Opposition Leader Tony Abbott hass urged women to regard their virginity as "a gift" that should not be given lightly. He suggests men and women should try to adhere to "the rules" when it comes to sex before marriage - and when they can't, they should use contraception.
Mr Abbott made the remarks while "subjected to a grilling in the next edition of the Australian Women's Weekly about his views on sex, marriage and his own daughters' virginity", The Australian reports.
The interview will be published in the magazine on Wednesday.
The article, written by the magazine's editor, Helen McCabe, covers Mr Abbott's views on sex, marriage and the advice he gives his three daughters, Louise, 20, Frances, 18, and Bridget, 16, The Age reports.
In the interview, Mr Abbott says women's contraceptives have liberated men as much as they have women and warns that unmarried women are being taken advantage of as a result.
Asked what advice he gives his own daughters on sex, Mr Abbott says it should be treated as "a gift".
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