The Daily Telegraph journo, who was slandered pretty handily by Dutton in a text accidentally sent to her, claims it just ain’t that big a deal. She says we should all just be focussing our attention elsewhere: like on the welfare of the public servant whose privacy was recently breached, after Dutton’s mate Jamie Briggs sent her photos to colleagues.
“[Dutton] was rightly or wrongly trying to reassure a friend. Ultimately I don’t think it’s a substantive issue. I think the substantive issue which is absolutely serious is what happened to this public servant, what happened to this woman in this bar in Hong Kong…
That’s what I think we should be talking about, that’s what I think Jamie Briggs should be asked about, that’s what I think the Prime Minister should be asked about.”
— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) January 4, 2016
For what it’s worth, Malcolm Turnbull did give the ministers who leaked the photos a stern talking-to, and nailed the core of the issue by saying “publishing the identity of a complainant in a case like this not only infringes their privacy, it serves actively to discourage other women who are concerned about the conduct of a superior from raising a complaint in the future.”
Prior to her appearance on the show, Maiden also put down a dude who took question to her lackadaisical response.
— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) January 4, 2016
While she’s got every right to tear strips of Dutton for actions – and boy howdy, have we done that ourselves – she truly-duly does have the right to make of it whatever-the-hell she will, mistexts and all.