Category: Abbott

Election results 2019: Tony Abbott is gone, and he will never be forgotten

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.

via Election results 2019: Tony Abbott is gone, and he will never be forgotten

‘Pea for a heart’: Tony Abbott refuses to back down on partisan tribute to Bob Hawke | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott has drawn strong criticism for the partisan tone of his Twitter tribute to Bob Hawke

In 2011, Hawke described Abbott as a “not a bad bloke” but “mad as a cut snake”.

via ‘Pea for a heart’: Tony Abbott refuses to back down on partisan tribute to Bob Hawke | Australia news | The Guardian

Abbott’s re-election backed by Communist-linked Chinese businessmen

Jack Lam and Tony Abbott the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in 2018.

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.
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via Abbott’s re-election backed by Communist-linked Chinese businessmen

Targeting Tony Abbott: inside the micro-campaigns to unseat the former PM | Australia news | The Guardian

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.

Targeting Tony Abbott: inside the micro-campaigns to unseat the former PM | Australia news | The Guardian

‘More of a friend than Obama’: Brits divided on Abbott’s Brexit intervention

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”.

via ‘More of a friend than Obama’: Brits divided on Abbott’s Brexit intervention

When will we see the end of Tony Abbott? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via When will we see the end of Tony Abbott? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

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.

‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison will bring no end to mad dance for Liberal Party

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”.

via New Prime Minister Scott Morrison will bring no end to mad dance for Liberal Party

‘No way to run a government’: Abbott slams Turnbull’s revised energy plan

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.

‘No way to run a government’: Abbott slams Turnbull’s revised energy plan

‘There is a problem’: Tony Abbott questions all African immigration amid gang violence debate

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.

‘There is a problem’: Tony Abbott questions all African immigration amid gang violence debate

Why some Nationals want Tony Abbott to stay in the dark on the National Energy Guarantee – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A spotlight on Tony Abbott illuminates his face as he speaks. There are papers and a glass of water on the table below.

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.”

via Why some Nationals want Tony Abbott to stay in the dark on the National Energy Guarantee – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigration debate chips away at Coalition determined to self destruct

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?

via Immigration debate chips away at Coalition determined to self destruct

Turnbull is mired in a Barnaby crisis of his own making – and Abbott knows it

Tony Abbott off the mark in arguing against immigration

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.”

via Turnbull is mired in a Barnaby crisis of his own making – and Abbott knows it

How John Howard boosted migration and embraced foreign students, in five charts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Permanent IntakeChart showing large growth in permanent visas granted annually under Howard.

Student and 457 visas

Chart showing grown in student and 457 visas during the Howard government.

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.
Migration intake
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.

via How John Howard boosted migration and embraced foreign students, in five charts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘He is now irrelevant’: Does Tony Abbott’s defeat on marriage mark his final decline in Canberra?

Former prime minister Tony Abbott in Parliament alongside fellow Liberal conservative Kevin Andrews.

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 is now irrelevant’: Does Tony Abbott’s defeat on marriage mark his final decline in Canberra?

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Abbott’s down, but is he out? – » The Australian Independent Media Network| Dark Times

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.

via Abbott’s down, but is he out? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott calls for end to all energy subsidies, including on coal | Australia news | The Guardian

Former PM says he wants to see market-driven energy prices which would mean coal wouldn’t need any subsidies because it’s cheap

Source: Tony Abbott calls for end to all energy subsidies, including on coal | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Daring to Doubt’: Tony Abbott to address London climate sceptic group | Australia news | The Guardian

Abbott will become the second former Australian prime minister to address the Global Warming Policy Foundation, following John Howard in 2013

Source: ‘Daring to Doubt’: Tony Abbott to address London climate sceptic group | Australia news | The Guardian

Is Abbott about to wreck marriage equality? You bet you are. You bet I am | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Source: Is Abbott about to wreck marriage equality? You bet you are. You bet I am | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

How to keep the bastards honest – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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: How to keep the bastards honest – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott says he was advised against creation of home affairs super-ministry| Goes to show how secretive he was as a leader ( olddog)

“The advice back then was that we didn’t need the kind of massive bureaucratic change.”

