Read the passive-aggressive email Dominic Perrottet’s staffer sent to a female voter concerned with ‘boys club’ pub appearance after lockdown
- Voter wrote to new Premier Dom Perrottet about his men-only pub photo call
- Staffer Adam Foda dismissed the concerns and said email was ‘inappropriate’
- Lisa Wilkinson revealed the email exchange, sparking a furious online backlash
- Premier Dom Perrottet was said to be ‘disappointed’ by the staffer’s response
A staffer in NSW Premier Dom Perrottet’s office has been hauled over the coals after he fired off a tone-deaf gender jibe reply to a concerned female voter’s email.
Adam Foda, also apparently known as Adam Fargo, sent an abrasive email to NSW resident Susan Eaton when she questioned the rookie premier’s photo call in a pub.
She said the pictures of a group of men standing and drinking at the bar sent the wrong message, and asked him to use his position to change the image of the state in future.
But she was stunned by the reply she received three hours later from the staffer in the Premier’s Epping electoral office in Sydney’s north-west.
A staffer in the NSW Premier office has been hauled over the coals after he fired off a tone-deaf gender jibe reply to a concerned voter’s email about this pub photocall with Dom Perrottet
The Project TV host Lisa WIlkinson (pictured) was forwarded the email exchange and blasted the reply on Twitter
‘There is no need to bring in Mr Perrottet’s gender into this – in fact, it is rather inappropriate,’ said Mr Foda’s brief and blunt passive-aggressive email.
‘I thought in 2021 we would have moved beyond such things.’
READ SUSAN EATON’S EMAIL IN FULL
I am very concerned that all the photos of the Covid re-opening in Sydney are of ‘men, either standing or sitting, drinking alcohol’.
I hope Dominic Perrottet understands that there would be an outcry in the media if it was ‘women, either standing or sitting, drinking alcohol’!
Of course, the women are at home, working, home schooling & doing the housework.
Dominic Perrottet, you have the opportunity to change some of these images for the state of NSW.
Please do so.
The Project TV host Lisa Wilkinson was forwarded the email exchange and blasted the reply on Twitter.
‘What a completely reasonable point for this NSW voter to make,’ she posted.
‘And what an utterly bizarre response from the new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s office.’
The tweet was liked almost 9,000 times and was retweeted almost 2,500 times, sparking a furious backlash among her followers.
‘As a former state government employee (QLD) who has responded to literally hundreds of ministerial correspondence- that is the most unprofessional and inappropriate response I’ve ever seen,’ wrote Vicki Scholfield.
‘Just the sort of sneering, patronising waffle you would expect from his office,’ posted another.
‘First a bloke telling us his religion is nothing to do with us and now his gender! Same script, obviously,’ added one. ‘The response tells us everything we need to know about the new Premier.’
The NSW Premier’s office later said they were ‘disappointed’ by the staffer’s reply and said they had spoken to him about it.
The email exchange came less than 10 days after conservative Catholic and dad of six, soon to be seven, Mr Perrottet took charge of NSW as Premier, following the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian.
The Project TV host Lisa Wilkinson was forwarded the email exchange and blasted the reply on Twitter
Lisa Wilkinson’s tweet (pictured) was liked almost 9,000 times and was retweeted almost 2,500 times, sparking a furious backlash among her followers
Mr Foda – who has since apparently deleted his LinkedIn profile which also gave his name as Adam Fargo – joined the Premier’s electoral office in November 2019.
His online bio said he had previously worked as a research assistant for former right-wing NSW Liberal kingmaker and ex-Justice Secretary David Clarke from April 2018.
In January 2019, he then became an acting office manager for Hawkesbury MP, Robyn Preston, who took over the constituency from Mr Perrottet in 2019.
Adam Foda (pictured) – who has since apparently deleted his LinkedIn profile which also gave his name as Adam Fargo – joined the Premier’s electoral office in November 2019
On Monday, Mr Foda was refusing to take calls about the exchange and all enquiries on the subject were referred to the Premier’s media team in Macquarie Street.
It’s understood he has been reprimanded for the email and now realises it was inappropriate.
A spokesman for the Premier said they had tried to reply again to Ms Eaton in response to the outrage but did not say if Mr Foda had offered an apology.
They did not respond to further questions on the matter.