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Scott Morrison backs Katherine Deves as she doubles down on trans 'surgical mutilation' remark

Scott Morrison backs Katherine Deves as she doubles down on calling out ‘surgically mutilated’ trans teens

  • PM stands by Katherine Deves after doubling down on trans comments
  • Warringah contestant Ms Deves says it’s ‘correct’ to say teenagers are ‘mutilated’
  • Mr Morrison is happy to have candidates who ‘stand up for what they believe’

Scott Morrison is backing controversial Liberal candidate Katherine Deves after she refused to apologize for her transgender remarks, arguing there needs to be more women in politics.

Ms Deves doubled down on her description of trans teens as ‘surgically mutilated’.

When asked on Monday if she would apologize, the Liberal hopeful insisted the label was “correct” medical terminology.

Katherine Deves doubled down on her description of trans teens as ‘surgically mutilated’

Asked by reporters at a press conference in Sydney’s marginal Bennelong seat, the Prime Minister defended his choice for neighboring Warringah electorate, held by independent Zali Steggall.

“Not everyone may agree with his point of view,” Mr Morrison said.

“I was very determined to ensure that more women represented the Liberal Party in this election and where I had the opportunity to have my say, I ensured that was achieved. and consistent with my approach.’

Mr Morrison was ‘absolutely delighted’ to have recruited and appointed strong Liberal candidates who would ‘stand up for what they believe in’.

“That’s what being a liberal is,” he said.

Ms Deves apologized for how ‘people might have received’ her comments.

Scott Morrison backed Ms Deves when asked about her latest comments at a press conference

‘The fact that it’s confronting and it’s ugly, and I certainly don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But that’s the correct terminology,’ she said.

While campaigning in Bennelong, Mr Morrison pledged a 50 per cent federal contribution towards the construction of a $220 million bridge in Epping which aims to solve a long-standing bottleneck in the suburbs.

Later, Prime Minister and Jobs Minister Stuart Robert visited the Western Sydney job fair at Reid’s headquarters, hosted by the Liberals with a margin of 3.2%.

Mr Morrison toured the stands, spoke with job seekers and took selfies.

A woman approached the Prime Minister and asked how he would improve wages for women in non-traditional trades.

Mr Morrison said the government was investing around $10 million to support digital and manufacturing jobs for women, among other measures.

He noted that the gender pay gap had fallen from 17.4%, when the coalition won government in 2013, to 13.8%.

“There is always a pay gap,” the woman replied.

Mr Morrison said there was “more to do”.

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