Project host Lisa Wilkinson has once again skinned Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the Covid crisis.
Wilkinson accused the NSW Premier of “doing nothing” and of “stepping aside” after NSW recorded its worst day in the pandemic.
“I think I speak on behalf of almost everyone who watches these press conferences at 11am every day – they are almost inaccessible,” she begins.
“The whole situation is completely farcical. On a day when NSW registers its highest number of pandemics, another family cares for a loved one, Gladys Berejiklian sets no new limits.
“She does nothing, the soft lockdown continues, and we all scratch our heads and try to figure out if she does not want to do anything more – why does she continue with the same rhetoric?”
Sydney-based Wilkinson said the entire state needs a complete reset before making a shock call that “if Gladys Berejiklian is unable to do the job, then she should step aside”.
Wilkinson said the prime minister should make room for someone who is doing the job – “because she’s stuffed this.”
“It simply came to our notice then. We’re at the point where we need to use technical terms now – that’s ridiculous. ”
It comes as NSW registered 681 new cases on Thursday – the worst day of the pandemic.
The project host went on to say that the “problem” is that Mrs Berejiklian keeps saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“When you watch these press conferences, journalists go to great lengths to get the detailed information that seems to be missing between these really high numbers and her constant saying, as she has said today: ‘There is a light at the end of the tunnel ‘. ”
“The light she can see at the end of the tunnel, we can all see it too – it’s a complete waste fire. And another must step in. ”
Following today’s high case number, Covid’s restrictions extended across NSW, with 11 LGAs now tightly locked, including stricter mask rules and a 5km radius travel limit in greater Sydney. ACT went into a seven-day lockdown from 5pm on Thursday.
Wilkinson has since covered a mixed reaction online after calling the prime minister – some praising and agreeing with her views, while others strongly disagreed.
Thank you @Lisa_Wilkinson for your speech. That’s how everyone here in NSW feels! So angry about getting blamed. Tired and frustrated, ”one person wrote on Twitter.
Thanks @Lisa_Wilkinson. Coffee Bars, Takeaways, Bunnings. Reject store, even party shops are still open. This madness cannot continue, ”said another.
Meanwhile, others accused Wilkinson of being “out of touch with reality”
“LOL” I speak for everyone “@Lisa_Wilkinson Please do not say that,” wrote one person, while another added: “@Lisa_Wilkinson, you do not speak for me. @GladysB
has been in one of the most stressful roles during this time and does what many people want. The journalists at the daily press conferences need a reset. ”
This is not the first time Wilkinson has hit the Prime Minister.
Just three days ago, when Mrs Berejiklian said this – “We can not stress enough that we do not want to go down the path to all these other places abroad, where they have thousands and thousands of cases a day” – it got Wilkinson look red.
“I think everyone in NSW yesterday when she said the day before was a ‘wake-up call’, everyone in NSW thought ” It took you so long to wake up? ‘,’ Said the project host.
“When you consider June 24, there were 36 cases with 11 new ones that we had been warned about … And please, premieres, can you stop looking abroad as a place to refer?”
Wilkinson’s co – host Peter van Onselen agreed and also criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Sunday morning that 1 million extra Pfizer vaccines would soon arrive from Poland, many of which were sent directly to south-west Sydney, the heart of NSW’s current outbreak.
“It is the same with PM with these vaccines coming from Poland. Until he was blue in the face when we had him on the program a few weeks ago, he said we did not need extra vaccines to go to southwest Sydney. Now he puts half a million in there, “said van Onselen.
Wilkinson has been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic and rollout of vaccines, tweeting over the weekend that the country’s current sweeping lockdowns had come “thanks to Scott Morrison’s handling of the pandemic.”
There are currently 681 (locally acquired) cases in NSW. A man in his 80s has died.
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