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Australian minister apologizes for ‘mad witch’ text to journalist

Peter Dutton sent the text after reading a column written by News Corp’s political editor Samantha Maiden

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Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has apologized to a journalist for mistakenly sending her a message calling her a “mad witch”.

Dutton admitted that he sent the text after reading a column written by Samantha Maiden, political editor for News Corp’s Sunday newspapers.

“I apologised to her straight away which she took in good faith,” the minister said in a statement late Sunday.

“Sam and I have exchanged some robust language over the years, so we had a laugh after this.”

Maiden said Monday she was not offended despite reports the message included some very strong language.

News Corp’s Daily Telegraph called the SMS text “blistering”.