Zed Seselja is maintaining the rage over Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr failing to do exactly what he wants after John Hargreaves made a not particularly offensive comment about the Liberals Vicki Dunne.
After being given multiple opportunities, Katy Gallagher is still refusing to apologise for, or take action against her senior colleague, John Hargreaves, for offensive comments made about another MLA, Leader of the Opposition, Zed Seselja, said today.
It was also revealed in the Chamber today that the Deputy Leader of the Government, Andrew Barr heard the offensive comments made by Mr Hargreaves. Neither he nor the Chief Minister has condemned the behaviour.
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“By refusing to apologise for Mr Hargreaves’ behaviour and refusing to take any action against her Government Whip, the Chief Minister is telling the community she will accept this sort of behaviour from her team,” Zed said.
“There have been many media opportunities and again in Question Time today, Ms Gallagher has had the opportunity to condemn the actions of her colleague – every time she has refused.
“This sends a terrible message to the community that offensive comments about female colleagues are somehow acceptable in any workplace.
To date, Ms Gallagher has said she will not take any action in part because she believed Mr Hargreaves intended the comment as a ‘joke’.
Zed apparently sees this as a failure of leadership. Others might think ignoring Zed stamping his feet is good parenting.