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Albanese takes aim at Morrison over shortage of rapid antigen tests
Back to politics, and Daniel Hurst has brought us some more of federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese’s comments this morning.
Albanese says people are “crying out for clarity and certainty” and says the prime minister, Scott Morrison, should stop passing the buck.
Albanese used a media conference in Adelaide this morning to demand outcomes from today’s national cabinet meeting (which is due to begin at midday AEDT).
The truth is that there’s so much uncertainty out there. What we need out of today’s meeting is some clarity. Because people are anxious. People are worried, people are voting with their feet by not going out, by not going to restaurants, by not undertaking activity that they normally would in the lead-up, particularly, to New Year’s Eve. What we need from today is some national leadership that has been sorely lacking.
We need national leadership when it comes to the rollout of the booster. Too many people still can’t get an appointment for their booster. The prime minister needs to explain why it is that it’s four months in between the second shot and the booster shot in a week’s time, but that is reduced to three months down the track at the end of January. Is that just because of capacity constraints?
Albanese called for certainty regarding the rollout of boosters to people in aged and disability care. He also took aim at Morrison over shortages of rapid antigen tests:
What we’ve seen is state government step up into the void, like the Andrews government, because of the failure of leadership from the Morrison government. Once again, Scott Morrison yesterday, when he appeared at a media conference, spoke about it not being his job. Well, it is his job, and he should do it. As prime minister of the country, we need certainty when it comes to the testing regimes as well and certainty when it comes to the need for isolation. That is what business is crying out for, clarity and certainty. And that is what the population is crying out for as well. But from a prime minister, who’s always playing catch up, always waits until an issue becomes a crisis before there’s any movement whatsoever, and then always is looking for someone else to blame.
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