Scott Morrison has publicly confirmed he is taking a week of leave, determined to avoid a repeat of the furious backlash over his infamous Hawaii holiday.
The Prime Minister drew widespread criticism for taking a Hawaiian vacation late in 2019, at the height of the deadly Black Summer bushfires.
He did not confirm the holiday until several days into the trip and was forced to apologise and cut his break short.
- Where’s the PM? Mystery surrounds Morrison’s whereabouts
- ‘Deep regret’: PM cuts holiday short as fire crisis worsens
Keen not to make the same mistake twice, Mr Morrison released a statement on Monday announcing he was going on a week’s leave and would return to work on January 18.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will act in the role during his absence and receive regular health and economic briefings.
Mr McCormack will also field meeting requests from state and territory leaders regarding national co-ordination of the coronavirus response, including support from the Australian Defence Force.
“While away I remain in contact with the chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, who will brief me on COVID-19 issues as they occur,” Mr Morrison said.