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Abbott's quotes 2013

Tony Abbott is pulling ahead in the polls, meaning he could very well be Australia's next Prime Minister. As someone who could potentially speak for our nation, we need to know what he will be saying on our behalf.

Is marriage equality just a "passing fashion"?

Is abortion still a question of a woman's "convenience"?

Is it still "folly" to expect women to ever approach equal representation in all areas of public life?

Watch the ad and ask for the real questions to be heard and answered this election.

GetUp is passionate about values and issues such as marriage equality, Indigenous rights, gender equality and fairer treatment of asylum seekers.

This video is about the issues that matter to GetUp members.

The GetUp movement is passionate about progress, and personal views like Mr Abbott's have no place in modern politics, let alone in Government.

Before you head to the polls make sure you're fully aware of what your would-be Prime Minister values. Be informed about the policies and politics you'll be voting for. Judge politicians on what they say and what they do.

Want to see each quote in context?


  • "Jesus didn't say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone's place to come to Australia."

    Q and A, 5 April 2010. Available here.


  • "I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons"

    Four Corners, 15 March 2010 - quoted from 1979. Available here.


  • "The more things change, the more things stay the same - Honi Soit, 18 September 2012 - said in 1979. Available here.


  • "What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it's going to go up in price."

    Abbott accused of being 'incredibly old fashioned' as he lets off steam, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2010, said on 8 February 2010. Available here.


  • "I won't be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated. Maybe that's because I'm a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard, but look, I won't be"

    I could be seen as 'cruel' on Gardasil: Abbott - The Australian, 9 November 2006 - said on 9 November 2006. Available here.


  • "If we're honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband. Not withstanding all his or her faults, you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he's employing someone while he is in fact a boss."

    Tony Abbott under fire, ABC News - 2 July 2002 - said on 1 July 2002. Available here.


  • "Abortion is the easy way out. It's hardly surprising that people should choose the most convenient exit from awkward situations."
    Rate of Abortion Highlights Our Moral Failings, Extract of Speech at Adelaide University Democratic Club - 17 March 2004 - said on 16 March 2004
    Aborigines 'must take jobs', in The Age 1 July 2010 - said on 30 June 2010.
    Available here.

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