Source: The Fiberal Party of Australia –Noel Pearson has labelled former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s calls to scrap the Indigenous Voice “absurd”
Source: The Fiberal Party of Australia –Noel Pearson has labelled former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s calls to scrap the Indigenous Voice “absurd”
Separatism Abbott came to Australia by boat in 1778 and was then written into our Constitution. Had the First Nation people here been recognized and treaties signed a united nation might have progressed and an appropriate Constitution written.
Instead of recognizing the faults of the past and the inbuilt racism that they contained Abbott wants to deny history and the common sense that would correct it’s shame.
When Peter Dutton announced he would step in to lead the campaign against the Voice, Noel Pearson lost a night of sleep and delivered a withering portrayal of the Opposition Leader.
Tony Abbott appears to be living proof that a “Voice to Parliament” isn’t necessarily going to be listened to by Parliament. He already has a citizen’s voice recognized by our constitution and no longer represents any special group of people that deserve a privileged place. He simply is a son of the invaders of this land that overran the first peoples here. He seems to believe he represents that privileged group and that they deserve to retain a special place in this country.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has accused Labor MPs of gagging figures who are sceptical of this year’s referendum after he was blocked from appearing at a key parliamentary inquiry into the proposed Indigenous Voice to parliament.
Source: Voice to parliament: Tony Abbott denied chance to speak at parliamentary inquiry
George Pell’s funeral in Sydney has shown clearly the divisions within the Australian community at large, the Catholic Church itself, and the conservative side of politics. It all boils down to whether or not Pell was a decent human being. Aside from the well-known path from obscurity to eminence, there is the ongoing debate as…
George Pell has divided the country, and he will continue to do so. He was found to have facilitated the actions of known pedophiles, by consciously ignoring criminal behaviour, and by moving them on to fresh pastures.
He was charged with sexual offences against children, and eventually acquitted. This does not mean he was innocent. It means that the case was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.
On a moral basis, he spoke of having “not much interest” in hearing accusations against what were his ‘staff’. He seems to have had no understanding of what it takes to manage people, and to protect children. He appears to have had no insight into victims’ suffering, nor that of their family and friends.
For the conservative politicians who are swarming to support Pell, take a look at your own, contradictory position. Abbott, Howard, even Dutton are singing Pell’s praises, while apparently totally ignoring the findings of a Royal Commission.
As politicians they are aware of the legal and moral power of a Royal Commission, and yet two prime ministers and someone wishing to become one, dismiss the institution. I would call that contempt for Parliament, or contempt for logic.
A saint for our times? I would describe Pell as a rather shabby individual who failed on every measure. The fact that the conservative side of politics is now rallying around such a man, proves there is something rotten in our fair land. Children are our most precious resource, and look how they were treated.
Source: Was Pell a decent man? No – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Tony Abbott has added himself to Australia’s register of foreign influence after the British government pressed ahead with his appointment to a trade position. The former Australian prime minister registered his new role as an adviser to the UK Board of Trade – an appointment that attracted controversy in both countries – but wrote that he was not receiving any payment.Tony Abbott registers as agent of foreign influence over UK trade adviser role | Australia news | The Guardian
The former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has said politicians need to balance allowing more elderly Covid patients to die with the economic cost of an extreme lockdown. Speaking at the Policy Exchange thinktank in London, Abbott, tipped to become a UK trade envoy, said not enough politicians were ‘behaving like health economists, trained to pose uncomfortable questions about the level of deaths we might have to live with’Hard questions needed on cost of keeping all Covid patients alive, says Tony Abbott – video | Australia news | The Guardian
Hunting for a Knighthood? A way back? (ODT)
Labor has demanded the Morrison government explain how former prime minister Tony Abbott will manage conflicts of interest as he advises the United Kingdom on trade deals with countries including Australia. Mr Abbott confirmed his appointment as an unpaid adviser to the UK Board of Trade on Saturday morning after a firestorm of criticism over his past comments on women and gay people.Tony Abbott: Labor questions former PM’s conflict of interest in new UK trade role
The former prime minister’s reported appointment to the board is continuing to cause a political storm in Westminster with a prominent Conservative MP breaking ranks and savaging the prospect, describing Abbott as a “misogynist” with a poor record on gay rights.Tony Abbott targeted by British MPs ahead of UK trade job
So why is Australia plunging into a rapidly emptying summer swimming pool? The answer can be found in the mutterings of the far right extremists now in charge of the National and Liberal parties, and our national destiny There is no stopping this wrecking crew. Thus far The Usual Suspects – Craig Kelly MP, Josh Frydenberg MP and Senator Richard Colbeck — are blaming Victorian Premier Dan Andrews for the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And calling for the use of a dangerous, ineffective drug to treat the disease, while denying responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of men and women languishing in a privatised aged care system. But all this is as nothing when compared with the embarrassment of the Blunder from Down Under, the onion eating serial misogynist, and climate denying failed Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.Blunder from Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Always a great Reminder (ODT)
Barack Obama’s team watched Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech whenever they were “really annoyed” with Tony Abbott, one of the president’s senior advisers has revealed.
