The moment seems perfect: noted smuggler of budgies Tony Abbott parading the latest swimwear designs endorsed by a prominent member of a community he has just insulted. So will the Opposition leader accept the invitation?

Melbourne-based swimwear designer Funky Trunks will parade its latest designs at a launch on March 30, with special guest Olympic diving gold medallist Matthew Mitcham. Event organisers sent an invitation to Abbott on Monday night but are yet to receive a response.