Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walked back some controversial comments he made about the leader of the opposition party, comparing him to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler‘s closest allies.
At an address to Parliament, Abbott called Labor Party leader Bill Shorten “the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy.” As Sky News reports, Jewish lawmaker Mark Dreyfus (one of only three in the Parliament) immediately stood up to chide the prime minister. Parliament Speaker Bronwyn Bishop actually threw Dreyfus out, which immediately prompted more protests and shouting from the opposition side.
Not two minutes later, Abbott said, “I do apologize for using that phrase,” which was received just as negatively from the other side, with one MP calling him “such a hypocrite.” Just a few weeks ago, Sky News reports, Abbott was in hot water for another Nazi comparison in which he described defense cuts as a “Holocaust of jobs.”
As Mediaite readers are well aware, often times these arguments in foreign legislatures devolve into all-out brawls.
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