Only in Australia

The left wing media and Kevin Rudd have jumped on a comment by Tony Abbott about a couple of his candidates. It is a massive over-reaction…but I guess when you are used to looking at Labor women you would find it astonishing that any candidate might have any sort of sex appeal.

Mark Latham though jumps in boots and all and reckons Abbott might have had his beer googles on.

Tony Abbott Day 9 Penrith Stadium

Does Mark Latham have a point?

COLOURFUL former Labor leader Mark Latham has leapt with both feet into the Tony Abbott “sex appeal” controversy, saying the Opposition Leader must have been drunk to think candidate Fiona Scott attractive.

“It showed very bad judgement and it shows he has low standards,” Latham told Melbourne radio station 3AW of the comments.

Mr Abbott caused an uproar on Tuesday when he described politician Fiona Scott, his candidate for the seat of Lindsay, as having “a bit of sex appeal” when he was comparing her to former Liberal member Jackie Kelly. 

The Opposition Leader was accused earlier today of sexism by Kevin Rudd, but Mr Latham took his criticism further and in a suitably strange direction this afternoon.

“I had a good look at Fiona Scott on page eight … and she doesn’t have sex appeal at all.

“She’s not that good of a sort.”

Interviewer Tom Elliot interrupted the one-time wannabe PM to tell him his comments were worse than the ones that landed Tony Abbott in hot water on the campaign trail yesterday.

“That’s worse than what Tony Abbott said,” radio announcer Tom Elliott said.

“You just can’t call a woman plain like that.”

But Latham was not to be dissuaded, accusing Mr Abbott of trying to win over male voters with the “daggy dad” moment.

“She’s a rather plain ordinary-looking woman and Abbott has exaggerated massively to try and win her vote among the blokes … ”

“Tony had the beer goggles on and in politics they say it’s showbiz for ugly people and I don’t think she’ll (Fiona) be out of place.”

“He’s gilding the lily here, he must have had the beer goggles on”.


Do you want ad-free access to our Daily Crossword?

Do you want access to daily Incite Politics Magazine articles?

Silver Subscriptions and above go in the draw to win a $500 prize to be drawn at the end of March

Not yet one of our awesome subscribers? Click Here and join us.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

33%