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Australia fires: Scott Morrison apologises for family holiday


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for taking a family holiday in Hawaii as deadly wildfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the lives of two volunteer firefighters. Mr Morrison cut short a break with his wife and adult children amid public anger at his absence from Australia at a time of national crisis. He arrived home on Saturday and on Sunday morning spoke to reporters while visiting the headquarters of the Rural Fire Service in Sydney. "If you had your time over again and you had the benefit of hindsight, we would have made different decisions," Mr Morrison said. "I am sure Australians are fair-minded and understand that when you make a promise to your kids you try and keep it. But as prime minister, you have other responsibilities and I accept that and I accept the criticism."

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