Source: Tony Abbott says he was advised against creation of home affairs super-ministry

Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi are irrelevant, the renewables revolution is here

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.

Source: Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi are irrelevant, the renewables revolution is here

Tony Abbott prepares for post-Malcolm Turnbull era, but exactly what would his part in that be? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: Tony Abbott prepares for post-Malcolm Turnbull era, but exactly what would his part in that be? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Coalition needs an Abbott-proof fence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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?

Source: The Coalition needs an Abbott-proof fence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Liberal senators round on Abbott, criticising him for trying to ‘rewrite history’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells joins Marise Payne in publicly rebuking the former PM as factional brawling continues in wake of leaked Christopher Pyne recording

Source: Liberal senators round on Abbott, criticising him for trying to ‘rewrite history’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Abbott Supporters Still Pyning Away! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

Source: Abbott Supporters Still Pyning Away! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott pushing for policies he didn’t implement as PM, Malcolm Turnbull’s backers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: Tony Abbott pushing for policies he didn’t implement as PM, Malcolm Turnbull’s backers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott is wrong: reducing immigration won’t solve the housing crisis

Cutting red tape, rather than immigration, should be the principled and consistent solution to lowering prices and improving housing affordability.

Source: Tony Abbott is wrong: reducing immigration won’t solve the housing crisis

Australia’s energy policy is a world-class failure and Abbott wears the gold medal of blame | Katharine Murphy | Environment | The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull says he wants to take ideology out of energy but he shows every sign of another manufactured political fight

Source: Australia’s energy policy is a world-class failure and Abbott wears the gold medal of blame | Katharine Murphy | Environment | The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull holds his nerve as Liberals sweat on Tony Abbott’s next grenade

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.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull holds his nerve as Liberals sweat on Tony Abbott’s next grenade

Malcolm Turnbull’s government ‘on life support’, Tony Abbott confidante declares

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.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull’s government ‘on life support’, Tony Abbott confidante declares

Watch This Space: Jacqui Lambie says an Abbott return would be ‘stupid’

Is Tony Abbott going to tackle Malcolm Turnbull for the Liberal Party leadership? It’s unlikely say many commentators, but Martin Hirst writes where there’s smoke there’s (usually) fire.

Source: Watch This Space: Jacqui Lambie says an Abbott return would be ‘stupid’

The ‘bring Abbott back’ push is completely delusional | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

Unlike Kevin Rudd, there’s no public appetite for the return of Tony Abbott. And the policies he’s championing to differentiate himself are hugely unpopular

Source: The ‘bring Abbott back’ push is completely delusional | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

While Malcolm Turnbull’s away, Tony Abbott comes out to play

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.

Source: While Malcolm Turnbull’s away, Tony Abbott comes out to play

Poor Tony Abbott, Gonski And Framing Your Way To Government! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

naughtiest girl again

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…

Source: Poor Tony Abbott, Gonski And Framing Your Way To Government! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott’s speaking engagements deserve our scrutiny, and our concern | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

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

Source: Tony Abbott’s speaking engagements deserve our scrutiny, and our concern | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

Kevin Andrews criticises Marise Payne for denying US request for more troops | Australia news | The Guardian

Former defence minister says Australia should have given ‘favourable consideration’ to US plea for more troops to fight Isis in the Middle East

Source: Kevin Andrews criticises Marise Payne for denying US request for more troops | Australia news | The Guardian

A sour, bitter episode | The Monthly

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.

Source: A sour, bitter episode | The Monthly

Kicking the Abbott | The Saturday Paper

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.

Source: Kicking the Abbott | The Saturday Paper

Fairfax-Ipsos poll points to Coalition win in Canning but Tony Abbott may face snap challenge

A severe anti-government swing in this Saturday’s Canning byelection could kick-start a fresh attempt to replace Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull.

Source: Fairfax-Ipsos poll points to Coalition win in Canning but Tony Abbott may face snap challenge