Karl continued: “This whole crisis is not his fault. There are clearly State issues and Federal crossovers that will need to be addressed. But from the public’s point of view the PM has been meandering, lost. Now he is a punching bag for those in pain who want answers. Or just want something from him that’s real. He needs to step up and take control. He has resources in the form of the ADF that have and can be deployed.”
“I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be Prime Minister. But I would imagine it starts with putting Australia and Australians first.”
Stefanovic and Langdon made their Today show debut two days earlier to cover the bushfire crisis.
Karl revealed that their return was not the start the new-look team was hoping for.
“It is, as you said, not the start we thought we would have,” Karl revealed.
“It is the start that is so important for us to deliver to you this morning. That is to deliver all of the latest news,” he said.
“This country and we have all been watching over the last month, it's burning, it's hurting,” he added.
The pair were also joined by Perth newsreader Tracy Vo, weatherman Tim Davies and former Sunday Night reporter Alex Cullen, who will present sport. Brooke Boney will continue her role as entertainment reporter.