Gaining momentum across everywhere but the mainstream media are allegations that Opposition leader Tony Abbott inappropriately touched Aboriginal author Ali Cobby Eckerman in an Adelaide cafe last March. Click here for the story in the First Nations Telegraph.
Linda Burney, NSW Deputy Opposition Leader comes up with the obvious: if correct then Tony Abbott has some very serious explaining to do.
Tony Abbott has released a statement:
Ms Eckerman’s claims are wrong.
As I stated when I wrote to Ms Eckerman at the time, I reject any suggestion that I acted inappropriately.
That, also, was the view of my friend who was with me in the café during our breakfast meeting.
The respected journalist and columnist, Christopher Pearson, who died tragically this month, was with me at the cafe. I spoke to him after Ms Eckerman made her complaint and he endorsed fully my version of events.
I would be concerned if this false accusation has only re-surfaced after Christopher’s death when he cannot again endorse my account.
This is nothing more than a baseless smear.
There is little else available on the story at this stage, but what is sticking in my mind is that Tony Abbott is not denying anything, only the claim from Ms Eckerman. He is not denying he was present. He is not denying an encounter with Ms Eckerman. He is not coming out with “I don’t remember”.
This won’t be all over the front pages of the media.
Ali Cobby Eckerman (courtesy of First Nations Telegraph)Follow @MigloMT