/ 07 June 2024

That’s pushing things


Thursday arvo at Canberra Airport usually consists of a bunch of pollies pushing their way to the departure lounge after a sitting week – but yesterday there appeared to be a shove of another kind… The Australian says former federal Treasurer/Nine Entertainment Chairman Peter Costello pushed its journalist Liam Mendes to the ground after he asked why Costello hadn’t publicly backed Nine CEO Mike Sneesby since allegations of sexual harassment against the network’s former news boss Darren Wick came to light. Both Costello and Sneesby were said to be aware of the allegations when Wick resigned, but the chairman didn’t learn of Wick’s $1 million payout until after he’d left. “Mr Costello, you can’t do that…it’s all captured on camera,” Mendes said after biting the dust. Costello denied the assault and suggested Mendes backed into an ad bollard and fell over. “I did not lay a finger or a fist or anything else on him,” he said.

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