Earlier this week, I was reminded of this conversation when I read a tweet from the Honorable Tony Abbott which said:
“People on unemployment benefits are supposed to be looking for work. Applying for one job a day is hardly unreasonable. These proposed changes show Labor is now the welfare class party not the working class one.”
Of course, this is one of those things- like harsher punishments for drug dealers – that sounds reasonable, untill you think abou it. People are meant to be looking for work and so applying for one job a day that’s a good thing, right?
Now let’s move it from the general to the particular. At various times over the past few years, I’ve been looking for work as a teacher. When I looked at the jobs available, there were sometimes jobs that I’m qualified for, but sometimes there weren’t. Using Abbott logic, should I apply for the Physics teacher job just so I’m applying for one job a day? Or should I just wait until there’s a suitable job?
I wonder if we all sent our resumes to Abbott’s office, asking whether he had any jobs available, whether he’d be so sure that one application a day was such a good idea.
I’m more confused about things like their recent thought bubble on moving the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Various bodies have suggested that this may lead to protests and possibly even violence. Now, it would be far too conspiratorial to suggest that Scott is actually hoping to provoke a terrorist attack in the hope that it would give him a boost in the polls. As if he’d be prepared to do whatever it took to get re-elected; he’d only do whatever it takes to stop children being brought here for medical treatment. No, I find this confusing because – apart from Trump’s US – no other country seems to be doing this. Clearly, it’s putting our free trade agreement with Indonesia at risk, and we can’t take the lead with any action that puts our economic growth at risk when the future of the planet is at stake, but somehow we can go out on a limb about the location of an embassy. We can follow Trump, but tell the Indonesians that we don’t let other countries set our foreign policy.
Insulting Indigenous Australia. If he’d been made special envoy to women there’d be an out cry. What about special envoy to the Muslim Community. What would that have done. This no step to Reconciliation at all. Let’s face it Indigenous Australia requested a special council established of their democratic choosing and were refused recognition. Instead they have been appointed Abbott. (ODT)
Labor’s shadow Indigenous affairs minister, Pat Dodson, said that Abbott had a track record that shows he is “ignorant, hopeless and frankly offensive” on Indigenous issues.
“The suggestion that Tony Abbott could act as some kind of messenger or representative for First Nations people is condescending to the overwhelming number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who support the calls for a voice to parliament and a Makarrata commission to oversee truth-telling and agreement-making – both of which Mr Abbott has not supported.”
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This whole debacle can be sheeted directly to Tony Abbott.
Then the wrecker won in 2013 and threw out any certainty the industry thought they had. Investment in new generation ground to a halt. No-one was going to invest in coal and the rest of the world were more than happy to accept their investment in renewables.
Emissions started rising again for the first time in a decade and energy prices continued to rise astronomically, much higher than any increases due to the carbon price.
But Tony couldn’t care less about that as his tweet this weekend showed.
“To have a chance of winning the next election, the Coalition must create a policy contest on energy, not a consensus.”
Tony Abbott is a narcissistic anachronism who seethes with anger and resentment at being dumped by his own party less than two years into the gig he felt he was destined for.
Any idea that he gives the slightest shit about energy prices, or anything other than himself and his all-consuming desire for revenge, is laughable.
Yes, there is a sinister group (gang, if you like) well practised in the dark arts of moving quickly on the vulnerable for personal gain. They are the politicians who jumped into this debate with the subtlety of a belly flop in a wading pool.
Internal police figures show that of Victoria’s 15,000 “serious” crimes ranging from murder, serious assaults, rape and armed robberies to carjackings, around 200 are committed by offenders of Sudanese descent – which means you are 74 times more likely to be attacked by non-Sudanese.
So what do these statistics prove? Absolutely nothing, other than that you can always find a set of numbers to justify an argument.
Piss Weak on Law and Order Look No Further than Peter Dutton
The issue of law and order is squarely in Dutton’s domain, and while he has no responsibility on state matters, he has a major one on federal ones, particularly border protection. Which makes it all the more galling that while he wastes his energy on matters that are not his concern, he has been derelict on one in his own backyard. The problem is not that Dutton is too tough – it is that he is not tough enough.
