Kelly Slater labels Scott Morrison 'appalling' for handling of NSW floods


Anti-vaxx surfing legend Kelly Slater slams Scott Morrison’s ‘appalling’ response to flood crisis wreaking havoc across Australia’s east coast – as he’s barred from entering the country

  • Kelly Slater rips into Scott Morrison over government’s handling of NSW floods
  • Surfing legend said on Instagram Mr Morrison’s response has been ‘appalling’ 
  • He posted screenshots of conversation with friend who lives in Northern Rivers
  • Anti-vaxxer will be denied entry into Australia for upcoming tournaments  


Kelly Slater has slammed Scott Morrison’s handling of New South Wales’ floods as thousands of residents claim they are receiving no help from the government.

The 11-time world champion posted a series of Instagram stories on Monday, sharing pictures and videos from the Northern Rivers region of the state, which has been decimated by record levels of flash flooding.

He shared an open letter to Mr Morrison via an account called ReviveTheNorthernRivers, before adding his own commentary to the issue.

‘The lack of federal assistance in the flood zones in northern NSW has been nothing short of appalling. The stories from friends are hard to comprehend,’ Slater wrote.

‘But the gathering of local communities has been inspiring to watch from afar. So while the PM @scottmorrisonmp and cohorts pat themselves on the back or poke fun at people who ‘live in the gum trees’, the communities will continue to get on with the tasks at hand in helping their neighbours.’

Surfing legend Kelly Slater has labelled Scott Morrison's handling of New South Wales' floods 'appalling'

Surfing legend Kelly Slater has labelled Scott Morrison’s handling of New South Wales’ floods ‘appalling’

Large parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales have been devastated by record flash flooding - with dozens feared dead and entire towns washed away

Large parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales have been devastated by record flash flooding – with dozens feared dead and entire towns washed away 

Slater shared a series of photos and images of the decimated areas in the Northern Rivers before calling on the PM to do more

Slater shared a series of photos and images of the decimated areas in the Northern Rivers before calling on the PM to do more

Slater also shared a conversation he had with a friend who lives in the area, with the man describing the PM as ‘the biggest joke in Australian history’.

The surfing legend’s friend repeated reports that Australian Defence Forces were staging photos to prove they were present and also claimed locals were paying for helicopters to deliver essential goods.

‘People that have been rescued have said that helicopters have just been filming him for five days. They drop nothing and just keep filming him,’ Slater’s friend said in the shared message chain.

‘Scott Morrison is the biggest joke in Australian history. It’s seriously that bad. The stories that I have heard are just mind blowing.’

'The lack of federal assistance in the flood zones in northern NSW has been nothing short of appalling. The stories from friends are hard to comprehend,' Slater wrote

‘The lack of federal assistance in the flood zones in northern NSW has been nothing short of appalling. The stories from friends are hard to comprehend,’ Slater wrote

Slater also shared a conversation he had with a friend who lives in the area, with the man describing the PM as 'the biggest joke in Australian history'

Slater also shared a conversation he had with a friend who lives in the area, with the man describing the PM as ‘the biggest joke in Australian history’

Slater then shared a series of other posts highlighting the damage in the region. 

The 50-year-old will be denied entry for one of his favourite events at Bells Beach in March and Margaret River in May because he remains unvaccinated.

The surfing legend has been outspoken about the jab, with Health Minister Greg Hunt confirming he would meet the same fate as Novak Djokovic if he attempted to enter without having received the vaccine.

‘I think we’ve been pretty clear with the Novak Djokovic case of no vax, no play,’ he said.

The 50-year-old will be denied entry for one of his favourite events at Bells Beach in March and Margaret River in May because he remains unvaccinated

The 50-year-old will be denied entry for one of his favourite events at Bells Beach in March and Margaret River in May because he remains unvaccinated

He previously posted support for Novak Djokovic during his visa saga in Australia - and remains a staunch anti-vaxxer

He previously posted support for Novak Djokovic during his visa saga in Australia – and remains a staunch anti-vaxxer

‘It’s a pretty simple message, doesn’t matter what sport, we’re even-handed. I hope he gets vaccinated and I hope he competes.’ 

Slater posted a loaded response to Djokovic’s visa saga in Australia earlier this year, claiming the government were attempting to ‘brainwash’ people.

‘Maybe Stockholm Syndrome can now change its name to Melbourne/Australia Syndrome,’ wrote Slater. 

‘It’s sad to see the celebrated division by the ‘virtuous’ vaccinated. If you’re vaccinated why are you concerned/worried about anyone else’s status… unless, of course, it doesn’t protect you? 

‘Or you’re scared you’ll catch it or upset you had to take the risk of vaccination yourself? So much brainwashed hatred in people’s hearts regardless of vax status.’   

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