Hawke condemns Alan Jones

Mitchell MP Alex Hawke has condemned the comments made by broadcaster Alan Jones that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s late father, John Gillard, had ‘‘died a few weeks ago of shame, to think that he had a daughter who told lies every time she stood in the Parliament.’’

The past NSW Young Liberals president confirmed he attended the event, at which Jones was a guest speaker, in support of the group and the Sydney University Liberal Club held at the Waterfront restaurant last weekend.

He said he did not hear the comment made in the course of Jones’ hour-long presentation to about 100 students and others.

‘‘Having now heard them I condemn these comments unequivocally,’’ he said.

‘‘I am glad to see Mr Jones has offered a public apology and has also offered the Prime Minister a private apology. This is as it should be.

‘‘Attempts by the Labor Party to link these shameful comments in any way to Tony Abbott are a naked attempt to gain political advantage from this unfortunate episode and should be rejected.’’

Sponsors including Honda Australia, Hyundai and Telstra have since withdrawn their support from Jones’ radio program.

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