Labor leader Anthony Albanese said it was “business for the Liberal Party” to disapprove of his candidate in Warringah and said Prime Minister Scott Morrison should never have picked her in the first place.
Appearing in Cairns on Saturday, Albanese also insisted that the social media activity of Labor candidate for Hunter, Dan Repacholi, was different from that of Liberal candidate for Warringah, Katherine Deves, as it was a while ago. a few years.
Repacholi, a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist for shooting, followed a series of sexually charged Instagram profiles and also suggested that coal mining opponents “sit in the cold and freeze” by winter.
“These are comments [by Repacholi] that were made a long, long time ago. A very long time ago. This candidate for Warringah, that has been her main political approach,” Albanese said.
The Labor leader said it was “the Liberal Party itself” that was calling for Deves to step down in Warringah.
“The New South Wales branch is tearing itself apart. This is a civil war that has been going on for over a year now and what is extraordinary is that Katherine Deves has been handpicked by the Prime Minister,’ he said.
“She was the prime minister’s choice. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister said he shared Katherine Deves’ values by supporting her.
Pressed on whether he was calling on the Liberal Party to disapprove of Deves, Albanese said, “That’s the Liberal Party’s business, but if I was Scott Morrison, I wouldn’t have shortlisted her in the first place.”