"Under no circumstances is sexual violence permissible or acceptable in Australia - under no circumstances," he said. "Under no circumstances are other forms of violence, physical violence, acceptable towards women in Australia nor are they acceptable in my view to mainstream Muslim teachings.But when talking about Catholic Clergy Abuse he had this to say to David Speers of Sky News:
'"Australia will not tolerate these sort of remarks. They don't belong in modern Australia, and he should stand up, repudiate them and apologise."
[Daily Telegraph January 22, 2009]
SPEERS: Just quickly Prime Minister your meeting the Pope today. The apology issue, the victims of sex abuse within the church. How important is an apology from the Pope in your view? PM: This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don’t stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave. I’ve noted carefully what his Holiness has said in the United States. Obviously that was a source of great comfort and healing in the United States. I’m like all Australians very much looking forward to what the Pope has to say here in Australia as well, as I am to my own conversation with the Pope later this morning.So is this a matter of picking the low hanging fruit to score some points with red neck Christian Australia? Fear of flack from Catholics, from the Church?
[Interview with David Speers, Sky News]