For nearly 12 months the state government, at the request of senior police, have asked their federal counterparts to change the law to make it illegal to import Bute without a legitimate reason and still the loophole remains large enough to drive a truck (filled with drugs) through it.
So while the Feds can legitimately brag they have stopped the boats with asylum seekers on them, they have done stuff-all to stop the boats filled with 1,4-Butanediol. And make no mistake, more people are hospitalised from Bute than from being bashed by Sudanese crime gangs.
Yet we do have a serious black crime problem. In Australia, an Indigenous youth is 24 times more likely to be imprisoned than the community average for that age bracket. It is a national disgrace.
Rehabilitating young offenders is not the soft option, it is the smart one. The alternative of policies driven by anger, fear, half-facts and the pursuit of headlines or votes leads to more crime and more victims – and history shows that if you shut the door on people, they eventually want to kick it down.
Peter Dutton was once Shadow Health Minister. He distinguished himself by not asking any questions on Health Policy during Question Time, so it’s clear that a portfolio where he says nothing suits him. Once he became actual Health Minister, he started saying things. While Greg Hunt won an award as “Best Minister in The World”, there was no actual award for the worst. If there was, Dutton would have won convincingly. as he was considered the Worst Health Minister ever, by the medical profession, the media, his own party and just about everybody except for the Peter Dutton fan club, which at the time, had a membership of one.
So, I leave you with the question. What’s more likely? Will the Liberals stick with Malcolm Turnbull because to change leaders again makes them look inept? Or will they all get behind someone with a terrible track record and ensure a wipeout at the next election simply because the NEG doesn’t have a section specifically demanding that we all install a coal-fired power station in our living room?
Mm, might be time to buy that unicorn insurance…
Why the Chinese are so welcomed(ODT)
The Abbott government cut foreign aid by a total of $11bn over the medium term, reducing Australia’s aid program to the lowest levels since the creation of a formal aid program more than 40 years ago.
Tony followed up today by telling us how nobody was dissenting in the Liberal Party: “I got to say there aren’t that many opportunities for dissent in the party room these days. Party room procedure has changed under Prime Minister Turnbull.”
See, everyone in the Liberal Party is on the same page. No dissent in the party room.
I bet Bill Shorten wishes he had loyalty like that from his party!!
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In a busy news day yesterday, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Western culture was better than other cultures, and Brisbane executive Andrew Douglas Macintosh took a sh*t on a public Brisbane street.
Launching a book called How Political Correctness is Destroying Australia, Mr Abbott said Australia was superior to many nations; the poo was left in a hot, steaming pile.
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How Abbott, how conservative the policy has to be ” a point of difference” rather than any national Interest that needs solving. This response is so typical of why Captain Nope Abbott lead us in a race to the bottom when he was PM.Back then he did it with fake news and fully assisted by Murdoch’s News Corp. He’s not interested in problem-solving for a Nation just himself and his side, which are in fact one and the same. He took us to a place we hadn’t ever been before. A Global political outlier, a joke and yes he wants us back there today. Craig Kelly has taken the words from Abbott’s mouth. (ODT)
Liberal MP Craig Kelly also spoke during the Tuesday debate to argue that energy policy had to remain a point of difference between the Coalition and Labor.
Tony Abbott is not an original thinker
Indeed, it has become undeniable that Trump’s overriding goal on immigration is to reduce the number of immigrants in the US to the greatest degree possible.
As Eric Levitz notes on nymag.com, Trump moved to end Temporary Protected Status for various groups with no credible rationale for doing so and even though US diplomats have warned that it is dangerously bad policy. And as Trump’s “shithole countries” comment confirmed, his main driving impulse on immigration is white nationalism – rolling back the current racial and ethnic mix of the country at all costs – and that this is shaping policy.
Tony Abbott, Mr Nope Nope Nope’s NBN and his better MXT service ( Old Dog Thought )
Just when I started thinking how pleasant it is here in New Zealand where the press don’t report everything that the person leading the Liberal Party says – they don’t even report on what the titular head, Turnbuckle, says – the person determining policy pops up in London to explain that just because scientists agree that doesn’t mean that they’re right.
“Tony Abbott is the genuine article. The conviction politician who will use his muscle to cajole, bully, smash his way through. Abbott’s ability to yell from the rooftops what he believes in is his strength.”Genuine? Conviction? Strength? Surely you jest.Abbott is a politician who changes his mind depending on how the wind blows as Peter van Onselen reminded us in his article “Tony Abbott’s convictions are ever changing”.
