History won’t forget Tony Abbott’s cowardly act
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.
Same-sex marriage bill: Tony Abbott didn’t vote
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.
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Tony Abbott’s bravura performance as a stand-up comic received rave reviews — and the consensus was he was a raving ratbag.
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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.
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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.
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The long-term friend of Tony Abbott says his “dismissal of trans identity” has now made it “impossible for us to be friends”.
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There is a simple reason for his unpopularity: very few people want what he wants. The Australia of his imagination is largely uninhabitable. It is a place of exclusion and nihilistic priorities. This is quite deliberate. Power for people such as Abbott is about disenfranchising anyone who is not like them.
There is no real place for a person such as Abbott in contemporary society, which is why he is still in the parliament. Business would not have him and nor would the community sector. The church in which he first discovered his failings could not find room for him among its charities.
Abbott is a man contemptuous of the planet on which he lives. He is fearful of equality and totally unfeeling in his rejection of it.
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Conservative politicians and commentators continue to ignore the reality of renewable technology as business embraces it.
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A 2GB pulpit helps Abbott extract maximum political mileage out of his assault. He puts the boot into all Yes supporters.“There is no doubt that there has been some ugliness as part of this debate but I regret to say that nearly all of it seems to be coming from one side and that is the people who tell us that love is love,” he intones with a straight face despite what he says is a “… very, very slightly swollen lip” … It (is) pretty clear that this was politically motivated violence.”
Source: Abbott headbutt stops nation. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“I worry about the brave new world of same-sex marriage if this is how some of the people who are most enthusiastically working for it are behaving.” Abbott’s assailant says that “this was nothing to do with that”, that it was “just my personal hatred” of Abbott, energised by alcohol. He agrees with Abbott’s account that he was sporting a “yes” sticker on his jacket.
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“It was nothing to do with the ‘yes’ campaign, that was just a sticker that a friend stuck on me,” he said.”[It] was just a lifelong ambition to headbutt a fascist because I’m a skinhead that likes ska music and hates fascism. He’s an evil c—, I’m an anarchist and I believe in human rights.”
Source: ‘Nothing to do with same-sex marriage’: Anarchist DJ who headbutted Tony Abbott
UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown. Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love… inveterate liar. And the latter one is on everyone’s lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed – he claims – yesterday by aMore
Source: Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? – New Matilda
Mr Abbott used the incident to reiterate his claim that supporters of same-sex marriage were overwhelmingly guilty of bullying and intimidation.
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Former prime minister Tony Abbott has threatened to cross the floor of Parliament and vote against any move to introduce a clean-energy target, describing as “unconscionable” any move to wind back support for coal in favour of renewables.
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IA’s NBN policy has never been “pro-ALP”, as some have suggested — it has only ever been pro-Australia and based on expert advice from the board and the membership.
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Staff at the CSIRO are bracing for another round of job cuts, as unions warn of nearly 60 planned redundancies.
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My calculations, based on the figures published by the Department of Finance for 2016, show that Mr Abbott spent $79,236.13 on “domestic scheduled fares” and received $37,471 in travel allowances, a total of $116,707.13.The other five former prime ministers – Julia Gillard, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd – between them in 2016 spent a total $73,152.21 on “domestic scheduled fares”.(For the record, Abbott’s predecessors claimed for domestic travel as follows: Gillard – $22,631.24; Hawke – $13,971.31; Howard – $30,837.91; Keating – $2,149.86; Rudd – $3,662.49.)
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Writing in the Liberal party magazine the Contributor, Abbott argues that Australians are feeling “downcast and have much reason to be” but he tries to encourage his colleagues to remember their “challenge is not to fall silent, because a majority that stays silent does not remain a majority”.
The pall began when when Abbott ran for PM the politics were never as negative until he took the helm and the remain so. Chicken Little was brought to life under Tony Abbott and continues in his presance. (old dog tought)
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The former prime minister admitted he had fallen asleep on a couch during a crucial GFC bailout vote in 2009.
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The former PM said he was “sober in the morning” but lamented that taxpayer money “is being blown on booze and that’s not a good thing for anyone”.
