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Morrison Government Staffer Resigns For Calling State Greens Leader A ‘Meth-Head C**t’

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Morrison Government Staffer Resigns For Calling State Greens Leader A ‘Meth-Head C**t’

Liberal staffer Andrew Hudgson has resigned from his media adviser role following an explosive claim made by Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O'Connor.

Ms O'Connor accused Hudgson of calling her a 'meth -head c***'.

The state party boss told parliament that the incident had taken place on February 1, 2019, and the shocking comment was overheard by her media advisor, Alice Giblin.

"Mr Hudgson called me a 'meth-head c***' as he and his colleagues walked across the lawns not far from us," she told the Tasmanian Parliament.

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Hudgson had been employed as a media adviser to federal Assistant Treasurer and Housing Minister Michael Sukkar at the time.

Following this week's accusation, he has since resigned from his media adviser role in the federal government.

Greens leader Cassy O'Connor. Credit: Creative Commons
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor. Credit: Creative Commons

O'Connor continued: "Imagine hating women so much you'd say that audibly about a woman you don't know, who also happens to be an elected representative?

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"I was doing an interview at the time and didn't hear the insult but Alice did. I believed her without question because in the decade I've worked with Alice she has never lied to me.

"Others who were with Mr Hudgson at the time heard it too. We know this. We've had it confirmed.

"Alice made detailed notes of her recollections, then reported this incident to the then-premier's office."

Despite lodging a complaint on the day of the incident to the then-premier's chief of staff, Tim Baker, the Greens leader was later told that no further action would be taken.

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She added that then-premier Will Hodgman responded to her with a letter that said: "With respect to the specific allegation that Mr Hudgson yelled out and directed profanities towards you, the investigator has found the allegation to be 'not substantiated' and that Mr Hudgson did not yell out or direct profanities towards you.

"In making this finding, the investigator considered evidence provided by all interviewees including that:

"All witnesses, who were walking with Mr Hudgson at the time, stated that he did not yell out or direct profanities towards Ms O'Connor; and that as complainant Ms Giblin was unable to provide specific detail to further substantiate the allegation.

"Now that an independent and appropriate investigation has been conducted and concluded, I advise that it is my intention to take no further action in relation to your allegation."

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O'Connor told parliament that Hudgson had been 'protected by the Liberal Party, state and federal', before taking aim at Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"And so, here we are. Andrew Hudgson's story was believed. He went on to work for the Morrison government," she said.

"It reminds me a bit of the Catholic Church of old - shuffle people around, but keep them on the books.

"Madam Speaker, this is the standard our current Prime Minister walks past because, it becomes more clear by the day, he accepts it.

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"The women and girls of Australia have long memories, Mr Morrison.

"We see you, we hear you, and we believe you are a big part of the problem."

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Topics: Australia, Politics

Jessica Lynch
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