Still dripping from a competitive ocean swim on Sydney’s northern beaches over the weekend, Tony Abbott delivered a message to the people of the blue ribbon seat he’s held for 25 years.
He said enough is enough — it’s time to get more toilets at Manly.
Standing in front of a port-a-loo with a participation medal from the Cole Classic draped around his neck, Mr Abbott said Sydneysiders deserve better than plastic, portable toilets.
“Like thousands of other people, I’m here today for the Cole Classic swim,” he said in a video later posted to Twitter.
“Literally, hundreds of thousands of people visit Manly Beach every year. They need better facilities than this. And this will be one of the things I’ll be fighting for in the build-up to this election.”
The video was met with almost unanimous ridicule on social media, where users suggested the issue could have been tackled during his previous quarter century as local member.
Mr Abbott will run against former Olympian Zali Steggall for the seat of Warringah at the upcoming federal election.
The former alpine skier turned independent candidate has promised to tackle climate change — an issue she says Mr Abbott has “continually denied”.
Former Malcolm Turnbull adviser Alice Thompson had planned to run against Mr Abbott in one of the country’s safest seats but withdrew from the race to support Ms Steggall.
She told reporters she did not want to undercut the independent candidate and planned to encourage her own supporters to “get behind her”.