The Kiwi that Soared | 60 Minutes Australia

Viewers have slammed 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley after he called Jacinda Ardern 'attractive in what has been labelled as a'patronising and'repugnant interview

The Kiwi that Soared | 60 Minutes Australia

A veteran Australian journalist came under attack in media and social media on Monday for an interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that focused on her age, appearance and imminent motherhood - rather than her policies.

Australian journalist Charles Wooley opened the segment by noting how attractive Ardern is, and later pressed on with a freaky line of questioning about her pregnancy, and the exact timing of the conception of her baby.

"I just wasn't particularly fazed by any of it", Ardern told reporters.

"We will ensure New Zealand's voice is heard on disarmament and arms control issues by reinstating the Cabinet position of Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control", says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time".

But becoming a mum isn't expected to slow Ms Ardern down - she says she'll be back running the country within weeks.

"There is one really important political question I want to ask you, and that is, what exactly is the date the baby's due?"

"It's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception as it were", Wooley said.

"I expect we will use this opportunity to take stock of the trans-Tasman relationship, including our Single Economic Market, and the situation of New Zealanders living in Australia".

So a couple of social media trolls with a handful of followers didn't like the 60 Minutes interview with Jacinda Ardern and all hell breaks loose.

Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on 60 minutes.

Another said the interview made her feel "queasy".

Clearly keen to move on, Ardern attempted to quash the line of questioning by emphasising that the "election was done, over" before the baby's conception date.

He admitted his wife had accused him of "gushing" but said: "If you say somebody is attractive, my thesaurus defines it as 50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings".

Ardern announced her pregnancy in January. "I think you got to be so careful with newspeak and thought crime and everything else; we suffer from the same thing in Australia", he told New Zealand's Newstalk ZB talk radio network.

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