Social media has exploded after the stunning performances of Tony Abbott’s daughters at the Coalition campaign launch on the weekend.
In a rousing opening number, Abbott’s 22 year-old daughter Frances got the party pumping with a rousing version of Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop”. To show off the Coalition’s new cuddlier image, Frances was accompanied on stage by a cavalcade of Liberal candidates dressed in gigantic bear suits.
With the crowd in a frenzy, Frances gave way to her 20 year-old sister, Bridget. Wearing a transparent bikini in a homage to her father’s promise of open government, Bridget Abbott set tongues wagging with some provocative twerking.
With the room in a frenzy, Bridget was joined on stage by the main act himself. Sporting dark glasses and a no-nonsense black and white suit, the Opposition Leader slunk into a sultry version of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”. As Mr Abbott went and told it like it is, Bridget pressed lovingly against her father, gesturing with a giant foam finger that an Abbott government would be keeping national debt and the budget deficit down, down, down.
The performance of the Abbott family caused an immediate flurry of discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Many people questioned whether Frances and Bridget had been exploited by the Coalition campaign, whilst others defended their performances as sassy expressions of young womanhood. Much was also made of the absence of Abbott’s other daughter, Louise, with a “Louise is dead” conspiracy theory quickly spreading.
Mr Abbott defended his daughters’ involvement at the campaign launch, stating that a Coalition government wanted to get as many young people twerking as possible. Such was his commitment, Mr Abbott flagged that a compulsory “twerk for the dole” program may be introduced.
The News Limited press was ecstatic about the Abbott daughters. In an opinion column in The Australian newspaper, they were praised as “accomplished, articulate and attractive”. As the same columnist noted: “Abbott’s daughters were a class act, strongly delivering the message that their father was not the throwback he has been depicted as by the Labor machine.”