Abbott told Sky News the man who allegedly attacked him told him “you deserve it because of what you have been saying”.He linked the attack to what he described as “a lot of bullying in the campaign” by those advocating a “yes” vote.“I think pretty clearly this bloke wanted to make his contribution to the current debate and instead of doing it respectfully he did it through a little bit of politically motivated violence, or attempted violence,” Abbott said.But the network quoted an advisor to Abbott saying the attacker had not specifically mentioned same-sex marriage.
The prominent white supremacist is given a platform on Israel’s top-rated news show, and the host doesn’t once challenge his anti-Semitism or hateful views. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel’s most popular prime-time television news show gave white supremacist Richard Spencer a platform to try and convince Jewish Israelis that White Nationalism is analogous to Zionism, adding that Israelis should relate to him and his ilk. [If the video below doesn’t play, watch here or here] “As an Israeli citizen, as someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and history and the experience of the…
Just to be clear, political correctness is “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals.Tony’s concern for religious freedom comes from the man who thought the burqa should be banned, the man who called for a “religious revolution” inside Islam, declaring “all cultures are not equal”, the man whose government insisted the school chaplaincy program must not fund non-religious counsellors, the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.
”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals. the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.
“History Repeats: Abbott walks in the shoes of Bob Santamaria and the NCC Australia’s answer to America’s Senator McCarthy hunting out the godless left and others ” Old Dog
1 In a doorstop interview on a cold and winter day in Canberra the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott made his intentions known as to how he will campaign for the ‘NO’ vote.He intends linking it to free speech.He intends linking it to political correctness.He intends linking it to freedom of religion.It wasn’t my intention to continue with this subject today but I recalled when working on the Republic campaign in 1999 just how dangerous Tony Abbott was. John Howard played good cop and Abbott and Nick Minchin played bad cops.They did so by scare-mongering, lying and fabricating impossible situations like riots with alsatians in the streets.His intention is clear. He will if he can turn the plebiscite into a public brawl on these unrelated issues. He will try to drag Turnbull into an ideological demarcation dispute – separating the right and left of his party.In meat in the middle of Abbott’s sandwich will be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people whose emotional wellbeing he gives not a thought.How on earth the three things he mentioned are related to a question about marriage equality are beyond me, but the devious Abbott – who couldn’t lie straight in bed – will find a way.
My thought for the day.”We dislike and resist change in the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure. Yet change is in fact part of the very fabric of our existence. Change sometimes disregards opinion and becomes a phenomenon of its own making. With Its own inevitability.”
I didn’t think it was possible but Tony Abbott is getting worse. He is now claiming that a “cultural cowardice” at the heart of public institutions such as the ABC and the public service has caused people to abandon the major parties and mainstream political leaders have failed to promote the “virtues and benefits” of…
There was a time they bonded over the Queen, their distaste for the burka, and love for Margaret Thatcher. But the bromance is over.
Tony was bravely representing the voters of Warringah by speaking at a Tory party conference in the motherland when he let slip he wanted another crack at being PM. Here are just a few of the things we need him to save us from
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Malcolm Turnbull has suggested all Australians spend a day resting up on Monday, to ensure that the nausea caused by seeing Tony Abbott and Pauline Hanson make awkward small talk has totally passed.
“I pressed play accidentally myself on Friday and I’m still making regular trips to the bathroom,” Mr Turnbull explained this morning. “Lucy spent most of the night hunched over the toilet bowl”.
Health experts have applauded the move, saying there were psychological impacts to consider too. “This was unexpected and quite gruesome. I particularly worry about any young children who have seen this video,” psychologist Tara Hubert said. “There may be delayed reactions – people can expect to feel quite unsettled for some time. The images could well linger in our minds for months”.
There’s only one way that Malcolm Turnbull can prevent a return of Tony Abbott to the Liberal party leadership – and that’s to go for broke
Saturday 20 August 2016 There are no two better politicians at feigning indignation than Peter Dutton and “the mouth that roared” Christopher Pyne. Though it has to be conceded with Christopher that he rather enjoys his notoriety. Even being called the most hated politician in Australia seems to give him some sordid sense of self-satisfaction. Unfortunately…
“These are vexing times for conservatives,” declared Tony Abbott in his dinner address to the Samuel Griffith Society in Adelaide on Friday night.
