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Julia Gillard accuses Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott of sexism

10 October 2012 Last updated at 12:07 BST

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's attack on the 'misogyny' of the leader of the opposition has gone viral.

Video of the speech in the Australian parliament, which criticised the behaviour and history of Tony Abbott, has attracted hundreds of thousands of views, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The exchange came amid a scandal over the speaker of Australia's Parliament, Peter Slipper, who sent lurid text messages to a former member of staff.

Gillard accused Abbott of hypocrisy when it came to criticising sexism.

Clip courtesy ABC Australia