On the issue raised in New South Wales, I went into some detail about that on the weekend, as you would know. And the comments were made, she regrets* [them], and that is not how she is proposing to go forward in highlighting the very important issue that she has been a strong campaigner on.
She is a woman, standing up for women**, and girls and their access to fair sport in this country***. I’m not going to allow her to be silenced. I’m not going to allow her to be pushed aside as the pile on comes in to try and silence her.
I will stand up with her, my team is standing up with her, and we will make sure that she won’t be silenced.
I together with the [NSW] premier and the former president of the Liberal party, first ever president of the Liberal party, have to make some choices about the campaign, half of them were women.
I chose the woman who put herself through the solicitor’s administration board and stood up [for] women and girls in sport, and who was raising three of her own girls in that electorate right now, living in Manly.
I think she will make a great member of parliament … if she is elected as the member for Warringah, and I don’t think she should be silenced because she has views that others don’t agree with.