Wednesday 3 August 2022 05:36 AM Minister blames 'fat thumbs' for tweet on fired MP - but is more going on given ... trends now
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has blamed 'fat thumbs' after retweeting a message slamming his government's 'double standards' over the sacking of female minister - a woman he had previously been embroiled with in a sexting scandal.
Mr Kean retweeted a post blasting the NSW Government for taking 'swift decisive action against a woman' following the sacking of Eleni Petinos - comparing it to the treatment of Stuart Ayres and John Barilaro in the New York 'dream job' saga.
Mr Ayres was still Trade Minister at the time of the tweet, but he has since resigned after a draft report found he may have breached the ministerial code of conduct.
Ms Petinos was sacked over allegations of bullying, including that she called a staff member 'ret**ded' and 'stupid', which she strenuously denies.
The tweet shared by Mr Kean read: 'The perception among women: something very rotten in NSW govt.
'Swift decisive action against a woman accused over the 'possibility' of unsafe workplace practices, & yet… the Barilaro/Ayres situation? Double standards.'
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean (left) is pictured with fellow Liberal MP Eleni Petinos, who he had previously sent an explicit sext message to
Pictured is the controversial retweet from Matt Kean that he subsequently deleted and blamed on 'fat thumbs'
The retweet was quickly deleted by Mr Kean, who later said he 'discovered my account here did some unauthorised retweeting earlier'.
'There's now an official ban on fat thumbs in my office, and I'm calling on Twitter to move the 'retweet' button safely to the top corner, out of harm's way!' he wrote.
On Wednesday morning 2GB radio host Ben Fordham said 'Apparently he's got a faulty thumb, or is there something deeper going on in the NSW government?'
Mr Kean's explicit sexting messages to Ms Petinos - he texted 'Really need to f**k you' - from December 2017 were previously exposed by his former girlfriend.
On Monday, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said Ms Petinos' situation and that of Mr Ayres' were entirely separate.
'One goes to behaviour and a safe workplace … I made the judgment call that Ms Petinos needed to stand down,' the Premier said.
Ms Petinos texted Mr Kean: 'Just got your Christmas card you're absolutely gorgeous - love you xx'
Eleni Petinos, who was sacked over bullying claims she strenuously denies, is pictured promoting a suicide prevention charity
Ms Petinos denied the 'allegations' against her at