Christopher Pyne has come out in defence of Tony Abbott today following rumours the Prime Minister snubbed the partner of Australia’s ambassador to France Stephen Brady.
The incident happened at the Paris airport on the Prime Ministers visit to France on Anzac Day. Multiple sources have revealed Stephen Brady was on the airport tarmac with his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, waiting to meet the incoming plane around 7pm Paris time. An aid from the Prime Minister’s travelling party sent an instruction saying that Mr Stephens should not take part in the greeting but should wait in the car.
It is understood that no explanation was given, and Mr Brady was “furious”. The ambassador has now offered his resignation.
The bizarre incident has had widespread media attention. This morning Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne has defended the Prime Minister’s actions saying “Tony always asked that I wait in the car, it has happened on multiple occasions, I don’t know what all the fuss is about, I don’t know what the problem is.”
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