Tanya Plibersek caught on hot mic: ‘Don’t say anything horrible about James Paterson’

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun7,2024
Key Points
  • Labor minister Tanya Plibersek was caught in a live hot mic moment on Sky News.
  • Plibersek was heard saying: “Don’t say anything horrible about James Paterson”.
  • Her comments cut off Paterson, who was on-screen.
has been caught talking about Opposition home affairs spokesperson James Paterson in a live microphone mishap during a Sky News television segment.
Plibersek was heard saying “Don’t say anything horrible about James Paterson” and “Get out of my way” in audio that ran on top of a live interview with Paterson on Thursday morning. The context of the latter remark is unclear.
Paterson was responding to questions about a Hamas-themed cake baked for a four-year-old’s birthday that had been referred to the Australian Federal Police, when he was interrupted by Plibersek’s microphone off-screen.

“It is a crime to glorify a listed terrorist in this country like Hamas, I’m not sure whether the cake meets that threshold,” Paterson said, before being cut off by Plibersek’s remark on not saying anything horrible about him.

A man with blue glasses.

Opposition home affairs spokesperson James Paterson laughed as Labor Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek cut him off saying ‘Don’t say anything horrible about James Paterson’ in a live television mix-up. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas

“I can hear Tanya Plibersek in the background there,” Paterson said, laughing, as the Sky host Tom Connell said: “We’ve had a little bit of a rogue microphone moment.”

As Plibersek said “Get out of my way”, the host said: “She’s coming in soon, not yet.”

Connell asked Paterson a final question about a man who was released from immigration detention and later charged with murder.

The segment then cut to Plibersek, this time on screen discussing the push to ban. She also talked about nuclear energy in Australia.
SBS News has contacted Plibersek’s office for comment.
Hamas is , which has gained power in the Gaza Strip since winning legislative elections there in 2006. Its stated aim is to establish a Palestinian state, while refusing to recognise Israel’s right to exist.
, is designated as a terrorist organisation by countries including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. New Zealand and Paraguay list only its military wing as a terrorist group. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted against a resolution condemning Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation.
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2 thoughts on “Tanya Plibersek caught on hot mic: ‘Don’t say anything horrible about James Paterson’”
  1. Why was Tanya Plibersek cautioning not to say anything negative about James Paterson in that live mic moment?

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