Greens Candidate Won't Apologise For Whacking Morrison Piñata
Jim Casey says he doesn't have "anything to apologise for" after a video surfaced of him hitting a piñata with Scott Morrison's face on it.
Casey -- running for the Sydney seat of Grayndler against incumbent Labor MP Anthony Albanese -- has defended his conduct over the incident.
"I'm an ordinary bloke, a firefighter by trade. I live a normal life, and sometimes that involves hitting a pinata with a stick," he told 10 daily.
The inner-west resident is running for Grayndler for the second time, after coming up short at the 2016 election.
Video has now emerged of Casey at a Sydney house party in 2018, wearing a blue singlet and a blindfold, taking a whack at a piñata bearing the image of Prime Minister Morrison.
"I killed him," Casey exclaimed in the video, after the crowd in the backyard cheered a solid whack with the stick.
The Greens candidate said the piñata was filled with chocolate.
"This just feels like an absolute beat-up. I was at a party, I hit it with a stick. The fact we're talking about it at all is shameful," Casey said.
Much media reporting has focused on allegedly controversial behaviour of young Greens members in recent times.
Sydney candidate Matthew Thompson has been the focus of several articles regarding Instagram posts he uploaded from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and from a nightclub. (Thompson said his posts reflected a life of "being a proud and fabulous member of the queer community in Sydney.")
The stories opened a discussion over whether aspiring young politicians should have to sanitise their past, especially on social media.
Casey said parliament "deserved" politicians who had lived relatively normal lives, claiming most politicians come from privileged backgrounds.
"The issue here is there's too much professionalising of the political life," Casey said.
"That sameness of candidates is symptomatic of the sameness of parties themselves. Our democracy is weaker for the lack of representation of ordinary working people."
When asked if he wanted to apologise for the video, Casey declined.
"I don't think I have anything to apologise for. I'd far prefer to talk about what's happening with our climate, our industrial affairs laws, about why people can't afford to live in Sydney. There are questions far more pressing than this."
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