Tony Abbott's sister, who is gay and marries her longtime partner with her brother by her side, has come to the former Prime Minister's defense after he was labeled a "sexist homophobe".
He has received widespread criticism from British politicians and commentators who followed him newly appointed trade ambassador for the UK.
The former Australian Prime Minister was even described by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on British morning television as a "misogynist, sexist and climate change denier".
He has also been criticized for saying that the elderly should die from coronavirus to save younger generations from the economic burden.
But his young sister Christine Forster has since published a very personal online statement defending her "compassionate and respectful" brother.
"It is nothing less than dishonesty for commentators and politicians who do not know Tony to label him 'homophobic' and 'misogynist' in order to score cheap political points," she said.
Tony Abbott's sister Christine Forster (picture, center) married long-time partner Virginia Flitcroft (left) in 2018 and is now defending her brother
Ms. Forster has since published a very personal statement (pictured) online defending her "compassionate and respectful" brother
"As a woman who was always part of his life and came to him as gay in my early 40s, I know indisputably that Tony is none of those things."
She married longtime partner Virginia Flitcroft in 2018.
Bronwyn Bishop, Australia's longest-serving politician, also jumped to Abbott's defense, saying he was a victim of the "nefarious character assassination".
"To say he's a misogynist is just wrong," she said on Sky News Australia.
& # 39; He has a good track record as a father of three girls and he has had chiefs of staff who were female.
“I've known Tony for over three decades and I've never seen him display any of those traits of misogyny.
"So it's a shameful assassination attempt on someone who tries to destroy someone by people who are clearly political opponents."
The former Australian Prime Minister has been described by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon as a "misogynist, sexist and climate change denier" (Photo: Tony Abbott comes to a book launch in Sydney on Monday 25 November 2019).
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Abbott's remarks as "shameful" after calling him a "misogynist, sexist and climate change denier".
Her defense comes after Mrs Sturgeon said that if she had anything to do with the hiring process, she would not have Mr Abbott as the UK Trade Ambassador.
"The idea that anyone could take this view is deeply offensive and wrong," she told UK Sky News host Kay Burley.
“But Tony Abbott is a misogynist even before these comments, he's a sexist, he's a climate change denier.
"In my opinion he is not the kind of person a trade ambassador or ambassador of sorts should be for the UK."
British opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer agreed with Ms. Sturgeon's comments, saying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the wrong decision.
“I have real concerns about Tony Abbott, and I don't think he's the right person for the job. If I were prime minister, I wouldn't appoint him. & # 39;
Rita Panahi, an Iranian-Australian opinion columnist, also came to Abbott's defense and called out the "defamatory" comments
"Absolutely despicable defamatory BS from a repeat offender," she tweeted, referring to British news presenter Ms. Burley.
Bronwyn Bishop (pictured), Australia's longest-serving politician, has jumped to Abbott's defense, saying he was a victim of the "nefarious character assassination".
"To say he's a misogynist is just completely wrong," Ms. Bishop said of Tony Abbott (pictured) on Sky News Australia
Tony Abbott should consult a lawyer. These baseless insults, fueled by his insane left wing political opponents, are being called fact by "journalists" in Britain.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock tried to defend Abbott's "shameful" remarks by insisting that "he was also a trade expert".
"We need experts in different fields and someone who is the former Australian Prime Minister is obviously a tremendous expert in the field of trade," he said.
Mr. Abbott was formally appointed on Friday UK time.
Senior coalition minister Mathias Cormann, who served under Abbott, said he had a remarkable record.
"From my place, Tony Abbott is clearly a giant in Australian politics who has been a long-time contributor," Senator Cormann told Sky News on Friday.
"Not everyone will agree, but people have a right to their views, and that's how things work in a democracy."
Abbott previously said he felt "a bit threatened" by homosexuality and was opposed to same-sex marriage.
Then Prime Minister Julia Gillard also accused him of misogyny before the Australian Parliament.
Ms. Gillard referred to his comments on the electricity price as the opposition leader in 2010.
"What housewives in Australia need to understand when they iron is that if they do it commercially the price will go up and their own electricity bills will go up if they turn on the iron," he said.
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