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Annastacia Palaszczuk defended Deputy Premier Steven Miles after his X-rated “sleep of tongue”

Annastacia Palaszczuk defended Deputy Premier Steven Miles after his X-rated ‘ sleep of tongue” during a Labor Day speech aimed at the Prime Minister.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended her deputy, claiming he acted “a bit stupid” and that he needs to grow into the responsibilities of his job.

A day after Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles stunned the crowd when he stumbled over a Labor Day speech at a Brisbane march and appeared to call Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “C***” Ms. Palaszczuk said her deputy took his responsibilities “incredibly seriously”.

“He apologized for that and he didn’t mean it and everyone has a slip of the tongue,” she told a news conference attended by her Treasurer, Health Minister, Agriculture Minister, Tourism Minister and Water Minister but not Deputy Premier.

The press conference was held in the presence of all the ministers after a cabinet meeting in Longreach.

Mr. Miles had earlier attended a photo event with Ms. Palaszczuk, Treasurer Cameron Dick and Agriculture Minister Mark Furner at Longreach saleyards but did not speak there.

Mr. Morrison had previously admitted to Mr. Miles that Monday’s misstep was a wrong pass, but said “he has a habit of carrying on like a bit of an idiot”.

The prime minister told Sunrise, “I will let him defend his own thing. He should sort of step up to the responsibility of his position.”

“But just for the record, I was at home watching Shrek the musical with my daughter.”

There was no ceremony that night.

“So, you know, he can’t even get that bit right.”

In a slip of the tongue, Mr. Miles called Mr. Morrison “C***” because he criticized him as he was in town and for “holding the $5000-A-seat fundraisers.”

He told the rally that “Albo’s (Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese) here with us at Labor Day while Scott Morrison charging $5000 a head to have dinner with him.”

He later said that he had made a “a slight stutter” and “whatever I think of the Prime Minister I will never use the language like that again.”

Mr. Miles has copped criticism in recent months for claiming that Mr. Morrison was using the vaccine rollout to distract from the federal parliament’s “women’s problem”, to scatter NSW’s hotel quarantine bill and to refuse to pay it,  and for holidaying in Byron Bay while publicly highlighting the plight of  Queensland tourism operators.

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