John Howard defends Liberal candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves for her controversial comments on transgender children.
“Her fundamental position about women from women’s sports and men for men for men, it’s a no brainer. And I think that’s a fundamental position. I totally agree with it, ”Howard says, when asked about Deves’ comments.
“But there’s nothing insensitive about that to others in the community. I think we’ve got to preserve a sense of proportion. We keep some of these things out of proportion. I mean, the idea that young girls should have to compete in sports with biological males is absurd and I think most people will feel that way.
“But that’s not insensitive. It’s just a statement of the bleeding obvious. ”
On whether Deves will oust independent MP Zali Steggall from the seat of Warringah, Howard says it “will not be easy” but she appeals to the “broad church of the Liberal party”.
“She’s got a real shot but it will not be easy. It’s never easy to take a seat back from an independent but I think she is well qualified to do it, ”he says.
He also says Albanese is not as a good of a leader as former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd.
“They’re not looking at Mr. Albanese in the way they looked at Mr. Rudd, and that is my objective assessment. It’s an assessment, of course, that comes down in favor of the bloke who beat me rather than bloke who’s trying to beat Mr. Morrison, ”Howard says.
“I find a marked lack of interest in Mr Albanese as an alternative prime minister. There is a growing feeling in the community that he’s not quite up to the job. ”