Category: Tony Abbott

Oh Ye of Little Faith! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

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

Day to Day Politics: The clown of Warringah – » 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

China’s Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao mega bridge is more than an engineering challenge – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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)

The Monash Forum and energy policy: Making the most of the 30th Newspoll

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

Goodbye Bill Morrow, the NBN Nero, who fiddled and raged as it buffered

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

It’s easier for Tony Abbott to attack migration than admit his own policies are to blame | Greg Jericho | Opinion | The Guardian

‘The economy is not as straightforward as Abbott would have us believe – migrants increase economic activity, and generally improve overall productivity. What they don’t do is lower wage growth.’

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

Same-sex marriage bill: Tony Abbott didn’t vote

 

 Tony Abbott spend most of Thursday in the chamber arguing passionately during the debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill. Picture: Kym Smith

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

Tony Abbott To Visit Anti-LGBTQ ‘Hate Group’ Again

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.

Source: Tony Abbott To Visit Anti-LGBTQ ‘Hate Group’ Again

It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end

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

The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

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

The ‘No surprises here’ case | The Saturday Paper

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott tells us that marriage was created for the safety of women and children.

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.

Source: The ‘No surprises here’ case | The Saturday Paper

Abbott headbutt stops nation. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Australia’s great tradition as a pioneer of progress is one we need to remember

“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.

Source: Australia’s great tradition as a pioneer of progress is one we need to remember

‘Nothing to do with same-sex marriage’: Anarchist DJ who headbutted Tony Abbott

“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

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? – New Matilda

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

Tony Abbott threatens to cross the floor on energy policy

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.

Source: Tony Abbott threatens to cross the floor on energy policy

‘Baseless attacks’ by NBN Co cronies see resignations at Internet Australia

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.

Source: ‘Baseless attacks’ by NBN Co cronies see resignations at Internet Australia

Tony Abbott’s ego as big as Phar Lap’s heart

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.)

Source: Tony Abbott’s ego as big as Phar Lap’s heart

Tony Abbott outlines policy ‘common sense’ in swipe at Turnbull | Australia news | The Guardian

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)

Source: Tony Abbott outlines policy ‘common sense’ in swipe at Turnbull | Australia news | The Guardian

‘I was sober in the morning’: Tony Abbott defends drinking binge, hits out at drunks on welfare

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”.

Source: ‘I was sober in the morning’: Tony Abbott defends drinking binge, hits out at drunks on welfare

The Right to Discriminate: your choice, or is it mandatory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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…

Source: The Right to Discriminate: your choice, or is it mandatory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott And The Dangers Of Allowing Two People To Marry… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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…

Source: Tony Abbott And The Dangers Of Allowing Two People To Marry… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott is ripping his anti-gay marriage strategy out of the US playbook| Abbott’s  in the sewer not a single word about Equality

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

Tony Abbott’s nuclear ambitions surface in call to rethink submarines

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.

Source: Tony Abbott’s nuclear ambitions surface in call to rethink submarines

‘Enough is enough’: Malcolm Turnbull blasts ‘glib’ slogans, calls for national climate plan

A frustrated Malcolm Turnbull has taken an apparent swipe at his predecessor, Tony Abbott, for reducing climate policy debate to “glib” slogans.

Source: ‘Enough is enough’: Malcolm Turnbull blasts ‘glib’ slogans, calls for national climate plan

We should be thankful for Tony Abbott. No, really

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.

Source: We should be thankful for Tony Abbott. No, really

Tony Abbott Sets Us Straight – ANZAC Day And Other Thoughts – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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…

Source: Tony Abbott Sets Us Straight – ANZAC Day And Other Thoughts – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott says Australia should make greater commitment to fighting ‘evil caliphate’ | Australia news | What does Abbott mean?| War for political gain

Former PM pre-empts Malcolm Turnbull’s first meeting with Donald Trump by suggesting more help for US in Middle East

Source: Tony Abbott says Australia should make greater commitment to fighting ‘evil caliphate’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott accuses Coalition of undermining its own message on citizenship | Australia news | The Guardian

Former PM says ‘some genius’ derailed the Turnbull government’s message when it had a positive story to tell

Source: Tony Abbott accuses Coalition of undermining its own message on citizenship | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Just Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Nutt and I had it’: Tony Abbott lashes ‘sneaky’ leak of Warringah polling

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.

Source: ‘Just Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Nutt and I had it’: Tony Abbott lashes ‘sneaky’ leak of Warringah polling

‘Stop trashing your colleagues’: China treaty failure sparks war between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull camps

The federal government’s failure to ratify the China-Australia extradition treaty has sparked a proxy war.

Source: ‘Stop trashing your colleagues’: China treaty failure sparks war between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull camps

Abbott’s legacy of destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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…

Source: Abbott’s legacy of destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network