Australia PM apologetic for his absence amid bushfire crisis
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited firefighters battling bushfire crisis on Dec. 22 as he apologised for a Hawaiian holiday that ended early after public outrage.
Morrison departed for a family holiday amid record bushfires that have destroyed an area the size of Belgium and cloaked major cities from Brisbane to Sydney to Canberra to Melbourne in choking toxic fumes.
Morrison toured the headquarters of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
He praised volunteer firefighters, who in the last 24 hours have faced catastrophic conditions brought by a record heatwave, gale-force winds and prolonged drought.