As a result, lots of people decided to look up Tony Abbott’s greatest hits during his time as a politician.
And they’re now (re)discovering a famous 2012 speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard.
It’s better known as the "misogyny speech" and is a blistering criticism of Abbott and sexism in politics.
Gillard made the speech after Abbott had accused her party of sexism following the House Speaker Peter Slipper sending texts to an aide that led to him being sued for sexual harassment (Slipper had previously belonged to Abbott’s party and been described as a ‘personal friend’ of his).
While Slipper undoubtedly deserved condemnation, Gillard later said that being lectured on sexism by a man like Abbott was simply a step too far.
At the time the speech won massive international applause from the burgeoning fourth-wave feminist movement that was spreading fast via blogs and digital media.
And eight years on, it’s still sadly relevant.
Thinking about Julia Gillard’s speech today https://t.co/TQI1ylCeNU
Gillard begins by furiously addressing Abbott, who sits smirking across from her:
I say to the Leader of the Opposition, I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not.
The government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, not now, not ever.
The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and are misogynists are not appropriate for high office.
Well I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation, because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the house of representatives, he needs a mirror.
The full speech is 15 minutes long but a shortened version is making its way round social media again.
People chose to reshare it in light of Abbott’s resurfacing.
In light of the Tony Abbott news, I just had to share Julia Gillard’s iconic misogyny speech with those who haven’t… https://t.co/0dUUfiCkn8