Australia's then-opposition Leader Tony Abbott talks to his
daughter Frances during a visit to his electorate in Sydney
in this 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Stevens
It was not the glowing introduction a new Australian
prime minister on the eve of his first visit to the White House
would have likely preferred.
A US political satire TV show has taken aim at Tony Abbott,
airing a four-minute segment featuring some of his most
embarrassing and controversial moments.
"Did you know there are other countries that are not America
and each of them has a leader of its very own?" the segment
on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver asked.
"Let's take a moment to meet one."
Did US viewers see the infamous Winkgate moment? Yes.
A school kid describing how his mum calls the prime minister
"Tony Dumb Dumb"? Yes.
Abbott's comment that he'd probably "feel a bit threatened"
by gays? Yes.
His "s*** happens" comment while discussing a Queensland
soldier killed in Afghanistan? Yes.
His "housewives of Australia need to understand as they do
the ironing" remark? Yes.
Viewers even saw a shirtless Abbott on the beach in his
Abbott was described on the show as a "hard-line right wing
prime minister" who "rose to power promising to be
pro-business and religiously anti-immigration".
The show then noted Abbott was born in England.
"What is it about Tony Dumb Dumb that has led to his current
approval rating of 30 per cent?" the show asked its viewers.
"Could it be that he has personally insulted everyone else in
the country from women, to gays, to anyone remotely Irish, to
elderly cancer-ridden phone sex workers?"
The segment comes as Abbott embarks on a tour to Europe,
Canada and the US, with a stop at the White House to meet
Oliver is no stranger to Australia, winning an Emmy last year
for a segment he did on another US political-comedy show, The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about Australia's successful
implementation of gun laws.