Scott Morrison has hauled in rogue Liberal MP Craig Kelly for a face-to-face dressing down over quack COVID-19 cures he has been pushing on social media.
His second attempt to rein in the NSW MP follows Mr Kelly’s televised clash with Labor’s Tanya Plibersek in the corridors of Parliament this morning.
Afterwards, news.com.au understands he was immediately hauled in for a dressing down by the Prime Minister.
Mr Morrison is understood to have made it “very clear” he cannot support his views nor his actions and asked him to refrain from airing views that are contrary to the accepted medical advice.
The Prime Minister bluntly told him that his actions were negatively impacting the government’s $6 billion vaccine strategy.
Government sources claimed that Mr Kelly has agreed to restrain his social media and support the government’s vaccine strategy.
News.com.au has contacted Mr Kelly for comment.
Earlier, Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek clashed with Mr Kelly accusing him of peddling quack COVID-19 cures in the halls of the press gallery.
The confrontation came just after yet another trainwreck media appearance, this one on the Today show where he was peppered with criticism.
She slammed Mr Kelly as a “taxpayer-funded nong” who needs to shut up.
“The government is spending $24 million on a campaign telling people to get vaccinated, and we’ve got a taxpayer-funded nong running around telling people not to,” Ms Plibersek said.
She said her mum lived in Mr Kelly’s electorate and she didn’t want her exposed to people who refused to get vaccinated.
“I don’t want them going to the shops, getting in contact with people who’ve refused to be vaccinated because their local MP is spreading conspiracy theories on the internet. He needs to shut up.”
Sydney radio host Ray Hadley joined the condemnation of Mr Kelly on his 2GB radio show discussing the clash with Ms Plibersek.
“Look, as well intended as I think Craig may be from time to time I think he’s got this one horribly wrong. And I just wished he would drop off,’’ he said.
“Because of your mum, because of elderly people.”
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Mr Morrison spoke with his MP yesterday before Question Time, news.com.au revealed, to express his unhappiness about Mr Kelly peddling quack COVID cures on his Facebook page.
Among his posts are the suggestion of using a treatment for hair lice in children for COVID-19. He has also compared mask-wearing in kids with child abuse.
He told Mr Kelly that critics were saying he was an anti-vaxxer. But Mr Kelly told the PM he had nothing to worry about.
“I reassured the PM that anyone saying that I’m anti-vaccine is grossly misrepresenting my comments,” Mr Kelly told news.com.au
Government sources also confirmed the PM has told the NSW MP in no uncertain terms that his activities were not helpful.
It follows months of criticism that the PM needed to take a stronger line with the MP for questioning public health measures.
Mr Kelly announced this week he is preparing to appear on a podcast with former TV chef and anti-vaxxer Pete Evans, who releases a daily stream of material questioning the vaccination strategy and masks on his social media channels.