Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has made a subtle dig at NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet after he admitted wearing a Nazi costume to his 21st birthday party.
Mr Perrottet made the admission last week and has apologised to the Jewish community and others offended by the incident 20 years ago.
Mr Albanese, appearing on commercial radio on Monday morning, was asked whether he was wearing a costume – prompting a cheeky gibe at the embattled Premier.
“You’re not wearing fancy dress, I hope, Mr Albanese, are you?” he was asked on Triple M, to which he replied he was not.
“I understand this can end badly,” he said.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet last week admitted to wearing a Nazi costume at his 21st birthday party. Picture NCA NewsWire / Seb Haggett
The Prime Minister has stopped short of criticising Mr Perrottet, joining the likes of NSW Labor leader Chris Minns in saying the Premier’s admission was not career-ending.
Appearing on 2Day FM earlier on Monday, Mr Albanese was asked more explicitly whether he had anything to say about the admission.
He said he was “staying clear of that” and people would “make up their own mind” about the issue, especially at the ballot box in March.
“But I assure you that there’s nothing (from my past) like that. Nothing whatsoever like that,” he said.
“But I do think that I am lucky that I’m a bit older than Dom, and these days I think people with cameras around and with photos of everything, I’m sure there’s a few young people who will regret the invention of cameras on their phones in a few years.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made a sly reference to Mr Perrottet on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Brendan Beirne
Mr Minns on Saturday said Mr Perrottet had made a “massive mistake” but he respected his acknowledgment.
“I thought the apology was sincere, and I don’t think it will affect the election,” he said.
He also did not call for Mr Perrottet to resign.
“I didn’t know him when he was 21, so it is difficult for me to speculate on what he was or was not like during that period of time,” he said.
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