10/12/2015 4:39 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Bill Shorten Calls Tony Abbott "A Very Unusual Man" After Comments On Islam

In somewhat of an understatement, Bill Shorten has said he thinks Tony Abbott to be "a very unusual man".

The Opposition Leader, speaking at a supermarket with a large "vegetable" sign over his head, was responding to the former Prime Minister's recent comments on Islam -- including calling for a "religious revolution" inside Islam, declaring "all cultures are not equal" and Australians should stop apologising for Western values and culture.

Shorten, asked about Abbott's remarks, gave a blunt assessment.

"I don't know if he's Australia's version of Donald Trump but he's a very unusual man, Tony Abbott," Shorten said.

"We shouldn't have a bar of what he says."

"I think his views are not befitting a former prime minister who was in charge three months ago and I think, really, he may be feeling very upset about his loss of office, he may see this as an issue which he can now speak out on but I ask him as a former prime minister of Australia to please respect the fact that we are a country of all faiths and all religions. We must have tolerance."

Not exactly Shorten's finest zinger, but it got to the point and didn't muck around. It does the job.