good job

    Posted by Doreen on 11 Jan 2020

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    Jean

    Yes, I would shake his hand. He is not a god. He ‘s a human being who, like any politician, will never please all the people all of the time. No one deserves to be spoken to the way he was on that day in Cobargo but, as the man at the top, he copped it and did so in a dignified way. Thankfully, he brings a measured and reasonable approach to most of what he does.

    Posted by Jean on 11 Jan 2020

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    LIFESGOOD

    Don't get me wrong I have absolutely no respect for this man. As far as I am concerned he is ruining our wonderful country. However, he is caught between a rock and a hard plate at the moment. Disasters, threats of war, etc at a time of year when we are usually celebrating with our friends and family and yes taking holidays. I would shake his hand. I wouldn't feel happy about it and there would be little reward except that I treated him civilly.

    Posted by LIFESGOOD on 11 Jan 2020

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    dodger37

    same feeling here, I would shake his hand out of politeness and social convention, not because I have any respect or admiration for a guy who dare to come to the Australian Parliament with a lump of coal to state that : "coal is Australia's future" while it is coal that is destroying our planet !

    Posted by dodger37 on 11 Jan 2020

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    8181

    That's the thing. He thinks you don't have a choice but to shake his hand. See through it all please. It's not even real.

    Posted by 8181 on 12 Jan 2020

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    Gregory

    probably, its polite.

    Posted by Gregory on 11 Jan 2020

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    Ulysses

    Yes I would. I would shake anyone's hand. It's a common courtesy. That doesn't mean I can't disagree with that person. I also wonder if people realize that Scott Morrison is human??

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Jan 2020

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    musicveg

    No would never shake Scumo's hand, does not deserve respect,we do as we feel, and those who refused to shake his hand were doing as they feel and have every right to.

    Posted by musicveg on 10 Jan 2020

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    Old Man

    A hand shake has no meaning in this situation, It's more about "ME". It was a Photo shoot, Poor taste by a sad man.

    Posted by Old Man on 10 Jan 2020

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    Hirschy

    I would shake his hand. Damned if you do, damned if you dont. The states have to ask for help from the federal Gov. BLOODY STOP PLAYING POLITICS TO ALL YOU CRITICS GET OFF YOUR ASS AND HELP FIGHT THE FIRES.

    Posted by Hirschy on 10 Jan 2020

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    Nicolara

    Yes I certainly would - he is doing a great job under the circumstances and he didn't start the fires nor can he put them out. Its time we talked about vegetation management and got rid of the fuel load during winter.

    Posted by Nicolara on 10 Jan 2020

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    Nohoper

    who would these people blame if bill shorten had won the election people are playing politics with this they should grow up

    Posted by Nohoper on 10 Jan 2020

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    Paul

    No he is a arrogant cunt

    Posted by Paul on 10 Jan 2020

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    Carol

    No I wouldn’t shake his hand. He should not be prime minister. He’s weak & only cares for the business sector.

    Posted by Carol on 10 Jan 2020

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    Peter

    respect the office, if not the man

    Posted by Peter on 10 Jan 2020

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    Neil

    Yes, he has had poor advice, but he is applying significant resources to the fires

    Posted by Neil on 10 Jan 2020

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    derek

    wouldn't shake ANY politicians hand!!!!

    Posted by derek on 10 Jan 2020

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    Marco

    Yes ,of course.

    Posted by Marco on 10 Jan 2020

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    Marco

    Yes ,of course.

    Posted by Marco on 10 Jan 2020

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    Mel

    Yes, he is the Prime Minister and I was taught respect no matter what your beliefs are. I think he has a tough job and everyone makes mistakes.... hopefully he learns from them!

    Posted by Mel on 10 Jan 2020

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    Georgina

    I would shake his hand. It's disrespect ful when he offers.

    Posted by Georgina on 10 Jan 2020

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    Gary

    Respect is earned, not required. He has done nothing to deserve respect, why should I shake his hand?

    Posted by Gary on 10 Jan 2020

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    dih

    Perhaps you should try doing his job for a week or two Gary, he deserves respect for simply trying his best or would you prefer the country to be in shambles as it was withTurnbull, Gillard and Rudd's pathetic attempts to lead the country. Morrison is not God - he has a lot of damage to undo, hopefully he will take advice from "more guts than glory John Howard" - the best Prime Minister we ever had - almost had Australia back to Australia.

