Coronavirus Australia: Craig Kelly reprimanded over social media posts

A rogue MP was known as into the Prime Minister’s workplace after months of posting messages that contradicted well being recommendation. Discover out why it took so lengthy.

Scott Morrison publicly distanced himself from Mr Kelly’s views on Wednesday after he informed Mr Kelly to chorus from spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories that contradict authorities medical recommendation.

Talking on Dawn, Mr McCormack was requested why the federal government hadn’t known as Mr Kelly in to the Prime Minister’s workplace earlier than over the opinions he’d been sprouting.

However Mr McCormack defended the belated dressing down, saying “parliament has solely resumed this week”.

“So that you needed to look forward to parliament to renew?” presenter Natalie Barr requested.

“He’s a Liberal and I do know the Prime Minister has spoken to him yesterday, I do know it’s an essential factor,” Mr McCormack stated.

“Craig has stated he helps the vaccine technique.”

Craig Kelly’s dressing down was prompted by a public confrontation between him and senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek.
Digicam IconCraig Kelly’s dressing down was prompted by a public confrontation between him and senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

Mr McCormack additionally insisted the Coalition MP George Christensen was “proper behind” the federal government’s technique regardless of the backbencher undercutting it by touting hydroxychloroquine in opposition to the recommendation of the Therapeutic Items Administration (TGA).

““George hasn’t been placing it up usually on Fb. He’s had some feedback to make,” he informed Sky Information.

He was then pushed on whether or not the “odd submit” submit contracting official recommendation was acceptable, however Mr McCormack stated: “It’s additionally about George very a lot pushing for jobs within the northeast.”

In an announcement, Mr Kelly stated he had at all times sought to help the success of our nation’s public well being response throughout the pandemic.

However opposition well being spokesman Mark Butler has revealed he has written to Fb relating to the “harmful misinformation” on Mr Kelly’s Fb web page.

Micheal McCormack insists Mr Kelly and fellow backbencher George Christensen are ‘right behind’ the government’s COVID-19 strategy.
Digicam IconMicheal McCormack insists Mr Kelly and fellow backbencher George Christensen are ‘proper behind’ the federal government’s COVID-19 technique. Credit score: AAP

“I urge Fb to proceed to observe the dangerous content material that Mr Kelly is sharing and take acceptable motion to guard public well being,” Mr Butler stated.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke informed Sky Information that posts from Mr Kelly that contradicted public well being recommendation ought to be eliminated.

“Any recommendation on anyone’s social media that claims vaccinations are harmful from any authorities official on any authorities degree shouldn’t be there,” he stated.

“And Craig Kelly is dedicated to making sure there isn’t a disinformation via his personal channels.”

Labor chief Anthony Albanese stated if his workforce had not campaigned for Mr Kelly’s posts to be addressed “then nothing would have occurred”.

“The truth that the Prime Minister, who on Monday on the Nationwide Press Membership stated Craig Kelly was doing a terrific job and refused to distance himself from the feedback (and) inside two days he has had to try this,” he stated

“That may be a credit score to the best way that my workforce has been holding the federal government to account.”