via Obama White House team watched Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech when annoyed at Tony Abbott | Australia news | The Guardian
He always was if you look at his history (ODT)
via Tony Abbott was asked to register as agent of foreign influence after migration speech in Hungary | Australia news | The Guardian
Photoshoot opportunity, (ODT)
The former prime minister Tony Abbott has been filmed leaving the Melbourne prison where the convicted paedophile Cardinal George Pell is being held, with the former Coalition leader saying he was there “visiting a friend”.
via Tony Abbott filmed leaving the prison where Cardinal George Pell is being held | Australia news | The Guardian
In Tony Abbott did Australia ever elect a Prime Minister so ignorant of technology, the environment and science? So oblivious of the needs of women and so out of touch with a modern pluralist society.
“Got me beat why Tony Abbott is being feted so much. Remember, he ordered the destruction of our NBN. How much productivity has been lost because of it? How many tens of billions will it cost to repair? Remember also he tore up the price on carbon, at an immeasurable cost to us.”( M.Taylor)
via Tony Abbott’s government was “remarkably underappreciated”, says Tony Abbott – » The Australian Independent Media Network
He has the cunning of a sewer rat and the IQ of a Boris both flashes in Tory history who dream of 72 virgins,,,Murdochian Trumpsters (ODT)
Boris Johnson is poised to win any snap poll because he is on the side of the people, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told an audience in London.
Abbott, who was dumped by his own colleagues as prime minister and by the voters in the historically blue-ribbon seat of Warringah in the May election, is delivering a series of speeches in Europe.
Alan Jones interview with Tony Abbott was as tired as one could get a repeat of on 9 months ago neither had anything new to say (ODT)
Asked by the Sydney radio 2GB host Alan Jones on Friday morning whether his successor had been “sticking them [wind turbines] up there” in his former electorate, Abbott replied there had been “a lot of wind, but not too much action”.
“And thank God,” he told Jones. “Because the last thing we want is what I regard as the dark satanic mills of the modern era spoiling our landscape.”
“Absolutely,” Jones said. “Absolutely.”
Abbott said he was comforted by the energy minister Angus Taylor’s pledge to keep Australia’s coal-fired power stations open.
Abbott declared in 2015 he wished the Howard government, of which he was a member, had never implemented the Renewable Energy Target. He then signed Australia up to the Paris agreement while prime minister but later campaigned for Australia’s withdrawal when he was returned to the backbench following a leadership coup.
via ‘Dark satanic mills’: Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines | Australia news | The Guardian
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down Tony Abbott for his “partisan” tribute to their late Labor predecessor Bob Hawke following the 89-year-old’s death on Thursday.
Mr Abbott shocked the community with a statement that attempted to score political points just hours after Mr Hawke’s death, describing the Labor legend as having “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”, and bemoaning modern Labor’s drift from his legacy.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.Credit:Janie Barrett
Mr Morrison said those were not the words he used in his own statement and that he hoped Liberals paying tribute to Mr Hawke “would not be seen to be partisan”.
He praised Mr Hawke as a “unifier” and “a man of enormous intellectual capacity”, as well as Labor’s greatest prime minister.
via Bob Hawke death: Scott Morrison cautions Tony Abbott on ‘partisan’ statement
Man about Warringah: social media weaponised in fight for Tony Abbott’s seat | Australia news | The Guardian
Tony Abbott pulled the panic lever on Friday, and Malcolm Turnbull pushed the revenge button.
