Sky News presenter Paul Murray unleashed a foul-mouthed rant against Labor from the air, calling the opposition leader “damn Albo”, and telling his audience to vote for the coalition.
An audio recording from the Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on Tuesday night shows the host of Sky After Dark making insulting remarks about high-ranking Labor figures and demeaning comments about transgender people while Defense Secretary Peter Dutton waited to be interviewed. It is unknown if Dutton heard the comments and he has been contacted for comment.
Murray was warming up the crowd for Sky’s Paul Murray’s Live Pub Test, begging them to vote for the Liberal and National candidates, rather than minor parties, to ensure a coalition election victory.
During the 10-minute monologue, Murray mocked former Treasurer Wayne Swan, the chairman of the ALP, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan and Sky News commentator and regular Nicholas Reece, Deputy Mayor of the City Council of Melbourne.
Murray laughed at Swan for coming to defend the Albanian when he accused the media of ‘disgusting’ gotcha journalism. “And again, what about Wayne Swan recently, screaming and moaning because ‘of course the press was mean to Albo, too mean to Albo,'” Murray said.
He called the opposition leader “damned Albo” when he told a story about two Labor leaders Albanian and McGowan who own poodles; and he said the shadow foreign affairs spokesman Penny Wong looked like a “mean girl”.
“Have you heard that Mark McGowan has a poodle like Albo?” he said.
“We have mean girl Penny Wong who pretends to be nice but still looks like a mean girl.
“We made Albo promise to own 40% of people’s homes. How good is that idea? albo bank? Honest dinkum.”
He appealed to the crowd to make sure everyone votes for LNP, because it is “your job” and “our job” to “build a buffer against the awakening in Victoria”.
“We’re going to build a buffer against the teal in Sydney,” he said. “We’re going to build a buffer against the bullshit that could be going on in places like Western Australia.”
Murray also spoke about transgender people and appeared to ridicule trans swimmer Lia Thomas, who made history as the first known transgender athlete to win a U.S. college swimming championship.
“A sheila with a penis swam faster than a bunch of women without a penis; who has a girlfriend with a vagina; but he’s a lesbian,” Murray said. “Welcome to 2022 folks, welcome to 2022. That’s their game and that’s the way they play.”
About Palaszczuk and her Labor team, he says: “Frankly, as I said before the election and I repeat now, flush them, Domestos [bleach] and flush again, when it comes to that crowd.”
Murray asks the audience to declare which regulars they like and which they don’t. They say they like Bronwyn Bishop, Mark Latham and Matt Canavan, but they don’t like regular Labor patrons Nicholas Reece and Stephen Conroy. Murray laughs and says that Reece is like a “bloated clown doll”, meaning he gets knocked down and always comes back for more, adding “he thinks he’s doing god’s work”.