Furious Cobargo residents explode at visiting Scott Morrison after their town was destroyed by bushfires

How many Cobargo residents exploded and what were their politics is not mentioned.  One would think it obvious that the fires were not the PM's fault and that he could do nothing to stop them.

But clearly, some people have been taken in by the Greenie propaganda that the fires are due to global warming and that it just takes a law to stop global warming

Residents of a town devastated by bushfires have abused visiting Prime Minister Scott Morrison, forcing him to cut short a meet and greet with locals.

Cobargo, on the New South Wales South Coast, is one of the areas worst hit by Australia's bushfire crisis, which has killed 18 people, razed 1,298 homes and destroyed more than 3.6million hectares of land.

The small town lost its entire main street, a beloved father and son were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed as the fire front swept through on New Year's Eve.

Mr Morrison travelled to Cobargo on Thursday to meet with residents who had lost everything - but the visit soon turned ugly.

He was told he 'should be ashamed of himself' while others called him 'Scum-mo' for 'leaving the country to burn'.

One local refused to shake his hand until the PM offered more support to volunteer firefighters. 'I'm only shaking your hand if you give more funding to our RFS,' the woman said.

Instead, Mr Morrison picked up her hand and shook it himself, before turning his back on her mid-sentence and moving on to another person.

'So many people have lost their homes,' the woman said while holding back tears. She was consoled by another man as the PM walked away. She shouted after him saying: 'We need more help.'

Footage of the incident was described as 'disturbing' on social media.

'What is most disturbing about this extraordinary video is our PM forcing a young, clearly distressed woman to shake his hand followed by another male putting his arms around her telling her to ''shush'',' one woman wrote.

'Proud of people in Cobargo for speaking their mind on how they've been treated! What does ScoMo do? Walk away from real people with real issues affecting them now. Disgusting.'

'I can understand him leaving when the men got aggressive but I can't believe he walked away from the woman pleading for help,' another added.

Another woman from the town, who brought her pet goat along to the meeting, told Mr Morrison the small town was 'forgotten' during the crisis.

'This is not fair,' she shouted. 'We are totally forgotten down here. Every single time this area gets a flood or a fire we get nothing.'

'If we lived in Sydney or on the North Coast we would be flooded with donations and emergency relief.'

The PM didn't find any additional support with the rest of the crowd which had gathered on Thursday.

Another shouted: 'You won't be getting any votes down here buddy. Who votes Liberal around here? Nobody.' 'You control the funding, and we were forgotten,' a woman added.  'Go on, p*ss off.'

Shortly after arriving, the PM made a beeline back to his car and was driven away by his security team, looking slightly downtrodden as he left the hecklers behind.

Even as he left, furious residents continued to shout at his car, calling him names and asking why his home of Kirribilli wouldn't burn down. 'Go home to Kirribilli. Why won't that burn down after the fireworks?' another local yelled.

In an area where four people perished in a ferocious fire, Steve Shipton's eyes were burning as he tried to save his home. 'I thought I was a goner,' the Coolagolite cattle farmer told AAP.  'The heat was horrendous. My eyes... I couldn't see 20 feet last night.'

Mr Shipton thought he was fine to protect his home after getting his wife and kids inside and his stock out to a dirt clearing.

'It all happened so quick,' the 46-year-old said, soot still covering his face. 'I stayed out. I suppose I shouldn't have but it just happened so fast.

'It's just unbelievable. The ferocity and how quick.... That's what shocked me and that's why I thought we were in a good situation to survive,' he said.

The dairy-turned-beef farmer estimates he lost about a tenth of his 250-odd head of cattle, including his favourite dairy cow

Most of the cattle had been where Mr Shipton thought would be safe - on dirt with a feed rack - but the animals 'obviously panicked'.

A vet on Wednesday assessed which would survive and which needed to be euthanised, leaving Mr Shipton with the grim task of carrying out a mass mercy killing.

'There are some in there badly scorched,' Mr Shipton said. 'He'll know better than me what can survive and what can't because I've never been through this scenario. 'You don't want them to suffer.'

Mr Morrison later told the ABC he wasn't 'surprised people are feeling very raw at the moment. 'And, that's why I came today, to be here, to see it for myself; offer what comfort I could.

'But you can't always in every circumstance, I think everyone understands that,' he said.

The disastrous visit comes as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a week long state of emergency ahead of Saturday's predicted catastrophic conditions.


1 comment:

  1. We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of themJanuary 6, 2020 at 2:01 AM

    "I've got to be honest with you, this isn't a bushfire, it's an atomic bomb".

    - New South Wales Transport Minister and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance


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