The mayor of Katherine says she is "disappointed" it took six months to get an apology from federal Health Minister Greg Hunt after a meeting when he treated her "boorishly and arrogantly", News Limited newspapers report.
Fay Miller says the minister used a string of expletives during the meeting in Canberra last December to discuss a health package for her town after chemical contamination from nearby RAAF Base Tindal.
Ms Miller told the Herald Sun Mr Hunt had acted aggressively towards her during the meeting and she had written to both him and to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking an explanation and an apology.
However an apology was only issued after the newspaper had submitted questions to the minister and Mr Turnbull on Wednesday.
The minister's office told the paper Mr Hunt had "apologised directly to the mayor for any language which may have caused offence" but denied he had behaved aggressively.
Australian Associated Press