Hadley won’t apologise

Staff Writer

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan has taken 2GB's Ray Hadley to ACMA.

It's all over an interview Hadley had with shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey late last month, where they discussed a proposal to cut free bottled water and fruit for school kids visiting parliament. The story was soon after reported to be a draft proposal which had been rejected.

In the interview Mr Hockey called Mr Swan a liar and Hadley said,

"I don't think he's lying, I just think he's a complete boofhead that didn't know what was happening."

He also accused Mr Swan of lying before the election by saying claims there would be a carbon tax were "hysterically inaccurate".

The Deputy PM's office contacted Hadley's program and demanded a retraction concerning the bottled water and snacks. Hadley says he did go to air with a correction the next day.

Mr Swan's complaint to ACMA claims Hadley should have issued a correction and his program should have called Mr Swan's office before the Hockey interview.

Hadley told the Daily Telegraph that it was the first time he had been referred to ACMA by a politician, and he would not say sorry.

"They are trying to stifle debate in print (through proposals for media regulation), now he's trying to hop into the electronic media. I have been doing this for nearly 20 years, and to my knowledge no politician has gone to ACMA or the governing body looking for a remedy."

Read the full story in the Daily Telegraph here

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