Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

RSL Backs Abbott; Leaders Put Comment Down to A[euro][approximately]bushwhacking'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

RSL Backs Abbott; Leaders Put Comment Down to A[euro][approximately]bushwhacking'

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Byline: Mark Bode

SENIOR RSL figures on the Sunshine Coast have leapt to embattled Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's defence over his controversial as*** happensa remark, saying he was abushwhackeda .

Mr Abbott was forced to personally apologise to the Glasshouse Mountains-based wife of Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney after he was caught on camera making the remark when told the soldier's death was not the result of a single factor.

While Beckie MacKinney issued a statement saying she accepted that the comment was taken out of context, the dead soldier's father said Mr Abbott was aout of linea and the remark had made him afeel sicka.

Ian MacKinney, of Mountain Creek, described Mr Abbott as thoughtless, ignorant and uncaring.

aIt just shows how good he is, or isn't,a he was quoted as saying.

aI'm not going to let it bother me, but it just shows he's not very thoughtful. He doesn't care too much.a

Mr Abbott became embroiled in the controversy on Tuesday after the Seven Network aired footage of him discussing the circumstances that led to the death of Lance Corporal MacKinney, 28, during an intense three-hour battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan last year. …

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