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Same sex marriage: Former PM Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances stars in Yes campaign video

It’s fair to say there are differences of opinion in the family of Australia’s former PM.


Frances and Tony Abbott

Frances and Tony Abbott

Frances and Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott may be one of the more recognisable faces opposing gay marriage in Australia, but that hasn’t stopped his daughter from fronting a video supporting the Yes campaign.

In the clip, Frances Abbott speaks emotionally about wanting to see her aunt Christine Forster – a Sydney councillor and former Prime Minister Tony’s sister – marry her long-term partner Virginia Edwards.

Frances Abbott talks about why she's voting YES: for fairness, for love, for family. Why are you voting YES?

Posted by Australian Marriage Equality on Monday, September 25, 2017

Australians are currently taking part in a postal survey – essentially a referendum – on whether the country should allow same-sex marriage.

The results will be known in November and, while the survey is non-binding, Parliament is expected to hold a free vote on the issue should the poll turn out to be a yes.

Frances said: “It really just doesn’t make sense to me that it’s not allowed. To see Auntie Chris marry Virginia, to do it here in front of friends and family, it would be so special and I’m so, so hoping that’s what I get to be a part of.”

She added: “This is more than politics. What this comes down to is love.”

Referencing her father, who was PM for two years between 2013 and 2015, she said: “It’s well known that within my family we have people that sit on the other side of the fence.

“My mother and my father raised me to stand up for what I believe in.”

Abbott- who has emerged as one of the key figures in the no campaign – said he respected his daughter’s view.

“Margie and I raised strong independent women as Frances clearly demonstrates,” he said, according to 9News.

“While I disagree with her I respect her right to have a different view.”


Former Australian PM Tony Abbott

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott

Meanwhile, Forster told 9News: “Both Virginia and I were very touched and very moved by what she had to say.

“As her aunt I’m extremely proud of her, she’s done something that’s shown real courage and conviction.”

It’s not the first time Frances has made her feelings on the vote clear.

Earlier this month she posted a picture of herself to Instagram wearing a “vote yes” t-shirt.

The Instagram account also tracks Frances’ career in fitness, which saw her make her debut as a fitness model this weekend at a bodybuilding event in Melbourne.