An Australian politician has come under fire after issuing a warning about 'anybody with an Irish accent'.
Marlene Kairouz - who is Victoria's consumer affairs minister - was speaking while advising residents against scammers.
A local news report claimed that 'men with Irish accents' have been a 'common feature' of scam reports.
Ms Kairouz, however, went one step further when advising: "If anybody knocks on your door that has an Irish accent, automatically ask them to leave."
Social media users have described the remark as 'offensive', 'racist' and 'outrageous'.
Ms Kairouz later took to Twitter to apologise, clarifiying: "Recent scammers have been backpackers from the UK & Ireland & I was giving this info to the public. I admit I delivered this msg poorly.
"I sincerely apologise for causing offence and my poor choice of words".
However, the apology also drew dozens of responses criticising her initial remarks, with some calling for a full televised apology.