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Labor's Tanya Plibersek Corners Liberal MP Craig Kelly In Fiery Clash Over Covid-19 Misinformation

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Labor's Tanya Plibersek Corners Liberal MP Craig Kelly In Fiery Clash Over Covid-19 Misinformation

Labor's Tanya Plibersek has cornered Liberal MP Craig Kelly in the halls of Parliament House and questioned his coronavirus misinformation.

The conservative politician has been criticised for sharing misleading, debunked, and/or unproven claims on social media about Covid-19 cures.

There have been plenty of calls for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do something about his backbencher's posts, but virtually nothing has been done.

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As a result, Ms Plibersek decided to confront Mr Kelly in a hallway of the Press Gallery and dressed him down.

"So, your Prime Minister is wrong? Is he?" she asked.

He replied that Scott Morrison is '100 per cent right' about listening to the medical advice.

Ms Plibersek quipped back with: "Oh, so he agrees with you?"

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Mr Kelly deflected and told the Labor MP she would have to let 'the Prime Minister speak for himself'.

Unperturbed by the back-and-forth, Ms Plibersek asked: "Does the Prime Minister agree with you?"

"I don't know. You will have to ask him," Mr Kelly replied.

He added that he now feels he's a victim of cancel culture because people are criticising him for sharing the shonky coronavirus information.

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Scott Morrison has indicated that he wants Mr Kelly to stick to the medical advice given by the top experts only.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Well, we've been very clear to point out where you get your information from. You don't get it from Facebook. You get it from official government websites," Mr Morrison told the National Press Club earlier this week.

The ABC reports the two spoke on the phone yesterday (February 2) and the Prime Minister reportedly expressed his unhappiness at the claims be spruiked by the Member for Hughes.

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Mr Kelly revealed the call was set up by Mr Morrison to ensure he wasn't an anti-vaxxer.

He said he wasn't but explained he won't be getting a coronavirus vaccine just yet.

"I'm waiting for all the evidence to come in," he said. I've been very careful. I'm not an anti-vaxxer, I've taken all my vaccinations before."

Craig Kelly further angered the medical community this week after appearing on disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans' podcast.

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners accused the Liberal MP of enabling a conspiracy theorist and spreading misinformation.

Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler was quick to criticise Mr Kelly and added: "Craig Kelly is a dangerous menace and a threat to the nation's COVID response.

"It's beyond time the Prime Minister developed the backbone to pull him into line."

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Topics: Australia

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