Australian Parliament censures former prime minister over sex, scandalous comments
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been censured by the Australian Parliament after describing his predecessor, Kevin Rudd, as a “bully” and a “coward” in a passionate debate on climate change.
But Rudd is not the only Australian politician to be accused of bullying and crass behaviour.
Some of the politicians Australia has the most political mud-slinging about were also accused of being bullies.
In a sign of public fatigue with the often tedious task of deciding what we don’t want to hear from our politicians, Australia hasn’t had its highest ranking politician censured since the Second World War.
Mr Abbott’s own parliamentary secretary has been accused of bullying a government department and of sexism by a female member of Parliament.
Both men have denied the allegations.
The MPs with the most heated public debates involving political mud-slinging have been:
1. PM Tony Abbott
2. PM Kevin Rudd
3. PM Julia Gillard
4. PM Malcolm Turnbull
5. PM Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary
6. PM Bill Shorten
7. PM Malcolm Turnbull’s parliamentary secretary
8. Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton
9. Minister for Veterans Ben Fowlie
10. The Speaker of the House John Alexander
You can see the full list here.
Mr Abbott has now been censured by the Australian Parliament after describing his predecessor as a “coward” and a “bully” in a passionate debate on climate change.
His comments on Thursday night on Sky TV were made in response to a question on whether Labor leader Bill Shorten was “a dangerous man”.
In his statement, Mr Abbott said: “I have no respect for this man. Bill has made some very ugly comments that I think can do a great deal of damage to the Australian Labor Party.”
Earlier, in a statement, Mr Shorten called Mr Abbott a “coward” and said his comments were “not only ignorant but offensive”.
“It’s outrageous that Tony Abbott should attack a decent public servant. What kind of a coward asks a man to resign because he made a mistake?” Mr Shorten said.
“What kind of a bully calls