    Posted by dih on 10 Jan 2020

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    musicveg

    You have got to be joking, John Howard ruined Australia! Only did one good thing was the gun buy back after Port Arthur massacre. The best we ever had was Bob Hawke, set up Land care, protected the Antarctic from mining and we had the best economy during his time.

    Posted by musicveg on 10 Jan 2020

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    dih

    Have to agree Bob Hawke was the best Labour Prime Minister we ever had - he really did some great stuff - everybody should love Australia the way Bob did but I don't agree John Howard ruined Australia, I think he was a totally different type of leader to Bob Hawke - he wore his heart on his sleeve, Howard kept his cards close to his chest and Australia was a very different country when Hawke was in power - we didn't have to worry about being bombed, terrorism or the Australian way of life being totally destroyed, now we do.

    Posted by dih on 11 Jan 2020

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    Brian

    Yes - I have to respect the person as Prime Minister of Australia - he is trying his hardest

    Posted by Brian on 10 Jan 2020

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    Andrew

    of course I would, to not do so shows a total lack of respect

    Posted by Andrew on 10 Jan 2020

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    Marivig

    No, he is a complete idiot, no idea what to do while the country is in crisis

    Posted by Marivig on 10 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    And you are so smart and better equipped - what would you do? you can't be that idiotic to end up in a position as a PM - no matter what - and they are only human - every stop has been pulled out to help in this time of need - armed forces deployed - funding - none of these things happen with a blink of an eye - YOU are the idiot demonstrated by what you have said

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

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    Sammyflo

    You r an idiot

    Posted by Sammyflo on 10 Jan 2020

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    Raylene

    no.he left the country to go on a family holiday when other people are doing it tough e.g farmers, firefighters and families, almost as if he is above the rest of australians.during this time australia needed leadership.

    Posted by Raylene on 10 Jan 2020

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    dazuma

    Absolutely! He is doing a great job despite the sniping from the usual dimwits.

    Posted by dazuma on 10 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    They deserve a word stronger than dimwits - but a good description for non thinking poople who probably think everything just happens like on their tv screens. I would ask them what are they doing to help.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

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    8181

    Many are donating for one. You seem really bitter with the name calling and assumptions, completely immersed in imaginary ideological warfare.

    Posted by 8181 on 10 Jan 2020

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    Dang

    It is disrespectful to refuse His handshake .its manners and it really his fault for our current tragidy. He is human. However under such horrific circumstances who knows how you would instantly react or use him as yr punching bag.

    Posted by Dang on 10 Jan 2020

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    BeesKnees

    No I would not shake his hand...As far as I'm concerned he and all politicians of all the different parties just don't live in an ordinary Australian life...so they have no idea. Very disappointed in all our politicians.

    Posted by BeesKnees on 10 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    Yeah and lets all go and be as rude as you are - to not shake the PM's hand - childish behaviour and demonstrates total lack of respect.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

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    Ralph

    Yes I would and then put my point across in a respectful way,

    Posted by Ralph on 10 Jan 2020

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    FijiCharlie

    I would love to shake hands with our present Prime Minister who has been so misaligned through ignorance. City people have no idea what it is like to go through a bush fire (a natural event in Australia if you are not already aware! ! !). Get off your couches and do something positive . . .

    Posted by FijiCharlie on 10 Jan 2020

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    Linda

    no I wouldn't he took way .to long to do anything

    Posted by Linda on 10 Jan 2020

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    Kilrust

    Only if he offered his hand because I am not one to be rude but I wouldn't go out of my way to even see him. I think his leadership is very questionable....maybe he should go to NZ on a fact finding mission and learn from their Prime Minister. She has worked her butt ok not only with what has happened in her country but it rotating 150 firefighters since before Christmas to help us. Why did it take so long to enact help from our armed forces whom we pay for through our taxes and maybe things might have been a lot different

    Posted by Kilrust on 10 Jan 2020

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    Raelene

    Agree completely when comparing him to the NZ prime minister such dignity in the face of a catastrophic event. One should also recall Anna Bligh who during the QLD floods was as dignified and there at the coal face.One must respect the office of the prime minister. Would l shake his hand cannot really say, l expect if l had lost everything l would find it difficult to do. Despite being raised to respect others l do not think that l can extend this respect to him.

