The doctored image of Victorian upper house MP Georgie Purcell appeared on a Nine News bulletin on Monday night after she criticised the government’s decision to reject a ban on duck hunting.
Ms Purcell, the youngest woman in Victoria’s parliament, posted the original and the doctored image on social media X to call out the news channel.
“I endured a lot yesterday,” the Animal Justice Party member wrote, adding: “But having my body and outfit photoshopped by a media outlet was not on my bingo card.”
“Note the enlarged boobs and outfit to be made more revealing. Can’t imagine this happening to a male MP,” she said.
Nine News apologised following the outrage, blaming AI for “automation by Photoshop”.