Sydney, Oct 13: An Australian opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to apologize for her fiery comments made in parliament this week, in which she branded Tony Abbott a ‘misogynist’.
“It is a vile slur, she should apologise to the women in Tony Abbott’s life, and she should withdraw it,” Federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop said.
According to the Herald Sun, Bishop, in her speech, accused Gillard of using her gender as a shield against criticism.
Gillard had blasted Leader of Opposition Abbott, calling him a ‘sexist’ and a ‘misogynist’ in the parliament as the Coalition Government failed to have Speaker Peter Slipper immediately sacked.
Gillard was responding to a motion put forward by Abbott to sack Slipper, who had survived a no confidence motion by one vote with key independent MPs backing his position.
Slipper was accused of sending text messages to his former staffer James Ashby, in which he made crude references to the female genitalia.
According to the report, Bishop defended Abbott’s personal and political record on women, describing him as a loving son, husband, brother and father of three daughters.
She pointed out that in his time as health minister with the Howard government, he focused on women’s health issues including a free national cervical cancer vaccine and a centre for gynecological cancers. (ANI)