Hollow the leader with a mountain to climb: PM's challenge is beyond urgent

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Perspective: You only get one chance to make a first impression. The Prime Minister, for much of Australia, blew his, writes Peter Hartcher

He wasn't around to meet Scott Morrison, but the 19th-century French democrat Alexandre Ledru-Rollin captured his early prime ministerial style: ''There go the people – I must follow them, for I am their leader."

Since then, he has worked hard to get active. The fire-fighting effort in which he was previously uninterested he has now designated as worthy of a full parliamentary day of tribute. Morrison has announced that the volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, many of whom felt overlooked by their federal government, are now to get medals.

Australia has had an enormous infusion of renewable energy investment under way, but it has stalled. Large-scale renewable energy investment has halved, from $10.7 billion in 2018 to $4.5 billion last year, according to the Clean Energy Council."The renewable energy industry no longer needs subsidies," the council's chief executive, Kane Thornton says, "but investors need some level of certainty.

Well, everyone in Australia knows Morrison now. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Morrison, for much of Australia, blew his.


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ScottyFromMarketting is all spin and lies. How can you lead ScottMorrisonMP, when you can't tell the truth?

Let's see... the loserLeft lies about the PM and it's HIS fault? You people are so deep in your self-made sewer... ContemptibleButThenIKnewThat

When the people vote for conservatives, globalists and Green Left throw tantrums. Peter Hartcher doing what Peter Hartcher always does!

Hes a globalist ...he is selling the whole country out to China. If he supported Australia then he would have taken a holiday here instead of Hawaii. We need a nationalist like Trump to take the country back ! We need a leader who will look after our environment, and MAGA

Scomo did what he knows best i.e doing what his Politicsl donors want!!

He has chosen the easy 'spin path' instead of the much harder 'leadership path' on all the important issues he has had to face. A typical marketing man.

He blew his first, second, third, fourth, etc. chances. All of them. And the fires are still burning! ScottyFromMarketting ScottMorrisonMP ScottMorrison

Great piece by Peter Hartcher auspol auspol2020 spol2020 ScottyFromMarketting ScottyFromSportsRorts The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot -quite appropriate for this mob, eh?

Scomo will never learn. Yesterday he announced yet another fossil fuel package. Increased inter connector capacity between NSW and Queensland will get more coal power from Matt Canavan's beloved coal plants. And Gladys assists with more CSG and/or an LNG import terminal

Yup, his slippers are soaking and still he smiles. A very scrambled space going on up there.

A beautifully written, non biased piece....🤮

Peter Hartcher is still throwing his toys out of the cot because Labor didn’t win 😂

He's no leader, as per the quote. We are leading him, he only seeks to punish wherever possible. Imagine the lies he tells his daughters. All will out. We need to get this inadequate human being off the Government teat permanently. May be Howcroft can take him on as an intern?

Morrison’s narcissistic greed & arrogance vs “Shane Fitzsimmons, who has impressed millions with his tirelessness, selflessness, steadiness.” ScottyfromMarketing What a completely inept fool and embarrassment of a leader scomoresign

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