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Jones again attacks Ardern who brushes off 'sock down her throat' comment

Shock jock Alan Jones has gone on the attack against New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a second day after she brushed off his comments that Prime Minister Scott Morrison should "shove a sock down her throat" following her criticism of Australia on climate change.

Jones made his widely condemned comment on 2GB radio on Thursday morning after Ms Ardern warned at the Pacific Island Forum in Tuvalu that Australia "will have to answer to the Pacific" on climate change.

Alan Jones tells Scott Morrison to 'shove a sock down throat' of Jacinda Ardern.

Alan Jones tells Scott Morrison to 'shove a sock down throat' of Jacinda Ardern. Credit:AAP

Speaking to reporters at the forum on Thursday night, Ms Ardern declined to weigh into the debate over Jones' tirade.

"I don't know that I'm going to give that the light of day, that comment. I think I'll just leave it where it is," she said.

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He also called Ms Ardern an "utter lightweight" and a "clown" during the show.

Mr Morrison condemned the comment on Thursday, saying it was "way out of line".

Jones partially walked back his words in a statement on Thursday, saying he was "misinterpreted", but refused to apologise.

On Friday morning, he returned to the subject, continuing to berate Ms Ardern and reading out messages of support from listeners, including one he claimed was from "a very prominent female political figure" who said, "Alan don't worry, I haven't met a man more supportive of women."

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Jones repeated his comments that "Jacinda Ardern has no idea what she's talking about" and called her a "hypocrite" and "gormless", saying: "She has duplicitously excluded agriculture, New Zealand's primary source of greenhouse gas emissions.

"I used the language earlier on and, forgive it, but this is the farting and burping livestock, 50 per cent. So when is Jacinda Ardern going to start culling the dairy herds in New Zealand?"

He then suggested the climate change being faced by Pacific Islanders was a "hoax".

"Even if you accepted that, and you accept that carbon dioxide creates the problem, whatever Australia does or doesn't do at home will make no difference whatsoever to their plight," he said.

The broadcaster previously attracted wide condemnation over his comments about former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, for which he later apologised. He said she should be "shoved in a chaff bag" and that her father had died "of shame".

Jones is the most listened to Sydney broadcaster in his timeslot.

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