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
Tony Abbott is wrong that European leaders can solve the refugee crisis by mimicking his policies. Here are the real lessons Europe can learn from Australia
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.
Politicians say a lot of things in public, and so it’s only natural that occasionally they will use words incorrectly. Lampooning sometimes follows, and in most cases the mistakes should be quickly forgotten and forgiven. (The exception being gaffes, where an inadvertent truth is revealed, but we can talk about that another time – I’m sure it won’t be long until we have an excuse.) Sometimes, however, our political leaders use a word incorrectly, and deserve to be called out on it. One such case occurred last night.
National security has been an important topic, at least for politicians, but their focus has been all wrong. It isn’t asylum seekers breaching our borders, or people who ride motor bikes, or a bunch of thugs in Syria and Iraq, or women who choose to wear a veil or eat halal food, that are presenting…
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has said Islam must change and called for a “hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists.”
Tony Abbott’s autobiography is the story of a man who rescued a nation from the dangers of boats and carbon taxes before gallantly riding off into the sunset to fight other noble battles.
Beautifully illustrated, and easily read in one bedtime sitting, the book begins with the rise of the Evil Boat Lord as it casts its dark shadow over the known land. With all hope seemingly lost, we follow our hero as he overcomes doubt and fear to tackle the enemy head on.
But as one enemy is fended off, a larger threat – the Daesch Death Cult – comes to the fore. Using an artillery of sharpened three word slogans and backed by his army of loyal flags, he again emerges victorious.
There are tender moments too. On one page the hero imagines himself being knighted by the Queen of the land. On another, he speaks of his desire for a more collegial, gentler form of governance.
The story ends with our hero selflessly choosing not to bask in his victory, but instead fight other battles. He faxes his intentions to an adoring populous before leaving in the dark of night.
The biography is available now in the children’s section of all good book stores.
The former Australian PM also praised British leader David Cameron for school privatisations, and quoted a favourable editorial about himself.
Peter Boyer examines the Abbott “experiment’s” pervasive culture of climate skepticism and pronounces the main lesson to be: “never do this again”.
Europe admits keeping its border open this week has been a ‘catastrophic error’.
“Had we known then what we know now, we would’ve had the gates shut Monday night,” a spokesperson said.
She said the decision not to act had already inflicted untold suffering on Europeans. “We’re fundamentally weakened,” she said.
One European leader said the imperative to ‘love thy neighbour’ had backfired. “It was misguided altruism. If only we’d listened to Tony Abbott before he actually got here, we could have stopped this,” he said.
He has asked Mr Abbott to fax through his speech next time, rather than making the trip across.
Close the borders in the name of decency and compassion – not since George Orwell’s 1984 satire has logic been so twisted. Tony Abbott’s speech in London didn’t tell the real story about Australia.
A member of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s ruling party has called on the Indonesian government to “send a strong protest” after a report found Australian officials paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia.
How is it a good moral result that Lebanon takes something equivalent to a quarter of its population, while Australia congratulates itself for taking 12,000 people?
The High Court has upheld a state-wide ban on political donations from property developers, bolstering a corruption inquiry into secret donations from Nathan Tinkler and other business figures.
The prime minister said he would ‘sweat blood’ for my people, that his personal mission was to redress Australia’s ‘national shame’. But words are easy
An increasingly hysterical Tony Abbott was this evening seen pacing up and down a footpath near Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin shouting loudly to onlookers, daring them to take him on in a one-on-one boat stopping challenge.
“Who wants to take on the champ! Let’s go! Man against man. Winner takes all!” the Prime Minister shouted, slapping at the water’s edge. “Show us your skills, if you have them!” he continued, before listing every boat he had stopped since becoming Prime Minister in 2013.
Onlookers say when no-one responded Mr Abbott became even more agitated. “Where’s Turnbull? Someone get Turnbull! I bet he couldn’t stop a single boat, what a pansy!” he is believed to have shouted, pumping out his chest and beating it with his fists.
More to come.
Australian’s women are desperate for guidance and uncertain of their future today, after the nation’s highest female representative, Tony Abbott, was forced to stand down.
“I’m not sure where to turn to, or who to look to for advice,” said Sandy Couper of Melbourne, capturing the sense of uncertainty Australian women feel following the fall of Mr Abbott.
In particular, women say they are concerned that a carbon tax, or a similar scheme, may be reinstated, setting back months of progress for the feminist cause.
“I fear that Malcolm Turnbull will bring back some sort of price on carbon. Where does that leave woman’s rights? Where does that leave equality? Where does that leave equal pay for equal work?” Josie Thompson of Brisbane said, adding that Mr Abbott had done more for ironing costs in this country than any other leader in living memory.
Mia Aish of Perth said that while she would have her female friends for support, all Australian woman had lost their strongest supporter. “He knew woman better than we know ourselves. He has a wife and three daughters for god’s sake”.
Proactive is not a word that can be used to describe Tony Abbott – regressive would be a far more appropriate term. A comparison to another Prime Minister from 40 years ago shows just how far backwards Abbott wants to take us. Gough Whitlam introduced Medibank, the ancestor of Medicare, as Australia’s first national health…
ABC $7.30 presenter Leigh Halfprice interviews Australian Prime Minister Tony Idiott on the subject of the Australian economy.
It is wrong to blame Tony Abbott for the state of the nation. After all, he is hardly a charismatic leader who inspires allegiance. He is far from an accomplished orator who convinces us to follow him. He doesn’t even know where he is going let alone showing us the direction. So how did we…
Saturday 29 August 1 I have reluctantly taken the decision to no longer refer to Tony Abbott as “Prime Minister” in my writing. I say reluctant because I generally believe in respect for the position itself. However the performance of this excuse for a national leader is so appallingly bad that I refuse to acknowledge…