Naomi Wolf calls on Angus Taylor to correct 'inaccurate' speech

Prominent feminist author and journalist Naomi Wolf has called on Energy Minister Angus Taylor to make a correction to Parliament over alleged inaccuracies in his maiden speech.

Ms Wolf released a half hour-long recording on Thursday morning of a late night phone call (AEDT) with an unnamed staffer in Energy Minister Angus Taylor's office in which she castigates the Minister for claiming to have lived down the corridor from her in Oxford in 1991.

Prominent feminist author and journalist Naomi Wolf in 2017.

"I wasn't there in 1991, he couldn't have seen me, and he stated that I lived a few doors down, that's not correct... I was in New York", Ms Wolf says in the call she made via Skype from Massachussetts and does not disclose is being recorded until the end of the conversation.

Ms Wolf cites witnesses who stayed with her in New York and public reports of a book tour she was on that year to back up her claim that she was not in Oxford in 1991.

"Let me clarify, Mr Taylor recalls seeing you at Oxford," the staffer says. "Mr Taylor does not suggest in any way, and this clarification has been provided to Australian media who have reported on this matter, that you were campaigning against, quote unquote Christmas."

Mr Taylor said in his maiden speech to Parliament in 2013 that he first encountered "political correctness" at Oxford, where in 1991 "a young Naomi Wolf lived a couple of doors down the corridor".

Energy Minister Angus Taylor during Question Time at Parliament House in early December 2019, where has has faced intense scrutiny from the Opposition.

"Several graduate students, mostly from the north-east of the US, decided we should abandon the Christmas tree in the common room because some people might be offended," Mr Taylor said in the speech.

He said that a group of more "mainstream" students pushed back successfully against the bid to remove the Christmas tree.

"He publicly, verbally mis-stated where I was, what I was doing and implied to Parliament that I was warring against Christmas," Ms Wolf says. "I have been trying to get this corrected for three or four days now."

The staffer repeatedly asks Ms Wolf to put her concerns in writing because of the hour of the call, which he says near the end of the call is taking place at about 1am.

Ms Wolf declines because she wants to be able to ask follow up questions.

Mr Taylor's office has been contacted for comment.

The embattled Minister has faced intense scrutiny from the opposition and the media this week over the use of an allegedly forged document to attack City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore on climate change.

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