Thursday, March 23, 2023

Peter Dutton admits he made a ‘bad taste’ joke about climate change in the Pacific

Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton again sought to rebuild his public image, saying a controversial joke he made in 2015 about climate change in the Pacific was in “bad taste”.

Mr Dutton was immigration minister when he was caught on an open microphone joking about the “lack of water” in 2015 [the] The “gate” of the Pacific island nations.

It is a remark that is still used by Labor to accuse the coalition of damaging ties in the region, an issue that became an election campaign issue after the security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands became official. Gone.

The newly elected Liberal leader apologized for the remarks in 2015 and reiterated today that he regretted doing so.

“I’ve made some bad-tasting jokes like anyone over the years, and I apologize for that,” he said.

“I am as human and as weak as anyone else.”

For the past week, Mr Dutton has been trying to rebuild his image, urging people to reserve their judgment about him until they see his “perfect character”.

He reiterated his argument that the positions he has held in the past – such as defence, home affairs and immigration – have not allowed him to show his full self and that there were roles that were difficult to “crack a smile or a joke”. made.

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