Tony’s girl backing the Yes vote
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