    Posted by Raelene on 13 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    And how quick would you be to deploy armed forces - with supplies, manpower, equipment, fuel, food and rostering - YOU have no idea what it is like to have deploy a supermarket trolley full of food let alone a whole army to various places in catastrophic fire conditions. Australian landscape covers a much vaster area than little NZ - most likely not all the personnel were closeby - they could have been on operations somewhere else - how would you know? If you did shake the PM hand you might be able to ask how this all comes together - a HUGE JOB to put together. Someone else put it right - DIMWIT - fits the description of such non thinking comments.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

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    Larry

    No way he should resign now

    Posted by Larry on 09 Jan 2020

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    Bharpur

    Yes. Yes it is disrespectful and lacks common courtesy. You can always give him your views and constructive ones at that and hope some of your advice will sink into their brains!

    Posted by Bharpur on 09 Jan 2020

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    Warwick

    Yes the only people that are against this is labour supporters as they still can’t get over the last election just like the democrats in the USA cant

    Posted by Warwick on 09 Jan 2020

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    coaster

    What a lot of rot. These are people who were hurting and he was after photo shoots and playing politics. There were a few of the top Liberal ministers missing and everyone is fed up with these politicians - labor, greens, liberal, etc. being so far removed from the people. Respect for his position is not a given but an earned right. As for bringing in USA politics - WHY???

    Posted by coaster on 10 Jan 2020

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    dih

    Notably Sara Hansen Young who shed more tears and led the protest for the Greenies to "save the environment" in Gippsland - the very place where most lives and houses were lost - hope she is burying her head in shame surrounded by "environmentally friendly" paperwork in her office.

    Posted by dih on 10 Jan 2020

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    coaster

    Always has the tears ready whenever the camera is on her.

    Posted by coaster on 15 Jan 2020

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    Divine dizzie

    Prime minister Scott Morrison behaved abhorrently taking a young pregnant woman’s hand simply to get a promo photo. I find him totally inept. No I would not want to shake his hand.

    Posted by Divine dizzie on 09 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    Maybe being inept socially constitutes some criminal offence to you - not everyone is confident in these situations - that doesn't mean he is not doing his job. But it seems that many people on this commentary think PM's should be actors too like on TV - their lives are lived on their TV's through the phoney nonsense they watch and what is presented by commercial tv stations.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

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    8181

    They pretty much are actors.

    Posted by 8181 on 10 Jan 2020

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    JN

    Yes I'd shake his hand. While I'm disappointed with his leadership in a crisis, while anger is being directed at him, it isn't addressing the real problems that led to this situation.

    Posted by JN on 09 Jan 2020

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    John

    No way. He only came out of his hole when the heat was on.

    Posted by John on 09 Jan 2020

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    cat066

    Yes i would, everyone is hamming him. But what about the emergency services minister. I feel he is worse.

    Posted by cat066 on 09 Jan 2020

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    Jannette

    All I will say is his human like all of us,I wont judge him.Yes i will shake his hand and be polite.His doing his work,leadership , being a father and husband.

    Posted by Jannette on 09 Jan 2020

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    kay123

    Yes I would shake Prime Minister Morrison's hand. He is doing the best he can.

    Posted by kay123 on 09 Jan 2020

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    william

    absolutely not this bloke is as low as any politician has ever been

    Posted by william on 09 Jan 2020

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    David

    Yes I would sincerely shake Scott Morrison’s hand for doing a great job.

    Posted by David on 09 Jan 2020

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    algemyone

    I would not shake Trump's hand, either. How can you respect the rank or a position of power when the person holding it (too many in the past few years) is a total dickhead with no ethics? He shames the position and that is enough reason to not respect it while he is in it. Why did the Libs make him PM anyway? Was it a Jim Hacker choice (the least harmful of a bad lot)?

    Posted by algemyone on 09 Jan 2020

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    gordy3

    Would be honored

    Posted by gordy3 on 09 Jan 2020

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    stretchly

    yes if it was offered as for personal issues there shall always be debate and dislike we are talking a form of respect in the question

    Posted by stretchly on 09 Jan 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    And common decency toward another human being.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 10 Jan 2020

  • [2] [1]
    8181

    Keep ignoring the blatant PR stunt at the expense of a burnt out community. What do you gain from protecting Morrison? He doesn't care about you at all, only what he can gain from you.

