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  Peter Dutton apologises to Labor Dickson rival Ali France for disability comment
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News DateSaturday, April 13, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPeter Dutton has apologised to his Labor opponent Ali France for suggesting she was using her disability as an "excuse" for not living in the Dickson electorate.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday defended Mr Dutton, saying he did not believe the Home Affairs Minister was using her disability as a basis of a political attack.

But Mr Dutton apologised on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

"My argument with the Labor candidate is about how our respective policies would affect the people of Dickson," he wrote.

Ms France, Labor's candidate for the south-east Queensland seat of Dickson, had her left leg amputated above her knee after a car crashed into her at a shopping centre in 2011.

She lives in the neighbouring electorate and said she has been looking for a wheelchair accessible home in Dickson.

Mr Dutton on Friday told The Australian there were plenty of people living with a disability in the electorate.

"A lot of people have raised this with me. I think they are quite angry that Ms France is using her disability as an excuse for not moving into our electorate," he said.
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