Tuesday 16 August 2022 02:10 AM Sky News host Chris Kenny labels Peter FitzSimons as 'out of touch' after ... trends now
Peter FitzSimons has been called out over his 'hypocrisy' following his public quarrel with Indigenous Senator Jacinta Price.
The pair have been exchanging accusations through the media about an interview he conducted about the senator's opposition to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Kenny, who, like FitzSimons, supports a Voice to Parliament, labelled his discussion with Senator Price as 'rude and aggressive' before comparing the lived experience of the two in relation to Indigenous issues.
Sky News political commentator Chris Kenny has called out Peter FitzSimons (pictured with wife and Project host Lisa Wilkinson) over his 'hypocrisy' following his interview with Aboriginal senator Jacinta Price
Senator Price (pictured) has been trading blows with the Sydney Morning Herald columnist after the pair had an interview about an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, which Price is against
'FitzSimons's questions to Price as transcribed and published in the SMH were rude and aggressive enough; slurring an Indigenous woman as racially divisive, just because he disagrees with her on a political proposition, when she has only ever campaigned to tackle grassroots dilemmas,' Kenny wrote.
'We can only imagine how the full one-hour discussion would sound on tape.'
The former political advisor said that if FitzSimons and The Sydney Morning Herald were 'comfortable' with how the interview was conducted, they should release the tape and let the public decide.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants a body enshrined in the Constitution that would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.
A referendum is needed to change the Constitution. The vote will need support from the majority of Australians in the majority of states to be successful.
The question that could be put to Australians is: 'Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?'
Price has already called for the tape to be made public.
Kenny also referenced political cartoonist Johannes Leak's comic, which depicts both the senator and FitzSimons to further illustrate his point.
The cartoon sees Jacinta Price 'in the outback' talking about how she has spent her life in remote communities, while FitzSimons is 'at the other end of the line, in his mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour, telling her that this was why she was so out of touch'.
Kenny suggested the approach of 'elites' such as FitzSimons to those with opposing views was not helpful to people advocating for an Indigenous Voice to