    Posted by 8181 on 10 Jan 2020

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    IKBrunel

    I could try but his hand would probably slip off or more likely just vanish.

    Posted by IKBrunel on 09 Jan 2020

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    J94

    Fuck no, these fires are going to be another scar for Australia.....just like when they leased the aboriginals land for 50 years like what the fuck you dickheads no wonder why there are riots all the time?......all the government cares about is money and we are a country that is supposed to be a nation that helps people under the union and they are not fulfilling there duty. They’d rather sell our water to China and kill our people, there hard earned homes, our animals, and there homes; they probably put the flames there too to build shit for businesses and fuck up our beautiful bush land and wonderful environment. We the people look after our land and know nature is the boss. The aboriginals have taught Australian people that. The government is the money hungry bastards that can’t give up there positions of power and that don’t give a shit and blame us for being “ignorant”. We can’t do shit! We don’t even have shit to create mass disasters, how is climate change and all that shit our fault? It’s your stupid businesses that strips the land of its nutritions and beauty. If I got the chance, I would treat him with the worst form of disrespect and spit in the cunts face with my slimey green spit

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    pearly

    LUIGI If his hand was tended to me I would but I certainly would not seek to shake his hand . He should never simply have slipped out of the country .Cheers from Pearly

    Posted by pearly on 09 Jan 2020

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    Stacka

    Yes, but before I did I’d say “Prime Minster, I’d only want to shake your hand if you were willing to outline your plans to begin mitigating further Bushfire disasters in the future. I’m not willing to be a simple photo shot opportunity to enhance your profile.

    Posted by Stacka on 09 Jan 2020

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    Karen

    Also..i lost my home a year ago to bushfires...so i know how these people feel only too well

    Posted by Karen on 09 Jan 2020

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    Karen

    Not a chance... hes smarmy with a smartarse smile that looks like hes taking the mickey out of others. He looks as if our problems amuse him

    Posted by Karen on 09 Jan 2020

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    Chris

    Of course I would, he is doing the right thing, it's just the people standing on the side that all know better. At least he is doing better than any labour government would ever do.

    Posted by Chris on 09 Jan 2020

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    J94

    Your a fucking dumb cunt. Obviously u don’t know your rights hahahahah faggot

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    8181

    Mate, you're acting just as the people you despise want you to. They love nothing more than making an example of people who carry on like you. It's doing yourself and cause no favours. Better to keep it civil and thoughtful.

    Posted by 8181 on 10 Jan 2020

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    dih

    Obviously a white fella with a drop of indigenous blood in him - screaming for rights that the real indigenous are entitled to, wonder if you volunteered to fight any bushfires.

    Posted by dih on 10 Jan 2020

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    J94

    You’d probably lick his asshole for $1

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

  • [1] [2]
    dih

    Oh how sick to death I am of hearing about "your rights", everyone has a right to their own opinion without being hammered with filthy language which simply indicates how uneducated AKA dumb you are because you just respond with abuse. Nobody has to agree with what others say, if you want to "kick butt" do it ethically - I assume from your comments you are a Greenie, believe in climate change, receive Centrelink benefits, live in Government housing, reap all the benefits from the Government then bag the hand that feeds and clothes you. Grow up!!

    Posted by dih on 10 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Stacka

    Imo opinion, this is not the time to bring politics into the equation. You are also assuming. What do they say about making assumptions?

    Posted by Stacka on 09 Jan 2020

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    Jolamb

    No I wouldn't. He is not a leader and definitely not a people person.

    Posted by Jolamb on 09 Jan 2020

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    angrymum

    No, fires have been going for three months and he's just starting to recognise what's going on.

    Posted by angrymum on 09 Jan 2020

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    Gemma

    No way! I thought more of him to start with but he’s recent actions have proved me wrong. He needs the boot.

    Posted by Gemma on 09 Jan 2020

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    michelle

    he can get fucked tony abbot should be in his place

    Posted by michelle on 09 Jan 2020

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    wagait

    No, he failed to respond to a national catastrophe and ignored expert advice that could have alleviated a lot of pain and suffering.

    Posted by wagait on 09 Jan 2020

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    ibby

    Yes i would, he may have taken his children on holiday which is what most parents want to do and since he's got back i feel he doing good things.

