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Outgoing Australian politician says PM Abbott 'a sexist': report

Published on Jun 22, 2014 12:38 PM
 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a photo opportunity on June 12, 2014. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is "a sexist" rather than a misogynist, a retiring politician from his party said in an interview on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is "a sexist" rather than a misogynist, a retiring politician from his party said in an interview on Sunday, adding that he was just one of many in Parliament.

Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, who is leaving politics at the end of June, described former prime minister Julia Gillard's fiery misogyny speech in 2012 - which targeted Mr Abbott - as "powerful", and said it was "a brilliant speech" in building support for the country's first female leader.

But she told The Sydney Morning Herald Gillard should have labelled Mr Abbott sexist rather than misogynist.

"I think it would have been more accurate if she had called him a sexist," Boyce said.

 
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