Angered by the massive bushfires ravaging Australia, thousands of Australians took to the streets in the country’s major cities on Friday to call for the resignation of Australia’s conservative Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. They accuse him of being slow to respond to the current environmental crisis.
Australia’s death toll from fires has risen to 23, with more than 1,500 homes destroyed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. “We are facing another extremely difficult next 24 hours,” Morrison said at a televised news conference. “In recent times, particularly over the course of the balance of this week, we have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level.”
At least two people have died, five are missing, and thousands have opted for refuge on beaches due to wildfires that are devastating southeastern Australia, officials said on Tuesday. Several dozen new fire outbreaks erupted on Tuesday.
“Following the tragic death last night of a volunteer firefighter, police confirmed two deaths in Cobargo. A third person is missing,” Gladys Berijiklian, the state’s head of government, told a news conference.
Australian оffісіаlѕ have wаrnеd оf thе роtеntіаl “catastrophic” thrеаt роѕеd bу natural fіrеѕ in the ѕuburbѕ of Sуdnеу, thе соuntrу’ѕ lаrgеѕt city. Vulnеrаblе residents wеrе wаrnеd to leave thе аrеа аnd ѕееk rеfugе in ѕhорріng malls. At lеаѕt thrее people have dіеd іn Auѕtrаlіа’ѕ wildfires in recent days аnd thоuѕаndѕ have flеd their hоmеѕ. On Sundау, mоrе thаn fіvе nаturаl fіrеѕ continued іn thе two states оf Nеw Sоuth Wales and Quееnѕlаnd.
Australia confirmed on Wednesday that three of its citizens are being held in Iran. Two women with dual Australian-British citizenship and the Australian boyfriend of one of them are being held for unknown reasons. The Australian government confirms that it is taking steps to pursue the case.
Australia has said it is ready to join the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On Wednesday, August 21, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country plans to join the US-led international coalition in the Persian Gulf and protect oil tankers and merchant ships “against threats posed by Iran.”
Australians will be voting for a new Parliament, and possibly, their fourth Prime Minister in six years this weekend. Liberal incumbent Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten have been neck and neck throughout the campaign. However, Aussies don’t seem to like either one of them, with up to a quarter unable to state a preference in the polls. Yet, voting is compulsory Down Under, so they’ll have to vote for one of them.
Australians go to the polls much more often than in other Westminster democracies, at every three years. Still, the frequent changes in party and national leadership have made the country something of an international joke.