    Posted by ibby on 09 Jan 2020

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    J94

    He’s a leader.......his choice to have kids but he is a leader. Tough luck but help ain’t a 9 to 5 job loser

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    michelle

    he just forgot the death toll on the bushfires he is a shitty prime minister

    Posted by michelle on 09 Jan 2020

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    Andrew

    He is the current PM of Australia yes I would, it is not about the person it is about respecting our won country and the system we have.

    Posted by Andrew on 09 Jan 2020

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    J94

    Yeah and Chris Brown is rich and is a great singer but he’s not a good role model .....don’t see me following him. Stupid shit

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    Brendan

    Yes i would

    Posted by Brendan on 09 Jan 2020

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    Joseph

    If you earnestly believe that the person offering their hand is disingenuous then most assuredly it is very appropriate (and not disrespectful) that you do not shake their hand.

    Posted by Joseph on 09 Jan 2020

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    Brendan

    Yes i i wo uild

    Posted by Brendan on 09 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    J94

    Of course you would. You don’t even know how to spell ‘would’.

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

  • [0] [0]
    dih

    You should look back at your previous posts - there homes??, you have spelt this incorrectly many times during your tirade - now who is the dummy!!!

    Posted by dih on 10 Jan 2020

  • [0] [5]
    J94

    Your not even Australian of course you don’t know shit

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    Alliy

    No i would not, his handling of the bush fire crisis is not up to scratch. He was not respecting his fellow Australians when he went on holidays at the beginning of the crisis.

    Posted by Alliy on 08 Jan 2020

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    Eileen

    Absolutely not! He has always been an arrogant, uncaring man despite his constant claims to be a Christian. He has shown little if any care or support for our drought stricken farmers, our battling pensioners, struggling young families, the homeless, those vainly seeking work and his total behaviour over the fire. I time, fighters and volunteers is shocking the world. He has used his late appearances post the last minute secret Hawaiian Holiday just as publicity stunts which have backfired as did his turning the disaster into a political advertisement for the LNP. He shows no moral conscience whatsoever. His lies that the economy is booming has been exposed. If he gets reelected then Australia you deserve what happens in coming years.

    Posted by Eileen on 08 Jan 2020

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    Ashar

    I agree with everything you have said.

    Posted by Ashar on 10 Jan 2020

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    J94

    Your the bomb Ching Chong

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

  • [2] [1]
    Eileen

    Fire victims that should be . I was so angry when I wrote

    Posted by Eileen on 08 Jan 2020

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    JadeSimpson

    No he is bought off by fossil fuel companies not here for the people

    Posted by JadeSimpson on 08 Jan 2020

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    Linda

    No he is an arrogant person who has forgotten how the other half live.

    Posted by Linda on 08 Jan 2020

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    Nowis

    Of course. And I’d give him a friendly reminder Australians want a Climate Policy that a) seeks to minimise our footprint and b) seeks to minimise the impacts.

    Posted by Nowis on 08 Jan 2020

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    Iggy's mum

    No. He has seriously dropped the ball in this time of crisis. His choices have been wrong and it seems he has been badly advised by all members of staff. This is his Katrina moment and he has not realised it

    Posted by Iggy's mum on 08 Jan 2020

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    Yerongaboy

    Definitely yes. It would be very disrespectful to refuse. The bush fires are not the domain of the Prime Minister but lie within the responsibilities of the State Governments. Those who refused were somewhat emotionally traumatised at the time and will probably come to regret their actions. What did they expect the PM to do? Those people chose to live where they did and would've been aware of the risk from bush fire.

    Posted by Yerongaboy on 08 Jan 2020

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    J94

    Ur a fucking dickhead. I know in ur country the government doesn’t give a shit but here in Australia Did your dumb ass know Australia is under a union- which means Australia has a duty of care to the people to fulfil....how about I burn down your house coz I don’t like ur opinion. You think that’s fair? Fucking retard and so are you Oma

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    Oma

    I absolutely agree with you. Thanks for such a sensible response.

    Posted by Oma on 08 Jan 2020

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    Wayne

    No way can't stand the guy

    Posted by Wayne on 08 Jan 2020

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    ron

    No i would not shake a hand of a person who deserts his country in time of need and leadership

    Posted by ron on 08 Jan 2020

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    Glenn

    Not just one person at fault here....global warming bla bla bla....people are lighting these fires !!!!!

    Posted by Glenn on 08 Jan 2020

  • [2] [1]
    J94

    How the fuck would you know?

