Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she has no intention of speaking to Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones or appearing on his program.
Making her first public remarks since the story broke on Sunday, Ms Gillard said she knew there was media interest in her views but she wouldn’t be sharing them.
‘It’s not my intention to make any comment about that matter,’ she told reporters in Launceston.
‘The only thing I want to say is this: both I and my family have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for us since the death of my father.
‘From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank Australians in their tens of thousands who have been so warm and so supportive at what has been a very difficult time for us.’
Asked whether she would appear again on Jones’ breakfast show on Sydney radio 2GB, she said: ‘No, I would not. I haven’t spoken to Mr Jones and I don’t intend to.’
Jones told a Sydney University Liberal Club function last month Ms Gillard’s father John ‘died of shame’ over his daughters political ‘lies’.