Agrees to apologise
On Tuesday Mr Daley said he would apologise to anyone who was offended and had used “Asia” in the geographic sense rather than to complain about racial competition.
Chinese community groups didn’t have any immediate response to the comments, which were made when Mr Daley was deputy opposition leader.
The footage was shot by a freelance journalist at a “politics in the pub” function in the tourist town of Wentworth Falls. The journalist, Daniel Pizarro, said he placed an edited account of Mr Daley’s comments on YouTube, where it was ignored for six months.
“I put it up the day after I filmed it in the hope if I applied for a job someone would say ‘wow what a good job; maybe we should hire you’,” Mr Pizarro said. “Now people are just telling me ‘you have decided the NSW election’.”
Business lobby uses footage
About a week ago Mr Pizarro said he noticed that a section of video had been used in a short video ad produced by the NSW Business Chamber, which has expressed concern about Labor’s policies.
Mr Daley’s comments on foreign workers did not appear in the lobby group’s ad, but some remarks he made about tax did, Mr Pizarro said.
A spokesman for the Business Chamber didn’t immediately respond when asked if it was responsible for discovering or disseminating the remarks.
The Daily Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald didn’t say in their articles how they came across the same video on the same day.
Mr Daley, who is married to a woman of Mauritian heritage, said he expected “dirty tricks” from the Coalition.
The Liberal Party accused Mr Daley of making racist-like comments in the country and espousing multiculturalism in urban areas.
Mr Daley is a “two-faced hypocrite”, Coalition campaign spokesman Dominic Perrottet said. “He is trying to be Pauline Hanson in the Blue Mountains and Sarah-Hanson Young in the city.”
There is a degree of bi-partisan agreement on immigration policy between the Labor Party and Coalition in NSW.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has pushed for cuts, which she says are needed to give infrastructure time to catch up with the population.
Both sides want to be consulted on immigration levels by the federal government, which is preparing to reduce them, according to media reports.