Scott Morrison Told This Journalist To "Check The Transcript", So He Did
"Allegedly! Allegedly!" interjected Morrison as he was presented with the transcript of his remarks from 2014.
Former immigration minister Scott Morrison repeatedly refused to apologise during a fiery interview on ABC's Insiders on Sunday, after incendiary claims against asylum seeker support staff were found to be baseless.
On Friday, news broke of a secret compensation deal between the Immigration department and Save the Children staff who were removed from Nauru because of allegations they were teaching asylum seekers to self-harm.
ABC Insiders host Barrie Cassidy asked Morrison if he'd now apologise to Save the Children, but the former immigration minister stood firm and challenged him to "check the transcript".
Cassidy: This is what you said. You accused them of being political activists. You said they made false claims.Morrison: No Barrie I did not say that.Cassidy: Yes you did, I looked at the transcript.Morrison: I did not say thatCassidy: You said that they allegedly coached self harmMorrison: I said that on the evidence presented to me Cassidy: You said that they used children to protestMorrison: Allegedly, allegedlyCassidy: The allegedly applied to just one allegationMorrison: I said allegedly BarrieCassidy: To one allegation, that they coached self harm. There was no allegedly about them being political activists. There was no allegedly about them making false claims. Surely now you've paid compensation, that's a concession of guilt. It's time for an apology.Morrison: Barrie those evidences that were presented to me I had investigated fully by a proper process. I did the job I had to do in that situation.