Advance Australia release ‘sexualised’ video of Captain GetUp! and Zali Steggall

“There is no place for that kind of behaviour in the 21st century. It is disrespectful, it’s inappropriate.”


Steggall said the group Advance Australia “are all members of the Liberal party” and they “openly endorse Tony Abbott”.

She called upon Abbott and Prime Minister Scott Morrison to “call out” the video.

“As a mum of teenage kids I am acutely aware of the need to set the standard about the sort of behaviour that is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter if we agree on issues, there should be standards.”

Advance Australia is a conservative activist group founded by wealthy business leaders including “storage king” Sam Kennard, former ABC chairman Maurice Newman and the Australian Jewish Association’s Dr David Adler.

Advance Australia says it is not aligned to any political party. Its national director, Gerard Benedet, is a former staffer with the former Queensland LNP government.

Mr Benedet said: “Advance Australia has removed the video, as it was posted in error.

“Captain Get Up! wanted to let people know that a vote for Zali Steggall is a vote for Bill Shorten.”

“Advance Australia does not endorse members or candidates.

“None of our board members are from a political party and our advisory council is made up of a wide range of people who have differing political opinions but are united in their opposition to big government, increased taxes and political correctness.”

The battle for Warringah is one of the most-watched contests of the 2019 election campaign, with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott under threat from Steggall, a former champion Olympic skier and family law barrister.

Piers Akerman donned an Abbott shirt but said he was there as an “independent Australian and private citizen”.Credit:Tony Abbott/Instagram

The activist group GetUp is campaigning strongly in the seat, asking voters to oust Mr Abbott, who has held the blue ribbon seat since 1994.

Advance Australia is campaigning against Ms Steggall.

Jacqueline is a senior journalist, columnist and former Canberra press gallery sketch writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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