Billi FitzSimons: Lisa Wilkinson’s daughter shut down by Penny Wong over question about if The Voice fails: ‘Don’t take it personally’
Lisa Wilkinson’s daughter was shut down by Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong after she asked her what would happen if the Voice referendum is not successful.
Billi FitzSimons, who is editor of social media news source The Daily Aus, shared a short clip from a recent interview with Senator Wong captioned ‘the moment she put me in my place’.
Ms FitzSimons, 25, was asking a follow-up question about the Labor government’s plans if – as polling suggests – the October 14 referendum fails.
‘The question is about if it’s not successful – are you not ready to think about…’ Ms FitzSimons asks before she is cut off.
‘Well, I’m not ready to talk to you about that, am I?’ says Senator Wong.
A stunned Ms FitzSimons nods and says ‘noted’ before Senator Wong laughs and tells her ‘but don’t take it personally’.
‘I will,’ jokes Ms FitzSimons, taking the awkward exchange in her stride.
Billi FitzSimons, 25, who was following in her mother’s footsteps by grilling politicians, was asking a follow-up question about the Labor government’s plans if – as polling suggests – the October 14 referendum fails when Foreign Affairs minister Penny Wong shut her down
However, it is not the first time she has had to deal with turbulence since landing the role as editor of The Daily Aus before her 25th birthday.
In June last year, the website had Photoshopped the German flag on the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, rather than the Aboriginal flag, which also contains red, yellow and black.
Just a day later Ms FitzSimons posted a job listing looking for a fact checker who has ‘meticulous attention to detail’.
The youngster has been listed as one of Australia’s ‘nepo babies’ given she is the offspring of journalistic royalty: her father Peter FitzSimons, a former Wallaby, is an author and journalist too.
Senator Wong told her not to take it personally
The pair were all smiles after the interview
Her mother Lisa got Ms FitzSimons her first job as a writer on Mamamia when she was still at university by calling in a favour with her old protégé Mia Freedman.
The star worked for Mamamia throughout university before landing a job as a political writer at the Daily Aus straight after graduating.
She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Government and International Relations, Digital Cultures in 2019.
But it has not all been handed to Ms FitzSimons: her father revealed earlier this year how she used to toil part-time in Domino’s for four years from the age of 14 to earn money while at school.