Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott sparked accusation of him trying to ‘Trumpify’ the nation’s politics when he claimed on Wednesday that “cultures are not all equal” and the West should proclaim its superiority over Islam.
The staunch Catholic also called on the Australian public to stop apologising for their values.
Abbott, who was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull in a Liberal Party coup in September but remains on the backbench, urged the West to “be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God”.
“We can’t remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam,” he wrote in an opinion piece for the mass-market Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Labour opposition frontbencher Ed Husic criticised Abbott for his “effort to Trumpify Australian politics”, after US Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump once again made a controversial comment by calling for Muslims to be barred from entering the country.
“What are these guys going on about, other than what I see as a broader effort to Trumpify Australian politics by bringing in the extreme elements of conservative discussion within the US political system to Australian shores?” Husic told Sky News.
Abbott, who briefly trained as a priest before entering politics and was once dubbed the “Mad Monk”, added that Australians should stop being “apologetic about the values that have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on Earth”.