Jay Weatherill has today attempted to shut down journalists’ questions on the serious issue of racism at a press conference, following the distribution of a racist Labor flyer against Liberal candidate for Elder, Carolyn Habib.
Instead, Jay Weatherill defended the material, did not think the flyer was offensive and refused to apologise.
“Jay Weatherill and Labor have today stooped to a new low in South Australian politics,” said Liberal campaign spokesman Rob Lucas.
“Jay Weatherill’s refusal to apologise for the Labor Party’s flyer not only demonstrates a complete lack of leadership, it also demonstrates that Labor is quite happy to say anything and do anything to get re-elected for another four years.
“There is no place for racism in SA politics – in fact, there’s no place for racism in Australia.
“Many people have fought hard against racism in the community – and here in South Australia, we have Jay Weatherill endorsing racist material.
“It is an absolute disgrace and South Australians would rightly expect better from the Premier of their State.
“This is the same Premier who stood up in Parliament and said he wanted to have increased civility and parliamentary standards.
“It’s completely outrageous that the Weatherill Labor Government would use this type of material and it’s completely outrageous that Jay Weatherill has refused to apologise.
“Jay Weatherill needs to demonstrate some leadership and apologise to Carolyn Habib and to the broader South Australian community for the disgraceful distribution of this material.”