The gainers from these spectacular plays were Zali Steggall, the independent candidate who is trying to oust Abbott in Warringah, and Bill Shorten, who is handed another break in his campaign to defeat the Government.
Years ago, in a much earlier round of the climate and emissions wars, Mr Abbott referred to himself as a “weather vane”.
That accurate self-assessment invited ridicule, but his latest change of direction is beyond absurd.
For months, Mr Abbott was calling for Australia to exit Paris, like the Americans.
It was part of his unremitting campaign against Mr Turnbull, and the then-PM’s drive for a national energy guarantee.
What Warringah thinks of Abbott
New research shows Warringah voters are considering change but alternative candidates are yet to win their hearts and minds, writes Michelle Grattan.
But Mr Abbott’s new view is that leaving Paris is unnecessary.
via Malcolm Turnbull pushes revenge button as Tony Abbott’s climate change highlights election panic – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Abbott told his interlocutor David Speers, because Angus Taylor was now the energy minister, and presumably is not in the grip of EO™.
Good man, Angus.
What is unclear though, is how Angus being a good man with EO™ immunity makes the Paris target any less than it was when Abbott signed up to it, recanted, then clambered back on board it again – but this way lies madness.
Instead of getting frustrated with a performance that could be fairly categorised perhaps as the last stand of the political opportunist, perhaps we should just look on the bright side and celebrate the backflip on the backflip.
Friday’s about face from Abbott shows that political pressure does have an impact.
via Dear Tony, your change of heart on Paris treaty is as insincere as it is desperate | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian
Tony Abbott trying to grab the limelight from Morrison (ODT)
It’s one thing for the Coalition to blame Labor and the Greens for everything – that’s just politics, as ProMo would say – but it’s quite another to claim credit for things you were dragged to, kicking and screaming and resisting all the way, by the persistent and growing voice of the people.
Tony Abbott is claiming credit for marriage equality.
via Claiming credit – » The Australian Independent Media Network
A former adviser to Malcolm Turnbull who was challenging Tony Abbott in his blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Warringah has pulled out of the contest and thrown her support behind a campaign by world champion athlete Zali Steggall to take down the former prime minister.
via Malcolm Turnbull’s former staffer pulls out of Warringah contest to back Zali Steggall
Australia is sick of his BS and it shows in recent Warringah polls. So our Tony goes to the other side of the planet to be heard and we are paying his fare (ODT
“I just don’t think it’s right for a moment to say that Rupert Murdoch is this behemoth sitting on Australian democracy,” he said.
“And in any event, even if Murdoch’s opinions are more influential than that of the average person, in the end the best way to deal with a bad opinion is to argue the contrary. And I certainly don’t see any lack of debate in Australia.”
via ‘Not a behemoth sitting on Australian democracy’: Tony Abbott defends Rupert Murdoch
Abbott should read up on the importance of Indigenous connection to country after his latest opportunistic – or wilfully ignorant – stunt
via Tony Abbott’s lament that prayer needs a greater role ignores a history of Christian invasion | Paul Daley | Opinion | The Guardian
Abbott was once declared the Pivot of the Pacific who turned out to be the Pillock. He’s stuck,a regressive in our inglorious and colonial past. (ODT)
Tony Abbott has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to proceed with a controversial shift in policy on Israel despite a warning from Malaysia that the move could fuel terrorism and concerns from Indonesia over a $16.5 billion trade deal.
Mr Abbott said the “rhetorical backlash” from Muslim countries in Asia was always going to happen but that this should not stop Australia showing its support for Israel by moving the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
via Tony Abbott rejects warnings, urges Scott Morrison to move Israel embassy
It’s on again by Tony Abbott for his own sake “let’s make Abbott Great again”(ODT)
Tony Abbott and like-minded conservatives are in the midst of a concerted push to claim back the heart and soul of the Liberal party and potentially reinstall him as leader should the party find itself in opposition after next year’s federal election.
The tight-knit group, which includes Abbott, the MP for Hughes, Craig Kelly, the MP for Canning in Perth, Andrew Hastie, and the New South Wales senator Jim Molan have embarked on a series of events at rightwing branches exhorting conservatives to take back control of the Liberal agenda.
