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Tony Abbott On Housewives And Ironing

Tony Abbott has made another gaffe about women, this time referring to housewives doing the ironing.

Abbott was visiting a dry cleaning business in Queanbeyan, just outside Canberra, to campaign against the Rudd government’s proposed emissions trading scheme.

Arguing that electricity prices will be forced up, Abbott said: “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price.”

Abbott was immediately accused of being old-fashioned, sexist and insensitive.

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