    Posted by J94 on 09 Jan 2020

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    Murray

    Maybe because people have been caught (and charged), and from your attitude I would say that you could be one of the angry people who could try getting away with it too.

    Posted by Murray on 10 Jan 2020

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    Gemma

    Definitely not. Personally I don’t feel he is fit for the job as Prime Minister. Initially liked him, but after recent events, my mind has changed.

    Posted by Gemma on 08 Jan 2020

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    Taylah

    No Will not shake PM hand The government needs to put taxpayers money to support bush fire victims, more resources to people who put their lives in danger fighting these horrific fires. More support for animals and livestock lost in and injured in the fires. The PM moves his family to safety, what about everybody else?

    Posted by Taylah on 08 Jan 2020

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    Yerongaboy

    You say "The PM moves his family to safety". Pardon? Millions of Australians have not been in any danger from the fires. A person living in Sydney goes overseas for a planned holiday at a time when there was no danger to persons or property in that city and you say that! So everyone from coastal NSW who went on holiday overseas or even to the Gold Coast was moving their families to safety and abandoning their neighbour? Less people have been in danger from the fires than have been directly affected.

    Posted by Yerongaboy on 08 Jan 2020

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    Aussie5

    Of course I would shake his hand. He is the Prime Minister of Australia and entitled to respect. I am sure when he left for his holiday overseas, there was no way he could have envisaged how bad the fires would get. There would have been someone acting in his place as PM. I live in one of the worst affected towns of the bushfire crisis and even I did not envisage how bad it would get until it happened. I must admit that if I met the PM now I would shake his hand, but I would have a few suggestions to make about ensuring communications are kept up to those people in danger. Living through a bushfire crisis with no landline or mobile phone, no internet and no power for days in a row is frightening. On the worst day, all I could think of was "What if I need help? How do I communicate with someone?" In the following days, I thought "What if we have a heart attack and need a doctor. How do I ring 000 or get help?" Fortunately our communications have been restored and we are lucky enough to still have our house. I even lost some weight from having the shelves of the supermarket empty and living on canned food for days. We were also lucky that the water supply kept working and the sewerage system didn't collapse. Hopefully our supermarkets will be able to restock soon. The fire fighters are absolutely wonderful and deserve every bit of praise that people are giving them. They are the bravest people I know. I am really sorry for those people who have lost everything. It will take a long time for our town to recover.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 08 Jan 2020

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    poisonivy61

    I think it is disrespectful to refuse.

    Posted by poisonivy61 on 08 Jan 2020

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    Doreen

    Yes I would be proud to shake his hand no one person can do all takes a team of people to run a country

    Posted by Doreen on 08 Jan 2020

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    gaypeter2013

    no i would not shake scott morrisons hand he has a job to do in governing our country when there is a state or states emergency with bush fires burning out of control he needs to do hes part on what needs to be done a holiday to hawaii could have waited i dont blame people for how they reacted towards scott morrison of what they thought of him not being here when he was needed sorry but i dont like scott morrison.

    Posted by gaypeter2013 on 08 Jan 2020

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    Daniel Russell Paul

    Most definitely it's kinda just good old fashioned manners I believe

    Posted by Daniel Russell Paul on 08 Jan 2020

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    Ulysses

    Yes, I would, just as I would shake Anthony Albernies's hand. Scott Morrison is human, not perfect. I think he does the best he can at the time, as we all do, and as does Anthony Albernese. ScoMo sure is heaps better than what the U.S.A. has to put up with !!!

    Posted by Ulysses on 07 Jan 2020

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    Da.

    Yes Its called respect Every story has a positive and a negative side. But when media choose to share only the negative points then thats all ppl see!!

    Posted by Da. on 07 Jan 2020

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    stormbringer1

    No

    Posted by stormbringer1 on 07 Jan 2020

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    Zoec

    Of course I would. Yes, I question why he didn’t just say to his family, “Look, guys, this is one of those times when I need to be back in Australia”, and fly home. I do believe this is a case of duty over family. But he is one of those rare men who does consider the needs of his family. He’s human, for heaven’s sake. Give him a go.

