Greens leader Richard Di Natale has labelled dumped Prime Minister Tony Abbott an “international embarrassment”, when reacting to his opinion piece that claimed the West was a superior culture to Islam.
Mr Abbott argued that the West should not be wary of political correctness when addressing radical Islam, and he also called on the religion to change its ways.
However, Mr Di Natale slammed Mr Abbott’s article saying he should disappear from Australian politics all together.
“He is an incredibly destructive and divisive force in the Australian political landscape,” Mr Di Natale told Sky News from Paris.
“He is widely derided as an international embarrassment.
“The sooner Tony Abbott disappears from the Australian political scene the better for him and the community.
“It [his comments] fans the flames of divisions here and thats not what is needed.”
Mr Abbott is a devout Christian and was a one-time trainee priest.
In a News Corp opinion piece on Wednesday, he said the West was “clearly superior” to Islam.
“We [the West] can’t remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam,” Mr Abbott wrote.
“Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to ‘behead all those who insult the Prophet’ but only Muslims can do this.
“We should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.”
But, Mr Di Natale said Mr Abbott should have learned that his views were unhelpful when he was dumped as PM in September.
“Tony Abbott should pull his head in and find himself a nice hobby .. and let the Australian community finally embrace the change in the political scene that has resulted in him being dumped form his job,” he added.
“Tony Abbott is a very divisive force and this notion that he speaks to most Australians is nonsense.
“He talks to a very small group in the Australian community that aren’t consistent with our pluralist modern and multicultural 21st century nation.”
Mr Di Natale suggested Mr Abbott’s comments meant he’d be well-suited to an alliance style party with former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.