Thursday 21 September 2017

Abbott's BB vote plea a big turn-off

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Tony Abbott, the gaffe-prone favourite to win the Australian election on Saturday, has appeared in a "creepy" plea for votes to the contestants in the Big Brother television programme, describing himself as "the guy with the not-bad looking daughters".

Standing with his arms around his daughters Frances (22) and Bridget (20), who appeared embarrassed, Mr Abbott made a pitch to the contestants in a pre-recorded message.

"I've got my daughters here with me because, to be honest, as with all parents, they're our best asset," Mr Abbott said.

"If you want to know who to vote for, I'm the guy with the not bad looking daughters."

The Big Brother contestants, locked away in a house on Queensland's Gold Coast, could be heard saying "weird" and appeared to squirm as they covered their mouths in stunned laughter. Mr Abbott's appearance was described as "wacky" and "weird" in the local media.

Three other candidates made similar pitches on the programme, including Kevin Rudd, the prime minister.

He appeared alone in a campaign message reportedly not recorded for the show, but his call to legalise same-sex marriage prompted tears from some contestants.

"This has been a long and difficult journey for me," he said.

"No matter who we love, we should be able to make the same promise that I was able to make to Therese (Rein, his wife) over 30 years ago.

"All of us should be allowed to marry the one we love." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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