Australia's Tony Abbott in 'sex appeal' blunder
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire on Tuesday after touting the "sex appeal" of an election candidate.
Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with his conservative Liberal Party's candidate in western Sydney, Fiona Scott.
Abbott was asked about similarities between Scott and the woman who formerly held the seat, Jackie Kelly.
"They're young, they're feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal, and they're just very, very connected with the local area," said Abbott.