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By Terence Mills It’s started: the religious communities are letting us know that if we do approve same-sex marriage in the government’s postal survey, there will be repercussions and penalties to be paid and they will not hold back. Over the weekend Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne fired the first salvo and let it be known…
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I guess most of you heard about Tony Abbott’s performance on the Ray Hardly Show. You know, the one where he talked about the dangers of two people marrying… Yes, yes, I know, his parents got married and had him. Ha ha, very funny. That’s just typical of you lefties. Attack the man when you…
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Tony Abbott is not a dual citizen, but he is a belligerent narcissist who revels in spreading acrimony and dividing the nation.
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The Turnbull government has quietly abandoned strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system.
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In the US those “significant implications” became the arguments that “gay propaganda” would spread into schools, that once gay marriage was the norm other aberrant forms of marriage would follow, that religious groups would be victimised.It became the fraught concern for the wellbeing of bakers and marriage celebrants and wedding caterers. It was about anything but the right of a committed couple to marry.All of this is already in play in Australia, and was neatly summed up by Abbott on Wednesday morning.But according to Wolfson there was a parallel campaign fought too.
You can see it already if you care to dip your toe into online sewers, and elements of it have crept onto cable TV. On Tuesday night Bronwyn Bishop was on Sky News warning of bestiality and the killing of newborn babies.
Source: Tony Abbott is ripping his anti-gay marriage strategy out of the US playbook
Australia should fundamentally rethink its submarine program and consider buying nuclear-powered boats, Tony Abbott says, to better arm the Royal Australian Navy at a time when regional rivals such as China and Russia are expanding their fleets.
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A frustrated Malcolm Turnbull has taken an apparent swipe at his predecessor, Tony Abbott, for reducing climate policy debate to “glib” slogans.
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But overall, the Turnbull government seems to have finally realised what Abbott and his supporters fail to see, that the November 2013 election outcome was never a plea by Australians for a radical downsizing of the role of government in Australia, or a call to balance the budget on the backs of the poorest in society, but a simple denunciation of the political rabble the leadership of the Australian Labor Party had become.
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A number of people have expressed confusion about the Right’s position on free speech. On the one hand, they argue that 18C is contrary to Australian values because, well, we should be allowed to say what we like and if people are offended bad luck, because that’s the price we all pay for the freedom…
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Former PM pre-empts Malcolm Turnbull’s first meeting with Donald Trump by suggesting more help for US in Middle East
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Former PM says ‘some genius’ derailed the Turnbull government’s message when it had a positive story to tell
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Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed the “sneaky, underhanded” leaking of polling data that suggested he was set to lose his seat of Warringah in the 2016 election – until Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intervened.
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Warren Entsch says the former PM is trashing his own legacy by waging a “jihad” against Malcolm Turnbull.
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We’ve seen this movie before. We were gripped, but that doesn’t mean we want to watch it again.
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Robb review says no significant research was done before the deeply unpopular measures were introduced
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Some officials will read the review but will have to return their copies, underlying the sensitivity of its findings.
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The federal government’s failure to ratify the China-Australia extradition treaty has sparked a proxy war.
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By Ad astra Do you sometimes wonder how the Turnbull government has managed to get itself into such a mess? Of course Malcolm Turnbull must shoulder much of the blame himself. A piece that I will post next week: Thirty pieces of silver attests to this. By sacrificing his long-held principles and values on the…
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Tony Abbott has laid out a five-point plan for the Coalition to have a chance at the “winnable” next election.
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Former prime minister Tony Abbott has delivered a blunt warning that the May budget should not raise taxes.
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Tony Abbott has delivered a blunt message to the man who replaced him as prime minister.
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Tony Abbott’s overwhelming self-belief is astonishing to behold On Saturday, he wrote an article in the Australian which clearly indicates he believes the country, and the Liberal Party, will see the error of their ways and embrace the work he started during his short-lived and spectacularly unsuccessful stint in the top job. He wants the…
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The Turnbull Government has slapped down Tony Abbott’s call for it to ditch its renewable energy target for 2020, declaring there are “no plans” to change the policy that was settled when Mr Abbott was prime minister.
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