    Posted by Zoec on 07 Jan 2020

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    Heidi

    Yes I would love to

    Posted by Heidi on 07 Jan 2020

  • [3] [3]
    TrendingWare

    I will though people see him as bad but he has done well ever since

    Posted by TrendingWare on 07 Jan 2020

  • [3] [7]
    Sammyflo

    I want to spit on him

    Posted by Sammyflo on 07 Jan 2020

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    Amy

    No I have no respect for him

    Posted by Amy on 07 Jan 2020

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    Janene

    Of course, it's called respect

    Posted by Janene on 07 Jan 2020

  • [8] [1]
    Rosie765

    No. I have little respect for hi.

    Posted by Rosie765 on 07 Jan 2020

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    Thi Hien

    Yes I would shake the Prime Minister hand and at same time I'll ask him for support with more funding to our CFS.

    Posted by Thi Hien on 07 Jan 2020

  • [5] [0]
    James

    Shaking someone's hand is not necessarily a sign of approval. It all depends on the context in which the PM offered his hand.

    Posted by James on 07 Jan 2020

  • [1] [0]
    Kevin

    It would depend on what the Prime Minister was like.

    Posted by Kevin on 07 Jan 2020

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    Moby

    Yes and also pat him on the back

    Posted by Moby on 07 Jan 2020

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    Karen

    No I wouldn't haven't got anything to thank him for. Did you notice tax was a big fraud not one person who needed it got it only if you want a lit more so wasn't for the average person as said but for the richer ones again

    Posted by Karen on 07 Jan 2020

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    David

    If he deserved respect, I would, but he is soo far off the pace in the current situations, his only saving grace is there is a long while to the next election, he must hope we have short memories.

    Posted by David on 07 Jan 2020

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    judylion

    of course I would leave him alone, he is doing a good job

    Posted by judylion on 07 Jan 2020

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    Faye

    I would Absolutely shake the Prime Minister's hand

    Posted by Faye on 07 Jan 2020

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    Annie

    Yes definitely. He is doing a great job in the face of adversity. The press hate him and will do all they can to bring him down. The press should be ashamed of their lies and false news.

    Posted by Annie on 07 Jan 2020

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    Hamqan

    Yes of course I would, he is doing ok. Most of our community haven't the fist idea when it comes to running a country. Yes we all comment, yes we all have our ideas, having to deal with the situation 99% would be totally lost. People aren't perfect, stress is high, the situation is extreme, all the different departments are doing a great job, we need support of each other not division & not useless remarks. So think about what people are going through right now & how we can help not hinder.

    Posted by Hamqan on 07 Jan 2020

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    robbur

    This failed ex-advertising man also has no idea how to run a country, particularly one in crisis. What decent leader goes on a secret holiday when his country is burning?

    Posted by robbur on 07 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Ulysses

    That's funny.

    Posted by Ulysses on 07 Jan 2020

  • [8] [1]
    robbur

    This coal loving, climate change denier does not deserve his position. He just spouts platitudes and slogans and his actions (or lack of action) has put the east coast of Australia into catastrophe. It is disrespectful of him to push himself onto suffering people.

    Posted by robbur on 07 Jan 2020

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    Brian

    No he is not my prime minister

    Posted by Brian on 07 Jan 2020

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    Nowis

    Interesting comment. No respect for our form of democracy? Like it or not, he IS the PM after a legal election.

    Posted by Nowis on 08 Jan 2020

  • [1] [0]
    tpw1961

    I would shake his hand but only because I was brought up to always be polite and respectful, but Scomo is just another politician who is more interested in his own agenda than that of the needs of his country. This visit was simply a PR exercise to try to appease the public. The government needs to stop selling our country off bit by bit to overseas investors and start putting back into our country and our industries. Stop financing other countries and help our own. When we have a government at any level that truly cares and works for our country then they will earn my respect but for now it is only my upbringing that would see me even go near a politician.

    Posted by tpw1961 on 07 Jan 2020

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    Aurora

    tpw1961, I do agree with most of what you have said. But...there is one thing we are all forgetting, the Government of the day is elected by the people, therefore they work for us. It is time they realised that fact. We put them there, and come next election, we can take them out..and I don't mean to dinner! As the employers of the Government, we also deserve some respect, and our expectations that they are fit for the job in hand is not some pipe dream, it is a reality. So...Governments of all levels, Federal, State, & Local, pick up your acts.

    Posted by Aurora on 09 Jan 2020

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    MR A

    ABSOLUTELY I would shake this bloke's hand AND respect the decision of others not to do so.

    Posted by MR A on 07 Jan 2020