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”.


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  • blairmulholland

    Too much facepalm.

  • dumbshit

    you don’t have to look at the mantle -piece when you stoke the fire

  • onelaw4all

    They all speak with australian accents….nuff said.

  • Patrick

    The funny thing is Rudd looked an absolute idiot pontificating on how disgraceful Abbott’s comments were. The weird expressions, the little hands, the bureaucratic dictatorial way in which he spoke. Seems to me the biggest loser out of this affair was Ruudd. He looks so effeminate, worried about his hair, not like a capable leader of Australia at all. Like or loathe Gillard (I am in the loathe camp) at least she looked like she could do the job. Rudd is a pathetic funny little man. The more the voters see of him the more they are reminded why he was despised before he was rolled by Gillard.

  • Andrei

    Well some men can admire a woman’s looks and even value her child bearing abilities without causing media meltdown – shit if a western pollie said what is said here the media’s collective heads would explode

  • Seems particularly harsh to me

    • Bunswalla

      She has a certain bovine charm, I’ll allow it.

      • Compared to most NZ women MPs, she’s Miss Universe!

  • LesleyNZ

    That is what all Australian women look like……………..

  • philbest

    I presume followers of WOBH are familiar with “the babe theory of political movements”?

    • Bunswalla

      Am now – cheers!

  • rockape

    Was this the same Rudd who abused air hosties?

  • Steve610

    He reminds me of Benny Hill

  • Trent Hamilton

    Found an awesome little joke about Kevin Rudd the other day that I posted on my blog. It’s a bit NSFW, so I won’t copy and paste it here (sorry if this seems like shameless advertising).