Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has had to explain himself after a secret recording of a speech he gave at Canberra’s Mid-Winter Ball was leaked.
While the event is meant to be “off the record”, Turnbull said his speech was simply “a good humoured sort of roast” at a charity event to raise money.
“Well it is a great tradition, you know it’s a big charity fundraiser, they raised nearly $400,000 and it is a good humoured sort of roast really,” he told 3AW.
“The prime minister and the leader of the Opposition give a speech and poke fun at themselves and you know, often other politicians and so forth, but my speech was light-hearted, affectionately light-hearted and off the record.”
Turnbull admitted he was disappointed it leaked, saying it was a breach of protocol and a breach of faith but he reiterated that it was “good-natured”.
“It’s light-hearted, it’s affectionate, good-natured and the butt of my jokes was myself,” he said, adding, “you’ve got to have a laugh, we’ve got to lighten up. It’s stressful business, politics.”
He also joked: “I guess what that means is that next year at the Mid-Winter Ball I will read selected passages from Budget Paper number 2.”
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