By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 16:08 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 16:08 BST, 7 September 2020
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has lashed out at his predecessor Tony Abbott over his views on women and mocked his appointment to a UK trade advisory role as a 'beat up'.
Mr Abbott was last week appointed to the unpaid role of trade envoy - a move sparking controversy in Britain with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling him a 'misogynist' and 'sexist'.
Mr Turnbull on Monday said his long-term Liberal rival 'has got to live with' comments he has made in the past about women.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott pictured in 2013 with his daughters Bridget, Louise and Frances (from right) and wife Margaret (second from left). He has been appointed to the unpaid role of trade envoy by the UK government
Mr Abbott's successor as Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull pictured with his wife Lucy in January in Sydney. He said Mr Abbott 'has got to live with' comments he has made in the past about women
'We don’t need to go through them - we all know what his publicly stated views are. He was probably the most vocal opponent of marriage equality,' Mr Turnbull told ABC TV.
'Tony has got very… what would I say? Reactionary views, I think, on women‘s role in the world.'
He added Mr Abbott would be more at home in the UK because of his 'view of the Anglosphere'.
Mr Turnbull dumped Mr Abbott's controversial policy of naming Knights and Dames after ousting him as prime minister in 2015, calling the concept 'out of date'.
Mr Turnbull also slammed his Liberal rival's treatment of Labor leader and former prime minister Julia Gillard.
In 2011, Mr Abbott memorably stood in front of a sign reading 'ditch the witch' at an anti-carbon tax rally - prompting Ms Gillard's famous takedown of her political opponent in parliament.
'He has got to live with the incredibly effective framing of him by Julia Gillard in that speech in the house which I was there for,' Mr Turnbull said.
Tony Abbott pictured with UK leader Boris Johnson. Mr Turnbull said the idea of appointing a former Australian prime minister to the role was 'awkward to say the least'
The former Liberal leader - who was ousted by Scott Morrison as Australian prime minister in 2018 - said the idea Mr Abbott would be negotiating trade deals in his new role with the UK government was a 'beat up'.
'I’m not sure who was responsible for the beat up, whether it was Tony or the government or someone else,' Mr