First it was Joe Hockey, Australia’s treasurer, who was snapped chomping Cuban cigars as he drafted the country’s harshest budget in 20 years. He was later challenged for dancing to the song “This will be the best day of my life” in his office before delivering a hair-shirt address to parliament.
Now it is the turn of Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, who has been caught winking and smiling during a radio phone-in show as he talked to a grandmother who admitted she has resorted to working on telephone sex lines to make ends meet.
The television footage of Mr Abbott’s cheeky wink went quickly viral on the internet on Wednesday, prompting aides to suggest he was merely signalling to the presenter that he was alright to take the question. But for a leader who has already been accused of being a misogynist by his critics, the damage was done. The Green Party has now added “creep” to the growing list of jibes thrown at Mr Abbott. Read more