On Thursday night Abbott will hold a gala fundraiser for his campaign to retain the seat of Warringah, where he is almost certain to face a significant challenge from an independent in next year’s federal election.
via Tony Abbott and conservative MPs campaign to take back control of Liberal party | Australia news | The Guardian
Yes Tony Abbott and Chris Kenny of News Corp intend to holiday there. Children and adults with serious complaints are removed from Australian towns. In the case of complaints on Nauru the doctors are removed.(ODT)
Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Nauru is being unfairly portrayed as a “hell-hole” when it is in fact a “very pleasant” place. Children and
Tony Abbott said medical facilities on Nauru were better than in some Australian towns
Medical groups have called for the immediate removal of children from Nauru
Labor said it shouldn’t be taking the Government so long to resettle the refugees
via Tony Abbott describes conditions on Nauru as ‘very, very pleasant’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Tony Abbott proves himself yet again he’s not to be the brightest pick of the bunch. .(ODT)
Mr Abbott’s meeting with Mr Johnson, kept secret by both parties until now, has been exposed by a Labour MP whom Tony Abbott confided in, not realising he was a Labour and not a Tory MP.
Stephen Doughty told The Sun-Herald he was in Oxford on October 4 when he bumped into Mr Abbott in the street. The former prime minister told him he had just had some “good meetings” with “your man Boris”, not realising Mr Doughty is a strong remainer and campaigning for a second referendum.
via ‘What a coincidence’ Tony Abbott secretly met Boris Johnson before savaging Theresa May’s Brexit plan
He’s been this way for years. Like a kid playing a violent video game such as Call Of Duty, he has aimed his high-powered rocket at his opponents, forcing them to duck or blowing them to smithereens, destroying them utterly. And then he claps his little hands in delight. Destructiveness has consistently been his modus operandi. He has no equal in Australian political history.
The result of his destructiveness is writ large in the outcome of the Wentworth by-election. Although there were many factors that led to this disastrous result for the Coalition, there is no escaping the naked truth that behind this calamity was the phantom of the nation’s most destructive politician, Anthony John Abbott.
via Well done, Tony – now you’ve destroyed the Coalition – » The Australian Independent Media Network
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
These are ominous signs for Abbott’s future. The former prime minister played a key role in the demise of Turnbull, and has led the charge against any substantial policy to reduce Australia’s emissions. Who can forget Abbott once said the science behind climate change was “absolute crap”?
Warringah sits across the other side of Sydney Harbour to Wentworth, but has some remarkably similar demographics. While the Liberal Party risks losing Wentworth from what should be a very safe margin of nearly 18 per cent, Abbott holds Warringah by a much smaller 11.1 per cent.
via The person with the most to fear from the Liberal Party’s Wentworth debacle is Tony Abbott
Only a pedant might pause to point out, to the uninitiated, that in the terminology the Coalition uses about the Labor government, that that would be the “Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government” he was talking about.
On Thursday, the bloke actually heading the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was choosing to remember the legacy of the founder of the Liberal Party, Sir Robert Menzies, in a speech in Albury.
via Scott Morrison has promised us change, but do his colleagues even know what it means? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Tony Abbott: from backbench rebel to backbench envoy on Indigenous affairs
This Clayton’s appointment has already come unstuck
via Tony Abbott: from backbench rebel to backbench envoy on Indigenous affairs | The Monthly
What did the rest of Australia ever do to the voters of Warringah? Lucky to live in one of the most blessed constituencies on earth, stretching from Sydney’s leafy north shore to the northern beaches, its residents have nevertheless foisted on Australia the single most destructive politician of our time: Tony Abbott. The failed priest, nicknamed the “mad monk”, has done incalculable damage to this country. And for someone who aspired to be a “junkyard dog savaging the other side”, Abbott has lately mostly savaged his own, culminating in last week’s Pyrrhic victory over Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which slaked his thirst for revenge but left the Liberals in their worst position for a decade.
So what’s going on right now?
At approximately one year out from the next election, we are also at a critical time in the political cycle.
MPs are starting to think about what they can do to give themselves the best chance to keep their seats.
But after four different prime ministers in five years, such leadership speculation is now impossible to ignore.
via Confused about Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership crisis? Here’s what you need to know – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Well, you thought he couldn’t do it; you thought that Tony Abbott was indulging in intemperate exuberance [or telling fibs] when he said in 2013 that during the first five years of his reign as Emperor of Australia, he would create one million new jobs.
