A fired-up young woman has slammed Anthony Albanese for taking a holiday fewer than three months after being elected as prime minister.
Mr Albanese announced last Friday he is taking leave for a holiday in Australia from August 6 to 14.
Mr Albanese defended the holiday, calling it ‘the first break I’ve had this year’ but online political commentator ‘Go Woke or Go Broke‘ from Sydney wondered why he was in need of a holiday – just 11 weeks after he was appointed prime minister.
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Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie Haydon) has been slammed for taking a holiday after spending just three months as prime minister and ‘jet-setting’ to overseas summits
‘Must be nice, Anthony Albanese is taking a holiday,’ she said.
‘How long has he been in the job, three or four months?’
‘If this was Scott Morrison there would be an uproar but because it’s untouchable Albo no one cares.’
Albanese supporters and critics battled it out in the comments below the video with some calling out the prime minister’s noticeable absence from Australia in favour of overseas summits and others saying he’s already fulfilling election promises.
Online political commentator ‘Go Woke or Go Broke’ (above) said it ‘must be nice’ for Albanese to take a holiday after just three months as prime minister
‘Well (he’s) done more in three weeks then Scomo did in nine years,’ one person wrote.
‘All the jet setting has worn him out and needs a break,’ another said.
‘Anthony Overseasie,’ another wrote.
‘Albo has been doing his job from day one, not saying, “it’s not my job”,’ another said.
During an ABC radio interview announcing his holiday, the Prime Minister said: ‘I will be on leave next week, travelling in Australia, having a bit of a break – the first break I’ve had this year.
‘And Richard Marles will be doing a great job, I’m sure, in my absence as acting Prime Minister.’
During the interview, Mr Albanese also took a chance to take a swipe at Scott Morrison’s infamous Hawaiian trip during the 2019-2020 Black Summer Bushfires.
‘People didn’t even know whether Michael McCormick was the acting prime minister and at the time wouldn’t say where he was,’ he said.
‘I just think that was a very unwise decision that added to the controversy, which was, in my view, pretty unnecessary had it been handled differently.’
Commenters under the video called Mr Albanese ‘Albanese Overseasie’ after his various trips to overseas summits
Conservative Sky News host Chris Kenny also criticised the prime minister on Monday for going on holiday within the first 100 days in the top job, claiming the prime minister had done ‘bugger all’.
‘So the question this week is where’s Albo? We don’t know. The prime minister is on holidays this week somewhere in this great land,’ he said on his program, Kenny on Media.
Mr Albanese boasted about his ‘busy first sitting fortnight’ of the 47th Parliament where he introduced a range of new legislation in line with election promises
‘Why is he on holiday? He hasn’t even been in the top job for 100 days yet.
‘Most politicians love to tell us what they’ve achieved in their first 100 days. Albanese’s got another three weeks before he gets to that milestone, and what’s he going to say?
‘He managed to squeeze in a holiday in his first 100 days as PM,’ he continued.
‘Now we’ve got a country facing an energy crisis, an inflation crisis, a looming mortgage-squeeze crisis, labour shortages, ongoing indigenous disadvantage being exacerbated the axing of alcohol bans and cashless welfare cards, and we’ve got a Prime Minister taking a holiday in his first 100 days.’
However, Mr Albanese took the chance last Friday to boast about his ‘busy first sitting fortnight’ of the 47th Parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles (above) is acting prime minister until Mr Albanese returns to work on August 14
‘Aged care reforms were made into law. We introduced legislation for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave. The Treasurer provided an important economic update,’ he tweeted.
‘We made progress on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. Our climate bill passed the House of Representatives.
‘We appointed leads for the Defence Force Posture and Structure Review. And National Cabinet came together to coordinate our response to the pandemic.’