Tony’s girl back­ing the Yes vote

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - GREG BROWN

Tony Ab­bott’s daugh­ter Frances yes­ter­day joined the Yes cam­paign in the same-sex mar­riage postal sur­vey, putting her on the op­pos­ing side of the de­bate to her fa­ther.

Ms Ab­bott, 25, the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s sec­ond-youngest daugh­ter, posted a photo on so­cial me­dia in a “vote Yes” T-shirt, declar­ing she did not like pol­i­tics but she cared about love.

Ms Ab­bott’s sup­port for the Yes cam­paign was posted onto her In­sta­gram ac­count, no­tan­oth­er­fit­ness­blog­ger, where she blogs about health and fit­ness and ap­pears to pro­mote prod­ucts. She has nearly 3000 fol­low­ers.

“I don’t re­ally care much for pol­i­tics. But I do re­ally care a lot for love,” Ms Ab­bott wrote on In­sta­gram. “All love is good. Let’s cel­e­brate it.” She also used hash­tags to say “lovewil­l­win”, “not­in­topol­i­tics” “but­sayin­gi­tany­way” and even echoed Gough Whit­lam’s fa­mous 1972 cam­paign theme with the hash­tag “it­stime”.

Mr Ab­bott has four daugh­ters and the two youngest, Frances and Brid­get, re­vealed be­fore the 2013 elec­tion that they sup­ported gay mar­riage, de­spite their fa­ther be­ing a stri­dent op­po­nent. They both stopped go­ing to church when they were old enough to choose for them­selves.

“I be­lieve it is in­evitable, I be­lieve by the time our gen­er­a­tion gets into power I hope and pray some­thing is done about mar­riage equal­ity and gay rights,” Ms Ab­bott said in 2013. Ms Ab­bott’s aunt Chris­tine Forster has been one of the high­est-pro­file ad­vo­cates for the Yes cam­paign and has been at odds with her brother, Mr Ab­bott, over same-sex mar­riage since she came out as gay in 2010.

Ms Forster has been crit­i­cal of Mr Ab­bott dur­ing the cam­paign for link­ing the same-sex mar­riage vote to one about broader is­sues such as free­dom of speech, free­dom of re­li­gion and the Safe Schools pro­gram.

Mr Ab­bott turned up the heat on the Yes camp this week, say­ing it was in­cum­bent upon those call­ing for change to com­mu­ni­cate the con­se­quences of that change to the pub­lic.


Frances Ab­bott in her T-shirt

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