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Mrs Abbott ‘doesn’t do enough’ for charity

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Former first bloke Tim Mathieson has accused first lady Margie Abbott of not doing enough charity work.

“I’m disappointed that she is not doing any charity work,” he’s said.

“What is she doing? Because I did 60 charity events. I went out for three full years.

“She has not contributed to any of them.

“The spouse of every prime minister since (Edmund) Barton has done charity work.”

But Mrs Abbott’s spokeswoman on Saturday night outlined a range of charity and community events the first lady had attended in recent months.

She said Mrs Abbott had a long history of community involvement and supported organisations including the Royal Blind Society and Girl Guides.

“This community involvement has been part of her life as she has worked part-time at a local Sydney childcare centre and, along with Tony, raised their three daughters,” she said.

“Those familiar with Margie Abbott know her quiet and understated approach is part of her genuine desire to draw attention to the charities and organisations she is involved with rather than herself.”

Mr Mathieson is an ambassador for Kidney Health Australia, a patron of the Australian Mens Sheds Association, is involved with a national indigenous diabetes association and mental health group beyondblue.