NOT even a room full of scantily-clad women, gyrating men and brightly coloured gizmos could tempt Opposition Leader Tony Abbott away from official duties, the aspiring Prime Minister choosing small businesses over Brisbane's Sexpo.

Mr Abbott's address to the National Small Business Summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was just hundreds of metres from the "sexuality and lifestyle expo" conveniently held in the same building.

Sexpo organisers were unaware how close they were to one of Australia's most powerful political forces and slightly disappointed he failed to make an appearance.

Sexpo Australia general manager Tracey Browning said they would have happily hosted the Opposition Leader.

"We have invited the real Kevin Rudd before and he politely declined to formally open the show," she said.

"But we would have loved to have had Tony Abbott here.

"If we could find the right person to talk to in his entourage, we would be happy to have him here.

"We would love to invite him."

Questions posed to Mr Abbott about attending the Sexpo did not receive a response before deadlines on Thursday.

The closest thing to a politician officially attending the event was a Kevin Rudd lookalike.

Sexpo runs in Brisbane until Sunday 8pm.



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