Senior Liberals Dan Tehan and Angus Taylor criticized the prime minister for being away so much while floods hit New South Wales at the weekend. The prime minister has spent a third of his tenure in office abroad.
On Tuesday morning, Treasurer Jim Chalmers defended Mr. Albanese, stating that his excursions to France and Ukraine were crucial.
After leaving the conflict-torn Ukraine on Monday, Mr. Albanese received a phone call briefing on the situation in NSW, where tens of thousands have been evacuated and thousands of homes have been inundated.
But Angus Taylor, the shadow treasurer, claimed he wasn’t going far enough.
According to Mr. Taylor of 2GB, “it was flooded for 48 hours, Luke, and [the Prime Minister] has just taken up the phone to Dominic Perrottet to ask if he needs a hand.”
The PM is more worried about his reputation on the international stage than ensuring that people in NSW have a place to sleep, despite the fact that 30,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes.
The federal government is taking into account further requests from NSW for assistance for towns hit by flooding.
Premier Perrottet, who has declared a natural catastrophe and ordered the release of a number of payments and loans for people and businesses, was also contacted by Mr. Albanese.
Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles told Nine Network on Tuesday that “he will be here later in the week” while speaking from flood-affected Richmond in northwest Sydney.
Starting on Thursday, Mr. Albanese and Mr. Perrottet might explore the area.
David Littleproud, the leader of the opposition Nationals, told Nine that NSW must be provided with all the resources necessary to assist people.
Jim Chalmers, the treasurer, responded that he had been collaborating with the NSW government when he was asked about the “optics” of Mr. Albanese being abroad when the issue started on Sunday.
The excursions abroad, according to him, were crucial.
But because many of those ties were strained, a lot of work among our overseas partners was necessary, Mr. Chalmers told Nine.
“This significant work on the global stage hasn’t stopped us from pursuing our agenda here at home,” the speaker said.
Following a request by the NSW government, the federal government has so far deployed 200 defense troops and two helicopters to assist with the disaster.
There are more demands that we are currently considering, so the situation is changing, according to Mr. Marles.
First and foremost, “We have been very cognizant of the need to work with NSW.”
Mr. Perrottet, according to Mr. Marles, was “quite satisfied with the degree of coordination” when they spoke on Monday night.
This is the fourth severe flood disaster to impact many of the afflicted towns in less than 18 months.
Numerous evacuation orders and advisories have been issued, especially in the area northwest of Sydney where the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers are experiencing significant flooding.
People in 23 local government areas in Greater Sydney and the neighboring areas will get the disaster relief funding.
After receiving criticism for continuing his trip of France and Ukraine during the crisis, Mr. Albanese sent out a string of tweets on Wednesday about what he is doing to address the fatal flooding in NSW.
The Opposition criticized the Prime Minister on Monday for being gone while his government was dealing with a domestic issue since he had spent 15 out of his first 43 days in office abroad.
Mr. Albanese claimed that after his return to Poland from the Ukraine, he was only permitted to turn on his phone once more and receive updates from his emergency management minister and the NSW Premier.
While visiting President Zelensky on Sunday in the war-torn nation, he kept his phone off out of security.
Have crossed into Poland from Ukraine and gone radio silent, Mr. Albanese tweeted.
My first course of action was to ensure that federal government aid is being given after receiving updates on the floods in NSW from @murraywatt and @Dom Perrottet.
“The scenario is always shifting.” Please be safe and check @NSWSES and @BOM NSW for the most recent information.
One man was killed and thousands of homes were evacuated in Greater Sydney as a result of the torrential rain that pummeled NSW.
200 ADF soldiers have already been provided by the federal government.
Since last Sunday, the prime minister has gone on business travels to a NATO summit in Spain, a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, and a high-security journey to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Despite the fact that all of the travels were related to official business, several Australians felt that he should be focusing on problems at home instead.
As a result, the hashtags “Airbus Albo” and “Where’s Albo” trended on Twitter, and some people called him “Anthony Overseasy.”
Since winning the election on May 21, Mr. Albanese has traveled more than 45,000 kilometers on trips to Japan, Indonesia, the UAE, Spain, France, Poland, and Ukraine, where he made an announcement on Sunday about providing Ukraine with an additional $100 million in military aid paid for by Australian tax dollars.