NSW Treasurer Matt Kean introduces ‘fat thumb’ ban after retweeting post criticising his own government

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has blamed ‘fat thumbs’ in his office for a retweet on his official Twitter account appearing to criticise the NSW government and the former deputy premier.

He deleted the post hours later, jokingly calling on the social media platform to relocate the retweeting function and announcing “an official ban on fat thumbs” in his office.

“Discovered my account here did some unauthorised retweeting earlier,” Kean wrote on his Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

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The rectification came just hours after retweeting Australian author Nikki Gemmell, whose post criticised the NSW government and the New York job controversy engulfing former deputy premier John Barilaro.

Gemmell’s post appeared to suggest sexism in a comparison of the ongoing job saga involving NSW trade minister Stuart Ayres and Barilaro, with the “swift” sacking of NSW minister for safe workplaces Eleni Petinos.

Matt Kean has blamed a ‘fat thumbs’ for a post of his official Twitter account criticising the NSW government and deputy premier. Credit: AAP

“The perception among women: something very rotten in NSW govt. Swift decisive action against a woman accused over the “possibilty” of “unsafe workplace” practices,” Gemmell wrote.

“And yet … the Barilaro/Ayres situation? Double standards? Women have long memories-esp. when it comes to vote,” Gemmell wrote on in the retweeted post.

Once Kean deleted his retweet, he added: “There’s now an official ban on fat thumbs in my office.”

Kean called on Twitter to move the retweeting function from the social media platform to accommodate, writing: “I’m calling on Twitter to move the ‘retweet’ button safely to the top corner, out of harm’s way!”

One Twitter user commented on Kean’s explanation jokingly asked whether there would be an AFP investigation into the “unauthorised” post.

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