Queensland’s Deputy Premier has sent a crowd into hysterics after a faux pas sounded like he called the Prime Minister a derogatory expletive. Speaking to a crowd of unions members and their supporters at a Labour Day rally, Steven Miles — who hasn’t been shy about criticising the federal government on policy issues — seemingly called Scott Morrison a c***, which he quickly replaced with the word “contrast”. That would fool the people—so the clown thought.
Labour Day crowd erupts into cheers after Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles’ C-word ‘stutter’
“Albo’s [federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese] here with us at Labour Day … while Scott Morrison’s charging 5,000 bucks a head to have dinner with him,” he said.
“What a cun — contrast.
“Don’t we need … contrast. It’s contrast.”
Hundreds of people erupted into a cheer after the Deputy Premier’s slip of the tongue.
Mr Miles is adamant it was an honest mistake.
“Oh look, I understand that I might have stuttered while speaking earlier and that some in the crowd might have misheard what I said,” he told media afterwards.
“I want to be very, very clear — whatever I think of the Prime Minister, I would never, ever use language like that.
“So I want to be very clear … ‘contrast’ was the word I was using.”
Large crowds march through Brisbane streets for Labour Day.(ABC News: Emma Pollard)
The Prime Minister’s office told the ABC there was no fundraiser planned, and Mr Morrison was not going to stand up today to comment on the incident.
The faux pas came as hundreds of people marched across the state for Labour Day, with a focus on security and equality in the workplace.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was out west, marching in Barcaldine and promising a review of industrial relations laws.