Category: Tony Abbott

‘Not a behemoth sitting on Australian democracy’: Tony Abbott defends Rupert Murdoch

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

 

Tony Abbott’s lament that prayer needs a greater role ignores a history of Christian invasion | Paul Daley | Opinion | The Guardian

Former prime minister Tony Abbott is seen during the launch of a new book by Dr Kevin Donnelly at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, November 20, 2018.

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

Tony Abbott rejects warnings, urges Scott Morrison to move Israel embassy

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

Tony Abbott and conservative MPs campaign to take back control of Liberal party | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott campaigning on Manly wharf in the 2016 election

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

Tony Abbott describes conditions on Nauru as ‘very, very pleasant’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott grins as reporters try to interview him outside Parliament

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

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Key points

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)

‘What a coincidence’ Tony Abbott secretly met Boris Johnson before savaging Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Boris Johnson is widely believed to be considering making a tilt for the prime ministership.

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

Well done, Tony – now you’ve destroyed the Coalition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

‘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

The person with the most to fear from the Liberal Party’s Wentworth debacle is Tony Abbott

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

Scott Morrison has promised us change, but do his colleagues even know what it means? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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 | The Monthly

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

Over Tony Abbott | 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.

Over Tony Abbott | The Monthly

Confused about Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership crisis? Here’s what you need to know – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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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)

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

Cate McGregor ends friendship with Tony Abbott over ‘selfish and expedient’ campaigning

The long-term friend of Tony Abbott says his “dismissal of trans identity” has now made it “impossible for us to be friends”.

Source: Cate McGregor ends friendship with Tony Abbott over ‘selfish and expedient’ campaigning

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 says he was injured after being assaulted by same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart

Mr Abbott used the incident to reiterate his claim that supporters of same-sex marriage were overwhelmingly guilty of bullying and intimidation.

Source: Tony Abbott says he was injured after being assaulted by same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart

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

Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

The Turnbull government has quietly abandoned strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system.

Source: Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

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