An editorial by Waleed Aly on The Project following the murder of 50 people in New Zealand has led to a complaint by the Prime Minister’s office.
In the speech Aly told viewers, “I also know a senior figure in our government once suggested we made a mistake as a country by letting in Lebanese Muslims in the ’70s.
“And I know there are media reports going back eight years at a shadow cabinet meeting in which another senior politician suggested his party should use community concerns about Muslims in Australia failing to integrate as a political strategy. That person is now the most senior politician we have.”
Despite not naming PM Scott Morrison The New Daily reports Morrison’s chief press secretary, Andrew Carswell, contacted Network 10 after the broadcast insisting the report included “discredited information” and referring to “defamation”.
“[He said] it was defamation effectively of the Prime Minister,” a 10 source said.
Carswell also suggested The Project should “apologise” and that it had failed journalism 101 by broadcasting the claim without checking.
10 has been contacted for comment.