‘I had no right’: PM apologises over ‘insensitive’ press conference comments

The Prime Minister has issued a late-night apology for comments made in his press conference, where he essentially told a media organisation to clean up its own house before lecturing others on workplace behaviour.

In the wake of the Brittany Higgins sexual assault allegations over a month ago, and more recent disturbing footage from inside parliament house, the Prime Minister stood up yesterday morning to finally address the culture within parliament house.

What had started as sincere sentiments regarding the treatment of women in Canberra soon turned foul after Scott Morrison’s leadership was called into question by a News Ltd journalist.


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Mr Morrison quickly accused the journalist of throwing stones at glass houses, referencing what he thought to be alleged harassment within the Sky News company out of the blue.

The journalist, Andrew Clennell, immediately said he was unaware of that claim.

“You are not aware of it. So let’s not, all of us who sit in glass houses here, start getting into that,” Mr Morrison responded.

News Ltd later clarified that no such complaint even existed, slamming Scott Morrison for his comments.

It took around 14 hours for the Prime Minister to issue an apology for his comments at the press conference, which was sent out on social media around 11.00 pm last night.

“In the course of today’s media conference when responding to further questions I deeply regret my insensitive response to a question from a News Ltd journalist by making an anonymous reference to an incident at News Ltd that has been rejected by the company.

“I accept their account. I was wrong to raise it, the emotion of the moment is no excuse.

“I especially wish to apologise to the individual at the centre of the incident and others directly impacted. I had no right to raise this issue and especially without their permission,” his apology reads.