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Feeney apologises for tweet

Labor’s assistant defence spokesman David Feeney has apologised for tweeting a map of Sydney that labelled south-west residents as “bogans” and northern beaches residents as “bigots”.

The tweet comes after the Opposition attacked Prime Minister Tony Abbott for allowing media to photograph and film maps during a tour of the new ASIO headquarters on Wednesday.

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Those maps showed alleged terrorist hot-spots in Sydney and Melbourne.

Despite being allowed in to film the event, the ABC was later told by the domestic spy agency it would “appreciate if you do not publish”.

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A map tweeted by David Feeney suggesting locations of ‘bigots’ and ‘bogans’ in Sydney.

But the Prime Minister’s office later said the maps were unclassified, and not for “official use only”.

Mr Feeney has deleted the post, and said he was merely trying to make light of the Government’s changing position.

“I’ve removed the tweet, and I’ve made it plain that it was intended as a humorous caricature of the Prime Minister’s view, and to the extent it’s caused offence I obviously apologise,” Mr Feeney said, before leaving Parliament for the midwinter break.

Coalition MP’s hit out at the tweet, and called it irresponsible.

“It’s making light of a real, serious situation we have in national security, that’s probably very disparaging to Sydneysiders really,” said Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen.

“David Feeney is the spokesperson on defence, really he should be a bit more mature than that when it comes to issues of national security.”

-ABC

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