Friday 2 July 2021
Have you ever sat back and thought about the sheer number of issues our Prime Minister has to deal with?
I’m fairly sure that it is not something that many people do. But reflect for a moment. He would be regularly briefed on every major political, economic, security, social, legal, environmental and technical issue impacting on our country and most likely those of most major nations. He is the leader in Parliament, in Question Time, in Cabinet. His diary would be forever full of meetings and calls with the widest range of dignitaries and world leaders. The list goes on.
With much of the country in yet another Covid lockdown, it is worth remembering just two weeks ago that Scott Morrison was a guest at the G7. He was widely recognised for his representation of Australia and his contribution to the discussion on the continuing pandemic, climate change and the importance of open and democratic societies. He used the visit to the UK to meet with major world leaders including Boris Johnson on the Free Trade Agreement (signed in principle on 15th June) and Emmanuel Macron trying to get the $90 billion submarine project back on track.
Last week we saw a change in leadership of the Nationals. This meant the Prime Minister working with Barnaby Joyce in re-casting the Coalition Agreement and working through the political dynamics of these change, particularly as we draw closer to the next Federal election. And during this time we have growing Covid outbreaks across various States, and the pressure remains on the Prime Minister on the vaccine rollout and quarantine facilities. Australia was seen as a global leader in its response to Covid just a short time ago, but today it is under criticism for the slow vaccination rates.
So that’s enough reflection for the moment about the Prime Minister. On the leadership change, the SAS Group extends its warm congratulations to Barnaby Joyce for his success in becoming the leader of the Nationals and once again the Deputy Prime Minister. Barnaby is one of Australia’s most recognised people and will leave no stone unturned in his drive to represent rural and regional Australians. To Michael McCormack, the SAS Group would like to say thank you for all of your contributions during your time as Deputy Prime Minister, your support and friendship. You have so many achievements in delivering for the Australian public of which you should be proud.
Peter Costantini OAM