Jones: John Gillard 'died of shame'

CONSERVATIVE shock jock Alan Jones faced media on Sunday following widespread outrage of his comments to a Young Liberals event that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recently-deceased father John Gillard "died of shame".

Mr Jones also told the crowd her public grief for father - a former psychiatric nurse - led to an improvement in her polling.

Mr Gillard died at 83 on September 8, prompting Ms Gillard to return home from abroad. News of the comments broke late Saturday night on Twitter, with a swift rebuke delivered by former Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull who described the attack on Ms Gillard as cruel, offensive and needing an apology.

After the apology from Mr Jones, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott described the radio personality's comments as "completely out of line".

His comments came to light after a Daily Telegraph journalist bought a ticket to a small event for the Sydney University Liberal Club.

In his apology speech, Mr Jones said the "dying of shame" comment was something said to him at an afternoon party for his god-son that he regretted repeating.

He explained the comment as something said by people desperate for a change of government, describing their feelings and "black parody" humour as similar to those who fought in the trenches of Gallipoli.

When asked if he would consider resigning, Mr Jones responded, "Of course not" saying many were using this mistake as a way to neutralise him.

He said he did not personally dislike the Prime Minister, just her policies.

A list of companies that advertise with Mr Jones' show on 2GB has now been circulated with Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt calling for a boycott.

Mr Jones said he had so far failed to speak to Ms Gillard to apologise personally, although the Prime Minister has told other media she had no desire to talk about the comments.



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