Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Jamie Briggs should not have shared a picture of a female public servant who whined about his behavior on an international excursion.
But he says inquiring the way the image ended right up in the media was not likely to be productive.
On Tuesday the prime minister repeated his disapprobation of the sharing of the picture telling reporters it was ‘definitely the incorrect action to do’.
Working Opposition Leader Penny Wong had encouraged Mr Turnbull – who recognized from coming, the publishing of the image could dissuade victims of sexual harassment – to inquire the method by which the photograph was leaked.
Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite after reiterated the calls for an inquest.
‘If the prime minister is going to be a true leader … he’ll launch an investigation into how this photo was leaked to the media and whether or not Peter Dutton’s behaviour was appropriate for a cabinet minister,’ he told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.
Deputy Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said he expects Australian politics does not become excessively politically correct or too infertile as a result of the two events.
‘One of the great things about Australian politics is our informality and directness and I’d hate to lose that – even if there can be faux pas,’ the colourful MP told Fairfax Media.