Appearing in ABC 1's "Kitchen Cabinet" show, Tony Abbott revealed that all is well now between him and "flirting partner" Julia Gillard.
Back in the days of their "flirting" moments, a Google search of the phrase "Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard flirting" will return searches of a 2.5-minute YouTube video of the two engaging in rather "flirty" debates, as pointed out during the "Kitchen Cabinet" show interview with Mr Abbott.
Surprisingly, Mr Abbott shared that he and Ms Gillard bumped into each other at an airport a few weeks ago.
During the show, "Kitchen Cabinet" host Annabel Crabb asked Mr Abbott about Julia Gillard.
"Now about Julia Gillard. You used to flirt. Then it went bad."
For which Mr Abbot replied fondly.
"Well, we had a pretty rugged contest, particularly from the start of the carbon tax period and that obviously did a fair bit of damage to the degree of mutual respect which had existed beforehand. I'm sure the day will come when we can be genial and respectful again. In fact we had quite a genial and respectful exchange in an airport lounge a few weeks ago."
"And it was the first reasonably warm conversation we'd had in three years."
Ms Crabb then asked him about the first thing he said to someone like Ms Gillard.
"Basically you say something like 'You've been through a pretty tough time' which obviously was true. She agreed that yes, it had been a pretty tough time but that was the kind of thing that tended to happen in the rough and tough business we're in."
Mr Abbott also said that he hoped he and Ms Gillard's friendship can start anew.
He admitted that he was not a fan of Ms Gillard's infamous misogyny speech but that the whole thing was a bridge over water now.
"It was a very unfair speech, I thought, and it was a completely invalid speech in terms of responding to the issue of that day it was just an invalid thing to say. But look, politics is about theatre and at the time I didn't think it was very effective theatre at all, but plainly it did strike a chord in a lot of people who had not followed the immediate problem that had brought on that particular parliamentary debate," Mr Abbott said.
To help you remember what it was like during the Abbott-Gillard flirting days, here are videos of their flirty debates and excerpt of Ms Gillard's controversial speech attacking Mr Abbott.
Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And 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 who 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. That's what he needs.
I was very offended personally when the Leader of the Opposition, as Minister of Health, said, and I quote, "Abortion is the easy way out." I was very personally offended by those comments. You said that in March 2004, I suggest you check the records.
I was also very offended on behalf of the women of Australia when in the course of this carbon pricing campaign, the Leader of the Opposition said "What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing..." Thank you for that painting of women's roles in modern Australia.
And then of course, I was offended too by the sexism, by the misogyny of the Leader of the Opposition catcalling across this table at me as I sit here as Prime Minister, "If the Prime Minister wants to, politically speaking, make an honest woman of herself...", something that would never have been said to any man sitting in this chair. I was offended when the Leader of the Opposition went outside in the front of Parliament and stood next to a sign that said "Ditch the witch."
I was offended when the Leader of the Opposition stood next to a sign that described me as a man's bitch. I was offended by those things. Misogyny, sexism, every day from this Leader of the Opposition. Every day in every way, across the time the Leader of the Opposition has sat in that chair and I've sat in this chair, that is all we have heard from him.
I've had him yell at me to shut up in the past, but I will take the remaining seconds of my speaking time to say to the Leader of the Opposition I think the best course for him is to reflect on the standards he's exhibited in public life, on the responsibility he should take for his public statements; on his close personal connection with Peter Slipper, on the hypocrisy he has displayed in this House today.
And on that basis, because of the Leader of the Opposition's motivations, this Parliament today should reject this motion and the Leader of the Opposition should think seriously about the role of women in public life and in Australian society because we are entitled to a better standard than this.