Piers Morgan slams Scott Morrison for 'dereliction of duty' as Australian bushfires rage

Controversial TV host Piers Morgan has unleashed on the Australian Prime Minister during an interview with Liberal MP Craig Kelly on Good Morning Britain. 

After denying the link between climate change and the devastating fires engulfing much of Australia's bush, Kelly then defended Scott Morrison's response to the tragedy.

In reply to Morgan's question of why Morisson went on holiday during the fires, Kelly replied: "The ultimate responsibility for fighting fires is [with] the state premiers." 

The only thing the national leader can actually do is wait until he gets response from those state premiers asking for more resources." 

"The truth is, he was absent when the fires were burning," Morgan said of Morrison's poorly-timed family trip overseas. 

"Scott Morrison thought the right response to these fires erupting in Australia was to go lie on the beach in Hawaii, and that was a dereliction of his duty as leader of Australia." 

Morgan then turned his attention back to Kelly, who last year instructed audiences at an oil and gas conference to "fill up your gas bottles and fly from one end of the country to the other". 

"You're facing one of the greatest crises you've ever faced and there is you Mr Kelly, with respect a senior politician, who still doesn't think this has anything to do with a heating up planet," Morgan said. 

"Nothing to see here, nothing to worry about as virtually your entire country is eviscerated by fires - it is quite extraordinary."

Morgan, who has famously mocked Climate Change activist Greta Thunberg on several occasions, called Kelly's stance "absolutely disgraceful". 

When Kelly attempted to defend his position by claiming some people were "getting out there to score political points," Morgan abruptly ended the interview. 

'We're going to leave it there Mr Kelly. I've just got to say wake up. Climate change and global warming are real and Australia is right now showing the entire world how devastating it is,' he said.