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Margie Abbott will be used again in future to blunt Labor’s attacks on her husband as being anti-women, the opposition leader, Tony Abbott said today.

”If the Labor Party persist in this idea that there’s some kind of problem with women Margie will be out there correcting the record again,” Mr Abbott said.

With polls showing Labor’s characterisation of the opposition as anti-women had struck a chord with the electorate, Mrs Abbott this week hit the press and the airwaves with the message that Mr Abbott, a father of three grown daughters, was surrounded by ”strong, capable women”.

She also delivered a rare speech in his defence.

Mr Abbott was today asked whether his normally private wife was his new ”secret weapon” in the run into the next election.

”I don’t call Margie my better half for nothing and I suspect that there will be a few people who say ‘yay, Margie for PM’ after yesterday.

“She’s not a political person, she’s married to a politician but I think she felt that there had been some untruths put into the public arena and she thought it was important to correct the record.”

Mr Abbott predicted the anti-women line would be kept up by Labor, saying he expected a ”destructive, negative, personal campaign”.

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