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Tony Abbott, Australian Politician, Has Some Interesting Views On His Female Colleagues

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott talks during the Leaders Debate at the National Press Club on August 11, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. This is the first debate the Labor and Liberal parties have agreed on, with Rudd seeking as many debates as possible and Abbott arguing for three debates in total, including two town hall-style events. Australians will head to the polls on September 7. (Photo by Gary Ramage-Pool/Getty Images) | Getty

Attention all male politicians: please stop talking about your female colleagues' appearances.

Australian politician Tony Abbott, leader of the country's Liberal Party, might learn this lesson the hard way. According to The Guardian, while describing two female politicians, Fiona Scott and Jackie Kelly, at a press conference this week, Abbott said: "They're both good, young, feisty -- I think I could probably say have a bit of sex appeal -- and are just very connected to the local community."

Because naturally, what constituents should care about when it comes to women in office is how young and sexy they are!

This isn't the first time Abbott has faced criticism for his comments about women. In October 2012, former prime minister Julia Gillard gave what Gawker called an "awesome, blistering speech" to parliament decrying Abbott's "misogyny." And earlier this year, Abbott's daughters gave an interview where they defended him against claims of sexism.

"Dad is always the one pushing us to be better," Frances Abbott said.

Sex appeal notwithstanding, we hope.

[h/t The Frisky]

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