Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to criticise the Prime Minister for attending an NRL match amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Scott Morrison was photographed within the stands at yesterday’s recreation between his beloved Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers.
On Friday, the Prime Minister introduced he would attempt to take a brief break along with his household, however would stay in cost.
“As you already know, it’s the faculty holidays, and Jenny and the ladies might be taking a while on the outskirts of Sydney,” he informed reporters.
“Given the altering vital scenario we’ve got in Victoria, I cannot be becoming a member of (the household) for that full time.
“We now have expertise the place I could be with them and proceed to take briefings, calls and conferences.
“As a dad, I’ll take a while if I can get it throughout that interval … however on the identical time I can guarantee you, we’ll stay completely centered on the issues we have to deal with.”
At right now’s coronavirus media briefing, the place he reported 273 new cases of the virus, Mr Andrews disregarded two questions on Mr Morrison’s choices to take break day, and to attend the soccer.
The Premier mentioned he had “higher issues to fret about”.
“What do you make of the Prime Minister‘s choice to take a while off to spend time along with his personal youngsters?” a reporter requested.
“I used to be requested comparable questions throughout the summer season. I wouldn’t begrudge anybody taking break day with their household. I don’t assume that’s an unreasonable factor,” Mr Andrews mentioned, alluding to Mr Morrison’s trip to Hawaii during the bushfire crisis.
“And earlier than you give me the footy query, I’ve received higher issues to fret about than who went to the footy in New South Wales.”
“Do you could have something to say in regards to the Prime Minister?” one other journalist pressed in direction of the tip of the press convention.
“I’m centered on what I must be centered on, and I’ve answered the query,” Mr Andrews responded.
“Simply as again throughout the summer season, I’m not going to chip a bloke for spending a while along with his household.
“As for who goes to the footy in different states, I don’t have something to say about that. Nothing is gained by me providing gratuitous opinions on that.”
Mr Morrison drew heavy criticism over his choice to jet off to Hawaii throughout the bushfires. He has, nevertheless, been working tirelessly for months to deal with the pandemic.
Some personalities on social media, together with Labor MP Josh Burns, have nonetheless criticised his choice to take a break now.
Others have defended the Prime Minister.
“World Pandemic that lasts for months. Opens up the restrictions and helps the sporting trade. What would you like him to do?” one particular person wrote.
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