Sydney, Aug. 14 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has slammed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for praising the sex appeal of a female candidate.
Rebuking Abbott for his comments, Rudd said sexism had no place in modern Australia, adding that Australians looked up to their leaders to set an example against sexism and a male boss would land in hot water for making similar remarks about a colleague in a workplace.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, during an event, Abbott said that one of his key candidates for western Sydney has a 'bit of sex appeal'.
The comments from Abbott came after he was asked to compare Fiona Scott to Jackie Kelly who won the seat of Lindsay for the Liberal Party in 1996.
To which Abott replied that the two were young and feisty, adding that they both have a bit of sex appeal and are just very, very connected to the local community.
Abbott's comment was met with embarrassed laughter from Scott and reporters.
Rudd told reporters in Cairns that in modern Australia neither sexism nor racism nor homophobia has any place whatsoever.
He added that believe people look to their national leaders to set that sort of example.
Abbott refused to respond to Rudd's criticism, saying he would leave Rudd to hyperventilate. (ANI)