Bigotry Allegations Against Former Aussie Prime Minister Dishonest: Sister

Sydney Councillor Christine Forster has called the comments of British pundits and politicians “cheap political” potshots after they labelled her brother, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a misogynist and a homophobe.

The pundits comments came after Abbot gave a speech at the British think-tank Policy Exchange.

Abbott was in London to be appointed as a trade envoy for the United Kingdom. He will serve as one of 12 advisers to the United Kingdoms Board of Trade.

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott
Former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott
Former Australian PM Tony Abbott arrives for the fourth day of the Conservative Party Conference 2016 at the ICC Birmingham in Birmingham, England on Oct. 5, 2016. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Refuting jibes against Abbott, Forster wrote on Twitter: “It is nothing short of dishonest for commentators and politicians who do not know Tony to label him a homophobe and misogynist for the purposes of scoring cheap political points.

“As a woman who has always been part of his life and who came out to him as gay in my early 40s, I know incontrovertibly that Tony is neither of those things.

“In reality he is a man of great conviction and intellect: an unabashed conservative but with great compassion, respect for others, and an indelible sense of doing what is right.”

Forster said her brother would make an “outstanding trade envoy for the UK,” and cited his achievements while prime minister in bringing about trade deals with Japan, China, and South Korea.

While the Chinese Communist Party continues to use its tactic of diplomatic coercion against Australia—jeopardising trade in barley, beef, and tourism—trade with Japan and South Korea has grown since Abbots term as prime minister between 2013 and 2015.

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Australias Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann speaks during a press conference in Sydney in this file image. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Finance minister, Senator Mathias Cormann, who served in the role even under Abbott, also lept to his defence.

“From where I sit, Tony Abbott is clearly a giant on Australian politics who has made a great contribution over a long time,” Cormann told Sky News on Sept. 4.

“Not everyone will agree with him, but people are entitled to their views, and thats the way things work in a democracy,” he said.

During an interview on Sky News on Sept. 3, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock was pressed by host Kay Burley whether Abbot was the right person for the trade ambassador position given his alleged views.

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