Madeleine West SLAMS Prime Minister Scott Morrison's mishandling of the flood disaster

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Plenty of Australians have slammed the federal government’s response to the devastating floods in Queensland and Northern NSW.

And Neighbours star Madeleine West has added her voice to the critical chorus, in an extraordinary spray at Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Speaking to HIT FM’s Bianca, Dan & Ben on Wednesday, the actress, 41, asked: ‘When is the government going to pull on their gumboots and do what they were elected to do?’

Not happy: Neighbours star Madeleine West has added her voice to the critical chorus, in an extraordinary spray at Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Not happy: Neighbours star Madeleine West has added her voice to the critical chorus, in an extraordinary spray at Prime Minister Scott Morrison

‘I don’t understand what our government is doing,’ the Underbelly star continued. ‘There is no co-ordinated response.’

She went on to say that while she appreciated Morrison was sick with Covid, plenty of others were worse off.

Co-host Bianca Dye then gasped as West told the story of an elderly couple who were ‘treading water in an air pocket for two days’ before they were rescued. 

‘What about the [mother] whose breast milk dried up after three days on a rooftop, because no one could get to her?’ she added.

‘How sick do you reckon they are, ScoMo?’ 

West’s interview comes on the same day she announced she is embarking on a new career by running for State Parliament at the 2023 NSW elections.

The Byron Bay-based philanthropist, who has spent the last week helping flood recovery efforts in Northern NSW, revealed her political aspirations on Studio 10.  

Broadside: Speaking to HIT FM's Bianca, Dan & Ben on Wednesday, the actress, 41, asked:'When is the government going to pull on their gumboots and do what they were elected to do?'

Broadside: Speaking to HIT FM’s Bianca, Dan & Ben on Wednesday, the actress, 41, asked: ‘When is the government going to pull on their gumboots and do what they were elected to do?’

The mother-of-six said she’s grown frustrated with how the NSW government has handled the catastrophic floods, and wants to take matters into her own hands.  

‘I’m not agitating to see change anymore, I want to be change. And so today I’m formally announcing that I intend to run for state parliament at the NSW Elections next year,’ she said, as Studio 10 hosts Sarah Harris and Tristan MacManus cheered.  

‘I want to be the voice for my region. We need a strong voice on the floor, and I want to be it. When I came to my region [from Melbourne] six years ago – of course I love it as everyone does – but I wanted to understand it, I want to understand it better,’ West said. 

Political aspirations: The former Neighbours star announced on Wednesday she is embarking on a new career by running for state parliament at the 2023 NSW elections

Political aspirations: The former Neighbours star announced on Wednesday she is embarking on a new career by running for state parliament at the 2023 NSW elections

‘So I dived in deep. I’m a mum of six. I want to see the region flourish. I want to see my children flourish and everyone’s children to flourish there.’

In recent years, West has volunteered her time to help provide food for homeless families in her local area.

She also volunteers for environmental group ReForest Now, which aims to regenerate northern NSW’s subtropical rainforests.  

'I want to be the voice': The Byron Bay-based philanthropist, 41, who has spent the last week helping flood recovery efforts in Northern NSW, revealed her political aspirations on Studio 10

‘I want to be the voice’: The Byron Bay-based philanthropist, 41, who has spent the last week helping flood recovery efforts in Northern NSW, revealed her political aspirations on Studio 10

Fighting the good fight:'I want to see the region flourish. I want to see my children flourish and everyone's children to flourish there,' West said

Fighting the good fight: ‘I want to see the region flourish. I want to see my children flourish and everyone’s children to flourish there,’ West said 

The actress also told Studio 10 she plans to advocate for gender pay equality. 

West also spoke of her foray into politics on Instagram, uploading a photo of herself on the set of Studio 10 along with a lengthy caption. 

‘I dropped into @studio10au today to bring awareness to the #floods which have ravaged my region, and expressed my frustration at the cataclysmic failure of those at the top to deploy an adequate, timely response capable of ensuring the safety, lives and livelihoods of the very people who put them there,’ she wrote.  

