Former MP Andrew Laming welcomes apology over 9’s award-winning ‘lewd photograph’ story, criticises Scott Morrison’s dealing with


Former Bowman MP Andrew Laming has welcomed an unreserved apology from 9 after he sued the broadcaster for defamation over a tv report aired final 12 months.

9 apologised to Dr Laming in Federal Courtroom on Wednesday morning over the published which claimed Dr Laming had taken a “lewd photograph” of a feminine employee.

“9News has now seen materials which signifies that the {photograph} Dr Laming took was not lewd in nature,” 9’s apology acknowledged.

“9News unreservedly withdraws these allegations about Dr Laming and apologises to him and his household for the damage and hurt brought on by the report.”

Dr Laming advised ABC Radio Brisbane 9’s settlement was the final in a string of high-profile apologies from media commentators and politicians following the March 27 tv broadcast.

He didn’t touch upon any monetary settlement from the broadcaster, however mentioned he welcomed the settlement which averted a three-week trial in October.

“I can solely affirm an apology has been obtained and posted by 9, and a lot of tales will likely be eliminated together with video hyperlinks to tales from that interval,” he mentioned.

“And that is actually essential to me, as a result of whilst you’ll by no means erase or excise the extremely damaging private nature of those accusations, you may solely actually paper them over with a call at this time and transfer on.”

Dr Laming mentioned he believed Australia’s defamation legal guidelines had labored appropriately and he believed the media “do an excellent job”.

9’s story from March 27 final 12 months gained a number of awards on the Queensland media awards, the Clarions.

The MEAA, which runs the Clarions, mentioned it was contemplating the matter.

The report additionally gained a Walkley journalism award, and the Walkley Basis can be contemplating the matter.

Neither physique is making any additional remark right now.

Laming ‘bitterly upset’ by Prime Minister’s lack of ‘due course of’

9’s report aired on March 27, two days after allegations of on-line trolling had been levelled at Dr Laming by two Redland constituents over interactions with him on-line.

Then Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered Dr Laming to apologise in parliament over the alleged trolling.

Andrew Laming mentioned he was “bitterly upset” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s failure to afford him “due course of”.(ABC Information: Jon Sambell)

Dr Laming apologised in parliament on March 25 for the misery the ladies felt, however later withdrew his apology.

On Wednesday, Dr Laming advised ABC Radio Brisbane he believed on the time an apology was fully cheap, and that as a part of the LNP “crew” he was anticipated to take action.

“I actually had no selection however to try this, I assumed that was essential, however looking back it is turned out to be a presumption of guilt for many individuals and has really additionally aggravated the scenario,” he mentioned.

On March 26 in a press convention, Mr Morrison labelled Dr Laming’s alleged feedback to the ladies “disgraceful”.

The following day – earlier than 9’s tv report aired – Mr Morrison additional mentioned he was arranging for Dr Laming to “get applicable help by an applicable course to construct his understanding and consciousness about his actions”.

Dr Laming mentioned “hysteria” on the time had price him his political profession and brought on immense misery to his spouse and two daughters.

He mentioned he felt “bitterly upset” by the dearth of assist given to him by Mr Morrison throughout that point, leaving him feeling “notably uncovered”.

“In fact, I am bitterly upset at two ranges – [Scott Morrison] failed to present due course of, did not acquire particulars of those accusations, appeared me within the eye and mentioned that there wasn’t an issue and inside a day had performed a press convention calling me disgraceful,” he mentioned.

Mr Morrison has been contacted for remark.



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