A screenshot of released text messages purportedly showing Gladys Berejiklian calling Prime Minister Scott Morrison “a horrible, horrible person” has quickly debunked his assertions that she never sent the messages.
Mr Morrison claimed Ms Berejiklian “denies” sending the text messages on ABC’s 7.30 on Tuesday night.
However, Peter Van Onselen, Ten’s political editor, who initially presented the text conversations to Mr Morrison in January at the National Press Club, called his assertion a “out and out lie.”
At a news conference, NSW Premier Gladys Berejilklian had a serious expression on her face.
A screenshot of Ms Berejiklian’s claimed interaction with an unnamed Liberal government official was shared on Twitter by Samantha Maiden, political editor at news.com.au.
Ms Berejiklian accuses Mr Morrison of “actively disseminating misinformation” in the texts, which are followed by a response that brands him a “total crazy.”
Ms Berejiklian stated she had “no recollection” of the conversation after the texts were leaked.
Ms Berejiklian sent a follow-up message to Maiden on Wednesday morning, saying she was “disappointed and gutted” by Mr Morrison’s behaviour.
“Lives are at stake today and he is just obsessed with petty political pointscoring,” she allegedly said.
NEW: A second leaked text from former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian slamming the Prime Minister as being more concerned with “petty pointscoring” than human lives at the height of the deadly 2020 bushfires has emerged. https://t.co/6KkZvw5xA5 https://t.co/kyDxQ8OEJ2 pic.twitter.com/zYEFuCupzl
— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) April 5, 2022
Mr Morrison clashed with the host of 7.30 who questioned him why would the Australian public vote for him when “many” in his party did not trust him.
“I’ve never had time for the factional games in the Liberal Party… You get plenty of enemies,’’ he said, brushing off rising discontent within his party and stressing he and his cabinet were focused on the job at hand.