Abbott's 's*** happens' video

TONY Abbott has come under fire for not only referring to the death of a Digger as 's*** happens' but also for his handling of the interview that broke the story.

The opposition leader became embroiled in controversy on Tuesday after the Seven Network aired footage of him discussing the circumstances that led to the death of Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, 28, during an intense three-hour battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan last year.

His wife gave birth to their second child, a son, hours after his funeral.

While with soldiers in Afghanistan, Mr Abbott said "s*** happens" when told that no single factor was to blame for the death of Lance Corporal MacKinney, to which a senior soldier replies: "It certainly does, yeah."

The footage of Mr Abbott being interview by Channel Seven has become a media sensation, with the opposition leader offering clipped answers and long silences to the reporter's questions.

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