Posted November 01, 2018 07:10:52 When asked about the comments made by the former Labor leader in the recent ABC TV debate, Tony Abbott said he was not racist.
“I don’t know that I’m going to get into the nitty gritty of who’s black, white, red, blue, whatever it is,” Mr Abbott said in the debate.
The question was put to Mr Abbott by a woman who identified herself as a “black woman”.
“You said that I was not a racist.
I think I have a black family,” the woman said.
Mr Abbott responded: “You’ve got a good point, I think you’re quite right.”
He said the woman was referring to a quote he had made during a campaign event in 2011 when he was a Victorian state senator.
In response to the question, Mr Abbott replied: “Well I can’t recall what I said, but I’m not going to answer that question.”
The ABC’s AM program aired on November 1, and Mr Abbott appeared to imply that the woman did not know his views on race.
When asked by the ABC host about his views about race, Mr Cruz replied: “Well I think that there are some things that we need to be clear about in Australia.
We have a strong and abiding commitment to equality and fairness, and we have to recognise that in our laws.
What we do not need is a kind of racism that goes beyond the level of an individual to the level that the political class is willing to tolerate.”
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