Defence Minister David Johnston has apologised over his comments regarding the government’s ship building company, admitting “there’s no room in federal politics for what a politician actually thinks”.
Mr Johnston received criticism from both the Opposition and his own party over his statements that he wouldn’t trust the Australian Submarine Corporation to “build a canoe”, after how it handled the multi-billion dollar Air Warfare Destroyer Program.
“It’s unacceptable conduct,” said Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in reference to the outburst.
“Can you imagine if I went around saying honest things like that? Blubbering the whole time, commenting on how hopeless and invisible I am. It’s not on,” he said breathing into a paper bag.
Mr Johnston’s cabinet colleagues were equally critical, reminding the minister that honest thoughts are to be reserved for political memoirs, ensuring they’re never seen by anyone.