Fiona Scott calls on Tony Abbott to quit Parliament


The former Liberal MP endorsed by her then-leader Tony Abbott for having ‘sex appeal’ has urged him to quit parliament.

Fiona Scott, the former MP for the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, has accused Mr Abbott of destabilising Malcolm Turnbull‘s leadership and ‘backstabbing’ colleagues.

As the Opposition Leader in the 2013 federal election, Mr Abbott said his candidate had ‘a little sex appeal’.

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Mr Abbott and Ms Scott are pictured together on the campaign trail during the 2013 election

Mr Abbott and Ms Scott are pictured together on the campaign trail during the 2013 election

He went on to win the election before he was ousted by Mr Turnbull in September, 2015. Ms Scott lost her seat in the federal election in July last year.

On Wednesday, Ms Scott said the infighting was not going to help the country or economy.

‘This war has to end,’ she told Sky News on Wednesday night.

‘It’s not going to help our country, it’s not going to help our economy … I think some of these guys need to clock off, and I include Tony Abbott in that, I think it’s time he goes.’

Ms Scott and Mr Abbott are pictured during the 2013 election campaign when he said she had 'sex appeal'

Ms Scott and Mr Abbott are pictured during the 2013 election campaign when he said she had ‘sex appeal’

She said Mr Abbott was undermining his own legacy.

‘What I see of a man I’ve thought so much for in the past is every day that this goes on and it drags on, he’s just undermining his own legacy, and I think that’s also a tragedy,’ Ms Scott told Sky News.

Ms Scott said she was disappointed at his ‘backstabbing’, which he said he would not do after the coup.

‘He said, “no backstabbing and backbiting” and that’s all he’s done,’ she told the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Scott told Sky News it was time Mr Abbott 'clocked off' from government

Ms Scott told Sky News it was time Mr Abbott ‘clocked off’ from government

Ms Scott said Mr Abbott was trying to destabilise Malcolm Turnbull's government (they are pictured together in May last year, before Ms Scott lost her seat in the 2016 election)

Ms Scott said Mr Abbott was trying to destabilise Malcolm Turnbull’s government (they are pictured together in May last year, before Ms Scott lost her seat in the 2016 election)

She also said her credibility in politics was destroyed when Mr Abbott described her as having ‘sex appeal’ on the 2013 campaign trail.

She also said her credibility in politics when Mr Abbott ‘sexually objectified’ her on the 2013 campaign trail when he described her as having ‘sex appeal’.

On Sky News on Wednesday night, Ms Scott also said she was denied a spot on the federal economics committee because she wasn’t one of ‘the big boys’.

Then-Coalition whip Scott Buchholz said ‘the big boys’ had PhDs and Masters of economics, Ms Scott said. 

In the lead up to the 2013 election then-Opposition Leader Mr Abbott described Ms Scott has having 'sex appeal' (Mr Abbott is pictured in February this year in parliament)

In the lead up to the 2013 election then-Opposition Leader Mr Abbott described Ms Scott has having ‘sex appeal’ (Mr Abbott is pictured in February this year in parliament)



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