Doing her part to help: In recent years, West has volunteered her time to help provide food for homeless families in her local area

Doing her part to help: In recent years, West has volunteered her time to help provide food for homeless families in her local area

‘My region needs a strong voice on the parliamentary floor. Australia needs a guarantee this will never happen again. We’ve talked about it enough and now is the time for action,’ West continued.  

Insisting she’s the right woman for the job, West concluded: ‘I’ve spent many years agitating for change and now I want to BE the change. We are ready and we deserve it. Be the change you want to see.

‘It’s never too late to change everything.’ 

It comes days after West made an emotional appeal on Instagram for more volunteers to help clean up in the wake of the floods which have wreaked havoc in northern NSW. 

Growing a future: She also volunteers for environmental group ReForest Now, which aims to regenerate northern NSW's subtropical rainforests. She is pictured here with her boyfriend and founder of ReForest Now, Maximo Bottaro

Growing a future: She also volunteers for environmental group ReForest Now, which aims to regenerate northern NSW’s subtropical rainforests. She is pictured here with her boyfriend and founder of ReForest Now, Maximo Bottaro

'We've talked about it enough and now is the time for action': West also announced her foray into politics on Instagram on Wednesday

‘We’ve talked about it enough and now is the time for action’: West also announced her foray into politics on Instagram on Wednesday 

West, who lives in the Byron Bay suburb of Suffolk Park, about 45 minutes from the area, said everything in the regional city was ‘destroyed, smashed or washed away’. 

Clean-up and recovery efforts in northern NSW are being boosted with the arrival of about 1,300 soldiers as NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says helping devastated communities get back on their feet is his top priority. 

The state government would do everything it could to help flood-ravaged communities in the Northern Rivers and on the east coast, Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Tuesday, after spending days visiting affected areas.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon has been appointed as northern NSW recovery co-ordinator and will work alongside Resilience NSW Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.    

Countless towns in Northern NSW and Queensland have been left devastated by catastrophic floods in recent days, with the clean-up effort only now able to begin in some areas while others remain submerged.

Devastation: West, who lives in the Byron Bay suburb of Suffolk Park about 45 minutes from the area, said everything in the regional city was'destroyed, smashed or washed away'

Devastation: West, who lives in the Byron Bay suburb of Suffolk Park about 45 minutes from the area, said everything in the regional city was ‘destroyed, smashed or washed away’

Lismore received 700mm of rain in just 30 hours by Monday afternoon, leaving most of the regional centre of 43,000 underwater.

‘There’s a lot of people wandering around looking a bit startled,’ West said in the video, which showed large piles of garbage lining the street.

‘Everything is just covered in mud, mud that you just can’t clean off,’ she said, before asking for more ‘hands’ to help.

On the ground: On Monday, West shared a video of herself standing in front of a major street in NSW's Northern Rivers regions that has been completely flooded

On the ground: On Monday, West shared a video of herself standing in front of a major street in NSW’s Northern Rivers regions that has been completely flooded 

Thanking the community for their donations, West then pleaded with influencers to show some support.

‘If you are going onto socials to promote a product or to show off your new fashion or a luxury brand… I just wanted to ask whether you could be quiet for a few days,’ she said. 

West explained it was important to give emergency services a ‘medium to communicate exactly what they need’.

Doing her part: West hasn't been afraid to get her hands dirty during the regions's flood clean-up efforts

Doing her part: West hasn’t been afraid to get her hands dirty during the regions’s flood clean-up efforts 

The situation was incomprehensible she said, before signing off by telling viewers to ‘stay safe.’  

West, who has a personal connection to the Lismore area, was spotted getting stuck into the clean up that is happening in Lismore’s CBD area on Friday. 

The brunette was seen carrying out damaged furniture and rubbish from Hotel Metropole, on Keen Street in downtown Lismore.

The venue has been destroyed by the flood waters, along with every single shop front and business in the area.

'Everything is just covered in mud': It comes days after West made an emotional appeal on Instagram for more volunteers to help clean up in the wake of the floods, which have wreaked havoc in northern NSW

‘Everything is just covered in mud’: It comes days after West made an emotional appeal on Instagram for more volunteers to help clean up in the wake of the floods, which have wreaked havoc in northern NSW  

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