Tony Abbott's 'woman problem' gains momentum from even the smallest slights

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:32pm, first published December 30 2014 - 9:49pm

Tony Abbott's "woman problem" is well documented. When Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, stung Mr Abbott in 2012 with an impassioned parliamentary attack that labelled him sexist and misogynist, her speech resonated widely across the country, spreading with viral speed. Mr Abbott's lack of appeal among female voters deeply concerned Coalition strategists before last year's election. Nonetheless, it proved surmountable. After an election campaign notable for featuring his wife and daughters prominently, he won office comfortably.

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