‘More common sense, less ideology’: Abbott should follow his own advice, says Robert Simms
Australian Greens Senator Robert Simms has called out Tony Abbott for addressing the US-based anti-gay group Alliance Defending Freedom.
In a speech to the Senate, Simms said Abbott is no ordinary politician and he should think carefully about the actions he takes as a former prime minister.
“He is considered an ambassador for our country. He should think very carefully about the causes with which he associates.”
The former Liberal leader flew to New York last month to address Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group that promotes family values and traditional marriage. In his speech, Abbott said that allowing same-sex couples to wed will contribute to “the erosion of family” and that “we shouldn’t try to change something without understanding it”.
On the subject of same-sex marriage, Abbott called more “common sense” and “less idealogy”.
“We can’t shrink our responsibilities to the future, but let’s also respect and appreciate values and institutions that have stood the test of time and pass them on, undamaged, when that’s best,” Abbott said.
Senator Simms said: “In the speech Mr Abbott gave to this hate group, he said that it’s time for common sense to prevail. ‘We need less ideology and more common sense’. Well if only he’d follow his own advice.
“How many Australians would support the criminalisation of gay sex. My home state of South Australia abolished that 40 years ago last year, but that’s the kind of world this organisation wants to take us back to.”
Simms said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs pull Abbott up on his actions.
“On the topic of common sense, it’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to show some on this issue. He needs to call Tony Abbott out for his bigotry.”
“Apparently, the ex-Prime Minister can just speak to whoever he wants and say whatever he wants. Mr Turnbull just shrugs his shoulders and says its’ Mr Abbott’s right as an MP? Well what about the rights of the LGBTI community? What about the impact this has on our national reputation?” He said.