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Bruce Baird, the former member for Cook, Scott Morrisons current seat, has come out and defended the PM against allegations he racially vilified a contender in a preselection battle in 2007.

He [Morrison] worked with me for two years when I was on the Tourism Council and I never heard him use racist terms.

I’m sure that people who are opponents of Scott and of the Liberal party would raise it for their own reasons, and Towke was feeling concerned because he’d lost the preselection … but in terms of all my dealings, and I was around him all the time, never once did I hear that allegation.

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