Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he supports Catherine Daves after the Liberal candidate in Sydney, Waring, seemed to have given up earlier apologies for describing the gender reassignment operation as a disability.
Daves apologized for these comments earlier in the campaign. However, during yesterday’s interview with Sky News, the Liberal candidate doubled his terminology, claiming that the “injury” is in fact “the right medical term.”
The Prime Minister was faced with many questions during the morning press conference on the Daves Salt, including whether he continued to support her, given that she is his captain for Waring.
“Yes, I am,” he replied. “We’re talking about gender reassignment surgery for young teens, and we can’t pretend it’s not a serious, significant problem. This.
“It’s challenging, and issues that need to be addressed are primarily in the well-being of the teenage child and their parents. We can’t claim that such an operation is a minor procedure. “
Pressing on whether he agreed with Daves’ definition of gender reassignment, Morrison said: “This is not a phrase I would use, or a phrase any prime minister would use.”
Asked if he regretted that his candidate had become a distraction during the election campaign, the prime minister answered about the gender pay gap.
Asked what was relevant to the issue, Morrison said he had chosen a “strong woman” who would like to represent the Liberal Party.
“Not everyone can agree with her point of view. I accept that. I also don’t think everyone will agree with what I want to say, “Morrison said.
“But … I was very firm in making sure that I would have more women members representing the Liberal Party in this election, and when I had the opportunity to have a direct say in it, I made sure it was proven and it fits my approach. ”
Deves hopes to get Waringa’s seat in Independent Hall MP Stegal, who ousted former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the last election. Historically, it is rare for independent candidates to lose an election when running for a second term. However, it happened at the neighboring Wentworth mansion in 2019 when Dave Sharma filmed Kerin Phelps.