Hawaiian Shirt Parodying Scott Morrison's 'Secret Holiday' Raises More Than $35K For Firies
A Hawaiian shirt based on Prime Minister Scott Morrison's controversial overseas holiday has raised more than $35,000 for volunteer firefighters.
More than 1,000 shirts, featuring dozens of orange and yellow hibiscus flowers and the Prime Minister's smirking face sitting smack bang in the middle, have been sold since December 19.
On Monday night, an email was sent to supporters sharing the good news, and revealing what the public had purchased - other than a gaudy shirt.
"We've already made the first donation of $10,243 and will be following up with the remaining donations during the course of the week," the email read.
"These funds go toward training centres, equipment, and other support services that help them do their job."
The $70 shirt went viral after its scathing description hit social media, with references to coal, mai tais and "bodacious leadership vacuums".
"Australia is reeling from an unprecedented bushfire emergency, and to rub basalt into the wound, the Prime Minister has smirk-bombed his way to Hawaii for a refreshing mai tai," the caption, shared to Instagram, read.
The shirt, dubbed the Mahalo Scomo, was depicted as "an enduring combination of Hawaiian vibes, bodacious leadership vacuums, and the colours of an increasingly-combustible Australian summer".
Scott Morrison continues to come under fire for taking off on a family holiday to Hawaii as the nation faced a horror bushfire season that has taken the lives of residents and volunteer firefighters.
Two young fathers, out fighting the Green Wattle Creek blaze, lost their lives on Thursday night, prompting the prime minister to cut his holiday short by a day and return to work.
Speaking to 2GB after making the announcement, he appeared to brush off his role in combating the deadly disaster.
"I don't hold a hose, mate, and I don't sit in a control room," he said, before adding: "I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time".