Dominic Perrottet admits he dressed as a Nazi for his 21st birthday party – with the NSW premier issuing a grovelling apology as mystery photo ‘circulates’
- The NSW Premier, 40, said he regrets the decision to wear the costume
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has apologised for wearing a Nazi uniform to his 21st birthday party.
The photo is reportedly circulating amongst colleagues.
Mr Perrottet, 40, said he was naive and regrets the decision while speaking to reporters on Thursday.
‘I was naive. I didn’t understand the significance of that decision,’ he said.
‘At that age in my life I just did not understand the gravity and the hurt of what that uniform means to people, not just in our state … but around the world.
‘I’m deeply ashamed of what I did and I’m truly sorry for the hurt and the pain this will cause for people right across our state, and in particular, members of the Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, veterans and their families.
‘I am truly sorry … I am not the person I was when I was 21.’
When asked why he didn’t come clean about the costume earlier, Mr Perrottet admitted ‘maybe I should have’.
‘There have been times throughout many years where I’ve thought of speaking about it,’ he said.
‘It’s been a difficult thing and the longer I’ve gone on in life, the more I’ve felt the pain of that.’
More to come