Posted on | September 8, 2013 | 27 Comments
Tony Abbott is the Liberal Party leader, but everything’s upside-down in Australia, so actually he is the conservative (“classic liberal,” i.e., free market) and his victory over the Labour Party was attributed both to his own disciplined campaign and the internal divisions that have riven Labour. Three years ago, Labour leader Kevin Rudd was ousted by Julia Gillard, who became Australia’s first female prime minister and, arguably, its worst. Abbott “made a paid parental leave scheme his ‘signature’ policy, while pledging to scrap the carbon tax and make billions of dollars of savings to bring debt down.”
Labor tried to portray Abbott as anti-woman because he said his daughters weren’t bad looking and that voters should support a Liberal candidate because of her sex appeal.
Abbott urges the contestants on Australia’s Big Brother programme to vote for him as “the guy with the not bad looking daughters”, prompting embarrassed giggles from the contestants.
This is just a Neutral Objective Fact: Abbott’s daughters are good-looking and if he takes a paternal pride in their looks, why not?
(Jon Huntsman’s daughters Abby and Mary Anne were the two best reasons to vote for him. It’s not their fault their dad’s a RINO.)
Anyway, we can expect Australia’s vigorous tabloid press (the U.S. has nothing like it, except the New York Post) will be treating us to lots of “Abbott daughter bikini photos” and “Abbott daughter boyfriend scandal” stories for the next few years. Life is good!