Well, you would have to eat your words now, wouldn’t you? Because not only did he achieve his goal, he did it mostly from the back-bench and that’s not easy. One million new jobs, WOW!
But, as frequently happens with our former Prime Minister’s moments of triumph, there is always some smart-arse lefty statistician running around ready to prick Tony’s balloon with annoying facts.
via Oh Ye of Little Faith! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
His performance as the Member for the blue ribbon seat of Warringah has really been abysmal to say the least. What was a 15% margin in the once safe seat has been chopped down to 5% and the local members aren’t very happy. I’m not surprised. Regardless of party I would expect that no group would want to be represented by the greatest liar to ever have set foot on the floor coverings of Parliament House.
And his negative running commentary on the party he once led since losing the leadership has been on the margin of a traitor to the cause. What a dreadful leader he was and member he still is – milking his position for every drop of power and personal advantage he could extract from it.
via Day to Day Politics: The clown of Warringah – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Remember when Tony Abbott bragged he’d be the Infra Structure PM what a joke. This 55 km sea bridge too 8 years to build
China is about to open the world’s longest sea bridge to traffic in the latest demonstration of its infrastructure ambitions.
The 55-kilometre bridge and tunnel project links the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau with the mainland, slashing travel time and linking up to 60 million people into a metropolis-style economy.
via China’s Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao mega bridge is more than an engineering challenge – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
ISIS wants to take over Islam The Monash Forum Monkey Pod Room want to take over the Liberal Party. What they have in common is the lack of guts to stand alone. They are fundamentally destroyers.
The coal-worshipping Monash Forum is a rearguard guerrilla action against the incumbent Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is putting the coal back into “Coal-ition”, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.
via The Monash Forum and energy policy: Making the most of the 30th Newspoll
The Tony Abbott Mr Nope Nope Nope Legacy
With complaints about the NBN’s shonky and inadequate service at an all-time high, and after having made compromises that have “rolled his stomach”, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has decided to jump this sinking ship two years before the project’s completion.
Morrow’s tenure in charge of the operation has – to say the least – being turbulent, with the belligerent American being happy to defame and disparage his critics — so long as it’s under the cloak of Parliamentary privilege. Former Internet Australia boss Laurie Patton recalls one such occasion.
via Goodbye Bill Morrow, the NBN Nero, who fiddled and raged as it buffered
From employment to infrastructure to housing affordability, Abbott should take a hard look at his own policy before attacking those of others
via It’s easier for Tony Abbott to attack migration than admit his own policies are to blame | Greg Jericho | Opinion | The Guardian
TONY Abbott spent most of yesterday arguing about the same-sex marriage bill. But at the moment of truth, he became a coward.
The people of Warringah, who Mr Abbott has represented for the past 23 years, delivered one of the most emphatic displays of support for gay marriage marry when they returned their postal votes. An overwhelming 75 per cent of voters in his electorate voted Yes. Tony Abbott turned his back on them.
Thursday that Abbott, the member for Warringah, will travel to the United States later this month to deliver a speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom. The ADF has been a vocal opponent of advancing rights for LGBTQ people, including staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. The ADF has also advocated for homosexuality to be relisted as a criminal offence.
Tony Abbott’s bravura performance as a stand-up comic received rave reviews — and the consensus was he was a raving ratbag.
Source: Mungo MacCallum: Tony Abbott is the joke that keeps on giving
Abbott, ever the Jesuit, parsed his breezy, idiosyncratic summary of the crapness of climate science, all in terms of religion, natch. We live in a post-Christian world, he said, and climate science is the new religion, but it’s also like a primitive cult because carbon abatement measures are akin to the goats the pre-Christian savages used to sacrifice to the volcano gods.
Source: It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end
Almost as bad is the claim that ’99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.”Votes? What votes?Abbott seemed to be suggesting that the 97 percent consensus (the 99 was a mistake by Abbott, it’s actually 97) was based on some bogus poll.Wrong.There was never any poll of scared scientists who pretended to be in furious agreement about climate change lest they be branded as heretics. In fact, the paper which first identified the 97 percent consensus was a 2013 survey of the scientific literature that was already out there.And what 97 percent of that scientific literature effectively said was: it’s happening and we’re causing it.
Source: The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech