The real election was those that couldn’t be scared got rid of Abbott swung too the ALP as in Kooyong. However those that could be scared were under the LNP ‘s fake campaign backed by Clive Palmer’s $80 million. Sorry to say it wasn’t all Morrison by any means. After 6 years, poorer and and deperate Qld in particular and and others elected for more of the same too scared of change. The liars in this game of poker won the country lost an opportunity out fear and pure negativity (ODT)
And he did not lose in a whisper. It was a resounding holler of a result against him – Abbott picked up only 42 per cent of votes in his formerly safe, blue-ribbon electorate, compared to the 58 per cent won by his independent opponent Zali Steggall.
In 2011, Hawke described Abbott as a “not a bad bloke” but “mad as a cut snake”.
Dastyari go the boot what makes Hanson and Abbott untouchable? (ODT)
The club is 70km west of Mr Abbott’s northern-Sydney electorate of Warringah, and its directors include Jack Lam, a gambling tycoon and fugitive from a bribery prosecution in the Philippines, and Tommy Jiang, who since 2011 has partnered in a joint venture media company with a Chinese government radio service subsidiary.
Jack Lam and Tony Abbott the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in 2018.
Jack Lam and Tony Abbott the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in 2018.
Both men are involved in organisations linked to the Communist Party’s overseas influence operations, including the Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference, a political organisation hand picked by the Communist party.
There is a groundswell in Warringah and – worryingly for Abbott – the disparate groups are coordinating
If the posters popping up around Manly and sales of anti–Tony Abbott T-shirts are any gauge, the member for Warringah has a fight on his hands.
“There’s a huge amount of grassroots activity. Organisations are popping out of the ground everywhere. And we are finding each other,” says Louise Hislop, the convenor of Voices of Warringah.
Abbott the Statesman pulled his head in Australia after Wentworth the Monarchist went home to the UK to support Boris and UKIP Ouch! (ODT)
Tony Abbott is being lauded by Brexit supporters and told to butt out by Remainers after the former prime minister savaged Theresa May’s Brexit plan and urged her to pull Britain out of the EU with no deal.
Writing in The Spectator magazine, Abbott accused May of “surrender” and said the EU had judged that she is “desperate for whatever deal she can get”.
How many of you out there, like me, long for the day when the most destructive, the most venomous federal politician in living memory is finally expunged from public life, if not erased from memory? He will not be easy to forget. History will record in harsh detail his tawdry reputation, his vengeful nature, his deep-seated nastiness, his misogyny, and his shameful verbal assaults on Julia Gillard. Any success he might claim as his own will forever live in the dark shadow of his malignancy, his meanness.
Abbott’s Legacy (ODT)
The Liberal Party could be left with just two safe federal seats in all of Victoria if it cannot improve its performance in the polls, a leading Melbourne political scientist has warned.
Above the most unintegrated Immigrant in Australia. How wrong he was!!
Bob Hawke and John Howard find themselves in agreement in recent years that one of the greatest blights of Australian politics is that the major parties are represented by career apparatchiks, people who enter politics at university and never leave it.
They end up in Parliament with no real-world experience. To them, the factional interest and the partisan interest overrides the public interest and the national interest. Turnbull this week called the irresistible pull of factional vendettas a kind of “madness”.
Abbott hasn’t changed. Since when is flexibility and the ability to change according to the circumstances not in the National Interest? Since when is blind winning at all costs not the tyrannical mind of a rabid self absorbed zealot, a sociopath? Wars don’t end with annhilation but compromise. Not with destruction but elected solutions in which Abbott hasn’t any interest, thats obvious. Winning at all cost is a game not a service to others. Politics isn’t a game it’s a duty of service and Abbott seems to have lost that. I suspect he never had it. He’d rather take the country over a cliff than give an inch.Australia seems to be his personal Jones Town, Waco Texas and the Liberal Party cult central that needs a hiding to hell from Abbott. He’s back to being a climate denier not because he believes it’s a solution to a greater problem but it’s the only imagined KO punch he has for turnbull Turnbull,stuff the country. Let’s ride to hell in a hand basket. The man a sociopath a crazed pittbull. “ ASPD diagnosis is only given when symptoms happen for an extended period and don’t change because of punishment or lifestyle changes. Someone who’s selfish may show these behaviors for a short while, but feel bad about them or change their behavior over time or because of punishment. ” Abbott’s never changed.(ODT)
“Let Labor be the people who rabbit on about emissions and renewable power and saving the planet,” he said.
“I say no, no, no. Let’s create a real contest, not a false consensus. Let’s fight the Labor Party on this – it’s the only way to win the election,” Mr Abbott said.
Abbott’s Logic: targets the Sudanese however when applied to the Tony Abbott’s Gang of extreme conservatives it proves they don’t belong in our Australian political system.
The extreme Conservative Politician Tony Abbott has been caught out lying countless times since he was 18. Caught molesting women, damaging public property.threatening opponents, abusing his expenditure account on several occasions, taking undeclared questionable indirect gifts and has simply proved conservatives and rampant individualists and nationalists like himself are more likley to break the parliamentary rules some 100 times more than the majority of all other MPs.
Abbott has proved himself and his ilk outliers. So applying Abbott’s own logic and statistical method it shows how extreme Conservatives can’t integrate with the LNP or the Australian parliamentary system. Constantly promising to change they don’t. Their behaviour and values fail us in the context of the whole and so we need to call them into question and ask about why we allowing them to even run for parliament. Given the Abbott Gang’s rampant Nationalism, Individualism, failure to integrate, their destructive multiple ongoing bad behaviours, their contribution to the waste of our public monies, in particular their constant recidivism and failure to change it proves them to be totally dysfunctional and unable to change or fit. (ODT)
If Abbott Logic: applied to Abbott is wrong then it is when applied to South Sudanese Australians. It’s bigoted racist and is simply wrong because Tony Abbott is a member of our Australian political sysytem.
Mr Abbott said Sudanese-born people in Victoria constituted less than 0.1 per cent of the population, but were responsible for “well over” 1 per cent of all crimes committed in that state, and were 57 times more likely to commit aggravated robbery than the general population. ( no mention by Abbott that recidivism and multiple charges of a few skews these stats)
“So there is a problem,” he said. “It’s an African gang problem, and the Victorian socialist government should get real and own up to the fact that there is an African gang problem in Melbourne.”
Mr Abbott called into question the integration of all African migrants.
“I guess the big question though is: why do we store up trouble for ourselves by letting in people who are going to be difficult, difficult to integrate?” he asked.
In fact, a number of them would rather Mr Abbott retreat and quieten down.
They worry he has politicised an important policy debate by muddying it with questions about leadership.
As one Nationals MP told the ABC: “Tony probably wants it to be like the ETS. That is not where we’re coming from. He decided he’s onto a winner. But he doesn’t have our support. It’s really a waste of time.
“No-one wants to tear down the Government.”
The prospect of constant sniping from Tony Abbott on migration is more proof of the lust for destruction within a federal Coalition that is struggling so badly to offer the “stable government” it promised at the last election.
No issue has the power to divide Australians like a call to turn away migrants. Anxiety about population growth is a force that cannot be contained once it is unleashed. Knowing this, the political leaders of the past agreed on bipartisan policy for decades.
The implications for Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership are plain. Abbott used energy policy to create constant friction within the Coalition last year and is using the population debate to intensify those tactics this year.
This is an irresistible issue for the conservative base but it could break the settled bipartisan approach to migration. What hope is there for an agreement in Canberra when the governing party cannot agree with itself?
Abbott’s not problem solving for the nation he’s problem solving for himself and it really ahs more to do with the game of politics rather than anything else. There is nothing here that hasn’t been pioneered by his Murdoch advisers in America like Roger Ailes the creator of Fox News to attention grab and Abbott has turned to the full package to appeal to the One Nation voters and ALP doubters as he did once before in Australias most historic fear campaign on everything in 2008. He is afterall a one trick pony. ( Old Dog)
“some on the right of the political spectrum have invested their faith in a crude form of populism which derives its momentum from explicit and coded attacks on minorities whether defined by sexuality, race or religion.”
Student and 457 visas
Former prime minister Tony Abbott wants Australia to cut its immigration intake to what it was under the Howard government.
He told an internet radio station on Tuesday afternoon that “we’ve got to get the numbers down, and get them down very significantly”.
Changes in Australia’s immigration sector were significant under Mr Howard, but not because his government kept the permanent intake — now at 190,000 visas per year — low.
However the latter years of Mr Howard’s prime ministership delivered significant increase to net overseas migration as a proportion of the population.
Chart showing large growth in permanent visas granted annually under Howard.
By the time of the 2007 election, his government had doubled the permanent intake.
With a 79.5 per cent participation rate and a 61.6 per cent “yes” verdict, the survey was a blunt rejection of Tony Abbott and his religious confreres. And crucially, it came via a direct public buy-in they had demanded.
He lead the Coalition in the 2010 election which resulted in a hung parliament, and a Labor government under Julia Gillard, supported by two rural independents. He lost the contest for their support, and thereafter set himself on a course of destructiveness the like of which we have not seen in recent times. I will not bore you with the details; I’m sure you’ll remember his deliberately ineffectual action on climate change, his ‘axe the tax’ and ‘ditch the witch’ rhetoric, his ‘demolition’ of the NBN, and his opposition to marriage equality.
Although he did win the 2013 election for the Coalition, his performance as PM was so bad, his behaviour so destructive, and his management of the economy so poor, that the electorate turned against him and after thirty negative Newspolls in a row, Turnbull upended him on 15 September 2015 in a spectacular coup.
Former PM says he wants to see market-driven energy prices which would mean coal wouldn’t need any subsidies because it’s cheap
Abbott will become the second former Australian prime minister to address the Global Warming Policy Foundation, following John Howard in 2013
In his quest for the thing that constantly eludes him – status elevation – the prime minister in exile has Turnbull dancing to his tune, like a limp puppet on a string
Tony Abbott’s claim that marriage evolved to protect women and children is a gross rewriting of history.
By Bob Rafto The political parties are incorporated businesses which makes them subject to the laws of the ACCC. A political party is an organisation that offers a service of governing the country and a selection of candidates of that party are put forward to win the contract of governing, being a 3 year term.…
Source: He will never stop | The Monthly
“The advice back then was that we didn’t need the kind of massive bureaucratic change.”
Politicians might try to advance or retard the process of change, depending on how visionary or backwards they are, but economics runs the show regardless.
As Tony Abbott continues to turn up the heat on the Prime Minister, his potential role in a Liberal party without Malcolm Turnbull remains the most fascinating part of all, writes Andrew Probyn.
If you were to ask Malcolm Turnbull to tell you honestly what was his most demanding and persistent political problem, Tony Abbott would most likely be his answer.We are well aware of the legislative issues Turnbull faces, and the exultation he exhibits when finally he achieves a success – the passage of Gonski 2.0 is a recent example. We know too that he has dissention among the hard right elements in his party room. Cory Bernardi has already abandoned the Liberal Party to establish his Australian Conservatives, but Turnbull still has Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, Ian Macdonald, Craig Kelly, Andrew Hastie, Chris Back, Rowan Ramsay, Angus Taylor, Tony Pasin, Michael Sukkar and Zed Seselja, regular irritants led by the pernicious and vengeful Tony Abbott.But even without his henchmen, Abbott alone is a destructive force that bursts out into the open whenever an opportunity presents. If Abbott senses that he can make political capital out of anything that Turnbull does, or says, or proposes, he is out there shafting his leader.How can he be stopped?
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells joins Marise Payne in publicly rebuking the former PM as factional brawling continues in wake of leaked Christopher Pyne recording
The first question that onlookers ask, almost universally, is whether Tony Abbott is serious? Does he really think he can come back as prime minister?
Australia’s best-known Catholic politician, Tony Abbott, has defended the character of his long-standing friend, Cardinal George Pell.
Turnbull and Pyne both come out and say that there’ll be no change to government policy, which is nicely ambiguous because the suggestion from some was that a couple of Liberals were going to introduce a private member’s bill and attempt to get legislation through with a few committed souls crossing the floor. That, of course, wouldn’t require a change to government policy.There is still anger towards Christopher Pyne for suggesting that he supported something that isn’t government policy.Tony Abbott puts aside his anger to publicly release a manifesto of exactly what the government should do, which is somehow different from Pyne’s sin of saying it behind closed doors, because nobody has a problem with this at all, even though, at face value, suggesting that the government policy needs to change doesn’t seem to be supporting current government policy.
Malcolm Turnbull’s loyalists hit back at Tony Abbott, accusing him of pushing for policies that he never had the courage to implement as leader.
Is Tony Abbott’s post-leadership decompensation entering its final stage where the real harm is to his own legacy?
If there was a theme to the budget, it was this: hoo boy, them Abbott years were a mistake.
Tony Abbott has called accused political leaders of not doing enough to promote “Australian values”.
Cutting red tape, rather than immigration, should be the principled and consistent solution to lowering prices and improving housing affordability.
Malcolm Turnbull says he wants to take ideology out of energy but he shows every sign of another manufactured political fight
Unless Turnbull takes him on, Abbott will continue sniping and undermining, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to find a solution to his Tony Abbott problem as Coalition MPs sweat on the next negative development in this toxic rivalry.
Coalition ministers hopes their blistering attack on Tony Abbott has finally silenced him ahead of Federal Parliament’s return, but the former prime minister’s most loyal confidante says he’s not going anywhere.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has raised eyebrows among his colleagues for speaking out on indigenous affairs, political donations and superannuation policy while Malcolm Turnbull has been travelling overseas.
An interesting bit of framing occured with Dr Michael Jensen’s article about religious freedom. According to Dr Jensen, the rector at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Darling Point, religious freedom is under attack. He begins: “Freedom of religion? It has to be written with a question mark these days, because there is no guarantee that in a Western…
The organisation that Tony Abbott will address this week is focused on resisting the advance of LGBT rights. The increasingly global nature of the Christian right should give us pause for thought
Former defence minister says Australia should have given ‘favourable consideration’ to US plea for more troops to fight Isis in the Middle East
Sour, bitter character assassination – that was Tony Abbott’s description of the circumstances of his ignominious defeat. But it could just as well have been a summary of his time as leader of his party – the story of the rise and fall of Tony Abbott.
It is no exaggeration to say Tony Abbott is the worst prime minister Australia has had. To the extent that his brief and destructive leadership of the country is remembered, it will not be remembered well. Abbott is a prime minister without a legacy. In attempting to defend one this week, he came up with not much: some jobs, a few trade agreements, an infrastructure project, a border protection regime founded on human rights abuses, a royal commission so compromised by bias its own commissioner had to consider removing himself.
A severe anti-government swing in this Saturday’s Canning byelection could kick-start a fresh attempt to replace Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull.