'No place' for sexism in Australia, says Rudd as Abbott laughs off blunder
SYDNEY (AFP) - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said there was "no place" for sexism, racism or homophobia in Australia as election rival Tony Abbott laughed off his touting of a candidate's sex appeal.
Mr Abbott came under fire after praising the female conservative colleague while campaigning in western Sydney on Tuesday, renewing debate over misogyny in Australia which raged during former leader Julia Gillard's time in office.
Mr Rudd, who ousted Ms Gillard as Labor leader in June, condemned the remarks.
"If any male employer stood up in a workplace anywhere in Australia and pointing to a female staff member, said, 'This person is a good staff member because they've got sex appeal', I think people would scratch their heads at least and I think the employer would be finding themselves in serious strife," he told reporters.