Dutton in hot water over loose thumbs

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person? It happens, right? Well, if that message is simply

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person? It happens, right? Well, if that message is simply “forgot to feed cat”, there’s no harm done. But if you’re the Minister of Immigration and you are describing someone as a “mad f-ing witch”, you want to make sure the correct person is at the end of the line!

According to RT online, Peter Dutton used this phrase to describe News Limited political editor Samantha Maiden in a text message intended for his mate, junior minister Jamie Briggs. Unfortunately, he sent it to Ms Maiden instead.

The comment was in regards to the journalist’s report that Mr Brigg’s distributed a photo of the woman who complained about his behaviour in Hong Kong, leading to his current state of disgrace, and was meant as a kind of “chin up” message for the South Australian MP.

Mr Dutton said in a statement this morning, “Sam and I have exchanged some robust language over the years so we had a laugh after this and I apologised to her straight away, which she took in good faith. I’m expecting a tough time in her next column.”

Ms Maiden told the Today show, “I had a Liberal MP accidentally text me this morning, clearly not meant for me, describing me as a bit of a mad witch for writing this story, which I thought was spectacular, and he apologised and said that he sent the text to the wrong person.

“I think some of these MPs are having a bit of a problem with their phones and they might just want to put them down,” she added.

However, according to The Australian, Malcolm Turnbull is less likely to see the incident as a gaffe, describing it privately as “completely ­inappropriate”. With all his tough talk on new ministerial standards, will the Prime Minister reproach Mr Dutton?

This is not the first time Mr Dutton has made a technological whoopsie – last year he had to apologise after making a poor-taste joke about rising sea levels while in the Pacific Islands, unaware that a nearby microphone picked up his words.


Do you think Peter Dutton should be held accountable for his mistake? Should he be sending messaged like this to anyone?


  1. He makes me sick, even just looking at his picture, he is a married man who tried allegedly to sexually harass a young staffer, not content with that he sent her picture out and her name her job description and her photo has now been leaked to the press. He not only tried to screw her once he has gone in for another attempt by leaking her information and now he is swearing at yet another woman

  2. This man should be sacked from Government NOW, he is a disgrace, he has NO respect for women at all

  3. What is wrong with our politicians? There seems to be a bunch of them who are just unpleasant, incompetent people. I know none of us is perfect, but good grief what low standards these parties have for candidates. I think they are so blind now and full of similar characters they have no hope of improvement. New political parties with credibility needed

  4. What chance do women in this country have in the fight against domestic violence, if the Ministers in Government are abusing and sexually harassing females? NONE

    • Yes that is the real issue Libbi. It’s the value set behind the mask that is problematic.

  5. I’m getting thoroughly fed up with incompetent fools being allowed to continue on the public payroll. Get rid of this one Malcolm or you will lose votes and plenty of them. You are, after all, judged by the company you keep.

  6. Our Politicians are making a habit of disgraceful behaviour, they are embarrassing not only themselves but all Australians. And no I don’t believe he made a mistake sending it to the wrong person, he just thought he has the right as a politician to tell her what he thinks of her and didn’t expect it would go any further.

    • Gail Riley  

      he’s just another worm in the apple….and watch him squirm now that his true self has been revealed publicly. He used the word ‘witch’ in that text and now saying it was meant for a fellow male??? Sorry mate – the public are not that simple!!

    • obviously meant for Briggs , talking about the public servant that reported Briggs.

    • Well she has accepted his apology.the f, word was used must be a liberal.she has surely helped abused women in gender abuse situations.

    • I think they will have to sharpen their act Tony, this is not only not acceptable behaviour from someone in Government , it really is shameful to read, this man is representing our country

    • Leanna Stephenson, I can honestly say “not in my name”. He might represent our country 😔 but I didnt put him there…….thank God!!!

  7. This grub has to be sacked he never made a mistake sending it to the wrong person it is just the LNP way of intimidation,standover,and bullying that this mob only knows. Sack him Mal isn’t this inappropriate behaviour or is it just the LNP way

    • He aught not be sending such rubbish to anyone. These are like primary school mentality, they are not mature individuals, to be carrying on as they do. They are disgrace, both labor and libs

  8. Second time for this man. First was with Tony and a live mike near him. He is not fit to hold high office if he is so insensitive in public. Hate to think what he is like in private.

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