CloMo lays into ScoMo over slo-mo vaccine rollout

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Photo: Renee Nowytager/supplied.

By PETER HACKNEY

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has again slammed the Morrison Government over Australia’s painfully slow Covid-19 roll-out, this time posting criticisms to social media.

The Lord Mayor told her 27,000 Facebook followers and 112,000 Twitter followers this afternoon that the federal government had to “get its act together”.

“This lockdown is incredibly tough – tougher even than last year,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Last year was a shock, but we all did our bit, thought we had made it through the worst and began planning with hope for the future.

“Now we find ourselves back in a situation that’s necessary for public health, but takes a huge toll on people’s wellbeing and livelihood.

“The federal government simply has to get its act together.”

Issuing a plea for vaccines, Moore said: “We need vaccines, and we need an effective campaign that tells people that it’s their duty to get vaccinated – for each of us, our families, our communities, our economy and future.”

This afternoon’s social media spray follows an appearance on ABC News Breakfast this morning, during which she said the Morrison Government had “failed” Australians.

“I think we’ve been failed by the federal government,” Moore told the breakfast TV program. 

“If we had had vaccination available earlier in the year, this wouldn’t be happening to Sydney now. It’s a huge cost on people’s lives, on people’s wellbeing, on the economy, on the future,” she said. 

The Lord Mayor – who is seeking a fourth term in office at September’s local government elections – told the program it was “shocking” that countries like the UK and US were so far ahead of Australia on Covid vaccinations.

Her appearance on ABC News Breakfast followed an appearance on Channel Nine’s Today show on Saturday, during which she made similar comments. 

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore slams the federal government on Channel Nine’s Today show on Saturday, 17 July, 2021. Video: 9 News Australia/YouTube.

In an interview with the Sydney Sentinel last week, Moore said she and her team would do all they could to help Sydney recover from the effects of Covid-19.

“We will continue the work that we have been doing to help the city recover from Covid-19 and that means the business community, the creative community and our residents,” she told the Sentinel‘s John Moyle.

“We want to support our cultural life, and in particular our performance industries, which were recovering from the lockouts when we got the lockdown,” she said.

Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout – which began in February – has so far seen 11.7 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, while 17.4 per cent of the population have received only one dose, according to The Guardian.

Australia’s Covid-19 vaccination rate is currently the lowest among the world’s 38 OECD nations.

Peter Hackney is the editor-in-chief of the Sydney Sentinel.