Abbott accused of new campaign 'gaffe'

Australian Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott (August 12th 2013) Mr Abbott's "suppository" slip went viral on social media

With the "suppository of wisdom" slip-up barely behind him (sorry, it's too easy), Tony Abbott has drawn more "gaffe" headlines after saying that a female candidate from his Liberal Party had "sex appeal".

Mr Abbott was out on the campaign trail with Fiona Scott, the Liberal candidate in the New South Wales seat of Lindsay, when he was asked about any similarities that she might have with the former Liberal MP for the seat, Jackie Kelly.

"They're both good, young, feisty. I think I could probably say they have a bit of sex appeal, and are just very connected to the local community," he replied.

Mr Abbott has put it down to being a "bit exuberant".

But this is the man who was famously accused of misogyny in a blistering speech by the then Labour Prime Minister Julia Gillard. And for his critics it will be fuel to the fire.

I guess the question is: will the Australian voters see it as a gaffe or not?

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    Comment number 12.

    London, While my last post, currently awaiting approval, agrees with you in some ways, your statement that Australia is 225 years old is really very racially biased. Australians, the real ones, have been here far longer than 225 years by many tens of thousands of years.

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    Comment number 11.

    When abusing Australians for being backward and racist in their attitude, please keep in mind where that section, it certainly exists, of this great Aussie society came from, who sent them here, and why they were sent here. Europe, including the UK, has much to answer for on this side of the world, including the very worst aspects of the Australian lack of Culture.
    That said, Abbott is a Ass.

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    Comment number 10.

    It really bothers me when ill informed people make reference to Australia's lack of culture or racist history. You need to be reminded that the country is only 225 years old and was largely (conquered) and populated by the British. Any accusation of racism and lack of culture should be directly pointed back at you.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 8.

    Abbott only speaks what the majority think. After living in Europe for 6 years I was amazed at how socially 'primitive' Australians really are when I returned there. Don't get me wrong, it can be an asset as people have this welcoming and homely laidback attitude and it really is good to see, but it also comes with a smallmindedness born of a lack of modern politically correct liberal imprint.

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    Comment number 7.

    Souths NZ it's Rugby league and they're all tackles. I am not sure whether the BBC will allow this but does the squirrel grip involve an opponent's nuts!

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    Comment number 6.

    My favourite story of the week to come out of Sydney doesn't feature Abbott, as far as I'm aware.

    I will phrase it as a sports quiz question:

    Which sport uses the terms: chicken wing, the prowler & the squirrel grip?

    Great Aussie terminology widely used in the Sydney media.

    Bonus point for explanation of the any of the terms!

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    Comment number 5.

    rts, displays ignorance and prejudice. So in commenting on a sexist gaffe you refer to our former prime minister using a sexist, antiquated and offensive term. I suggest you need to improve your education or retire.

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    Comment number 4.

    #1 is a nasty and racist remark against the Australian people and best ignored.
    On better matters, it's really good to get a Blog from Oz, Jon:all the very best in your new job.Your main activity will of course be watching the Election campaign: and your suppository story is the sort we don't get here in UK-we have needed a good Oz reporter for a long time.Hope you like the country and election!

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    Comment number 3.

    Probably not a slip of the tongue:he probably thought that was the word: he's not the brightest spanner in the toolbox is he?
    Could Rudd pull it off ? Incredible if so.A few months ago, while the witch was in power,it looked like a landslide victory for Abbott. Now, it doesn't seem as if Labour will not be routed; and even if defeated, will remain a force.They got rid of Gillard in time perhaps?

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    Comment number 2.

    Expect a Rudd victory now. A foot in mouth too many for Abbott me thinks.

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    Comment number 1.

    These people have little culture. They are a product of their brutal and racist history. Hardly surprising.



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