The sayings of Mr Chastity Belt
This site will collect the more colourful sayings and comments of Australia’s Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, to help remind people of what they will get if they vote for him and the Liberals and Nationals. The interview with Abbott in the February 2010 edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly provides fertile ground. Feel free to send in other comments.
On sex before marriage
‘I would say to my daughters…[virginity] is the greatest gift you can give someone…’
‘I puffed on a marijuana cigarette, but I didn’t inhale.’
‘…I would like to see fewer abortions.’
On his six months paid maternity leave proposal
‘My thinking has moved on since then and I think … it’s very important that any national scheme doesn’t disadvantage small business.
From an article by Annabel Crabb on the ABC site The Drum quoting Abbott:
‘My father reckons that, as child in the north of England during the depression, he went to a kind of communist Sunday school where they sang the Red Flag instead of hymns. These are the disadvantages I have had to overcome!”
And from the same piece, talking about John Howard:
‘…the best political mind that conservative politics has produced in 50 years.’
On his political heritage (from Mark Metherell in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 November 2009):
‘[I am] the ideological love child of John Howard and fellow conservative Bronwyn Bishop.’
On climate change (from the Pyrenees Advocate):
‘The climate of science change is absolute crap.’
On boat people:
‘…in the right circumstances you’ve got to be prepared to turn boats around.’
On the possibility of him becoming Prime Minister
Readers might also like to have a look at The selling of Mr Abbott.