Friday 20 May 2022 08:13 AM Liberal candidate Aaron Violi in Melbourne seat of Casey defended Scott ... trends now
A Liberal candidate in a marginal seat defended Scott Morrison's trip to Hawaii during the summer bushfires in a series of tweets and also suggested redundant car factory workers were 'lucky' in social media posts.
Aaron Violi is running in the marginal Liberal-held, outer eastern Melbourne seat of Casey, which former speaker Tony Smith retained in 2019 with a 4.6 per cent margin.
Even before he was preselected, he was already showing fierce loyalty to the Prime Minister in January 2020 by defending his trip to Hawaii the previous month.
'Don't forget that the premiers of Victoria and Queensland were also on holiday when there were bushfires in their states,' he tweeted.
'How come they are not on your list?'
A Liberal candidate in a marginal seat Aaron Violi (pictured right) has defended Scott Morrison's trip to Hawaii during the summer bushfires, suggested redundant car factory workers were lucky and claimed retiring at 30 was possible
Even before he was preselected, he was already showing fierce loyalty to the Prime Minister in January 2020 by defending his trip to Hawaii the previous month by pointing out Labor premiers Daniel Andrews in Victoria and Queensland's Annastacia Palaszczuk had also taken leave
When it was pointed out Ms Palaszczuk had been holidaying in North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, Mr Violi said Mr Morrison could still do his job from Hawaii.
'Ok so the issue isn't the leave but the distance travelled?' he said.
'Based on that, given that neither has operational responsibilities and with modern technology what can be done/communicated on Stradbroke Island that can't be replicated in Hawaii?'
The controversy of the Morrison family's trip to Hawaii shortly before Christmas in December 2019 has continued to dog the Prime Minister ahead of the 2022 election.
His wife Jenny in February told 60 Minutes interviewer Karl Stefanovic she was sorry for the timing of that holiday.
'I am more than sorry if we disappointed,' she said.
'We did disappoint. Did we make the right decision? I thought I was making the right decision for my kids. I obviously was wrong.
'Yes, we were over there seeing it and we were like... we really