By Peter McCarthy In political history Australia generally follows America by about a decade, although that distance may have shortened up more recently. And by watching the US we have avoided the more extreme outcomes like undue influence from religious elements or other extreme lobbyists. We started to head in the same direction but pulled…
1 As if to support my contention yesterday that if the Coalition wins the election Tony Abbott will at some time challenge for the leadership of the Liberal Party, Peter Dutton confirms it. Dutton says that Turnbull will be under pressure to give Abbott a portfolio. If Turnbull was to consider it, it would raise…
By Dr George Venturini* Grande finale A person who goes under the nom de blog of ‘Winifredjay’, and probably lives in Tasmania, collected sixteen memorable quotations from Tony Abbott. S/he thought that they would have been useful to remember “why he shouldn’t be Prime Minister” – the date: 9 October 2012. Well, yes, but many…
We do not need to shame or silence women, or make them think that they are a burden on the system, so women shrink even more and create a bigger space for men who are victims of domestic violence.…
By Dr George Venturini* Should one call it pathocracy? The record of the devious, nay false, statements which preceded a turbulent period of tenure and of the two years of the Abbott Government – 18 September 2013 to 14 September 2015 is too well-know and too recent to be resumed here – although certain aspects…
Remember when this campaign was going to be all about Tony Abbott? That happened twice, of course. When he was prime minister (be honest: can you really remember that time?) the campaign was going to be all about him, because he was PM, and because Labor would have made it all about him. But even a couple of months ago, the expectation was that Abbott, the deposed king, would loom gigantic over these eight weeks.
Was the Abbott Government fascist? Many people have asked this question, and since September 2013 many articles in both mainstream and independent media have attempted to answer it. Some of the answers have been hysterical to say the least, some have been well-argued, but until now no forensic analyses have ever been undertaken. Dr George…
By Dr George Venturini* Corporatocracy? This manipulation of the population is the ultimate result of what Sheldon S. Wolin, distinguished Emeritus Professor at Princeton, formulated as ‘inverted totalitarianism’, which brings about a form of ‘managed democracy’. Both concepts, but particularly the first, require an explanation, and it will be offered in the words of the…
By James Moylan Near the end of August in 2013 Tony Abbott launched the Liberal Party Campaign with a rousing speech full of pithy one-liners and simply jam-packed with heartfelt promises. But so much has happened in the last 31 months that most people have entirely forgotten the raft of promises that were made and…
“I am my own man and I make my own decisions,” a set of talking points written by Peta Credlin for Tony Abbott says.
The detailed notes, leaked to the media, say that while Credlin had an important role in the day-to-day operation of the government, she didn’t have any influence over decision-making .
“Look, of course I always listen to a range of views. But as Prime Minister the buck always stopped with me [add emphasis on me],” the notes continue.
“Look, of course I always listen to a range of views. But as Prime Minister the buck always stopped with me. Add emphasis on me,” Mr Abbott said today.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will be happy to confirm or deny rumours of a relationship with his chief of staff Peta Credlin, but will need to run it by her first.
“If there was in fact an affair, then she’ll know about it,” Mr Abbott said today.
“She managed the day-to-day. I never got caught up in that level of detail”.
Mr Abbott said Ms Credlin would certainly know about anything that came across her desk.
The disruption wreaked by Tony Abbott is an echo of the disruption that besets conservative parties worldwide.
Tony Abbott says he would have broken Robert Menzies’ Prime Ministerial record had it not been for an hysterical opposition, lack of party room backing, and a 10 percentage point shortfall in voter support.
Mr Abbott’s term as Prime Minister lasted two years – a tantalising 16 years short of Menzies’ record.
Writing for the conservative journal Quadrant, Mr Abbott launched a passionate defence of his Government, saying his policies of lower tax and budget savings would have seen him easily win the 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025, 2028 and 2031 Federal elections.
“I think it was clear for everyone to see that we were on track to win this year’s election, and the five following. We achieved so much in two years. Imagine how much we could have achieved in 18,” he wrote.