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An Abbott in the Lodge “NEVER” – Part Two


The Lodge, Canberra

Part Two – the evidence.

By John Lord and Michael Taylor

When looked in isolation the lies and indiscretions of Tony Abbott, his problems with women and even his negativity could perhaps all be written off as just Tony being Tony. Alternatively, that’s just politics. However, my focus here is on character and whether Mr. Abbott has enough of it to be the leader of our nation. My contention is that because we are looking at a litany of instances of lying, deception and bad behavior over a long period he simply does not have the essence of character, which is one of the main ingredients in the recipe of leadership.

None of these events is in chronological order. They are just as they come to mind and are listed randomly in order to build a character profile.

When the President of the US visited, he broke long-standing conventions by politicising his speech as Opposition leader.

He did the same when the Indonesian president visited.

He did the same when the Queen visited.

He would not allow pairs (another long-standing convention) so that the Minister for the Arts could attend the funeral of painter Margaret Olley; an Australian icon. Malcolm Turnbull, a personnel friend was also prevented from attending. There have been other instances of not allowing pairs.

More recently, he refused a pair whilst Prime Minister Gillard was on bereavement leave following the death of her father.

At university, he kicked in a glass panel door when defeated in an election.

Referred to a women Chairperson as “Chairthing”.

He was accused of assaulting a woman at university and later acquitted. A QC defended him and the girl defended herself.

Another woman accuses him of throwing punches at her. And hitting either side of a wall she was standing against. He says it never happened but others corroborated her story.

He threatened to punch the head in of Lindsay Foyle who disagreed with him on a women’s right to an abortion.

In 1978, a young teacher by the name of Peter Woof bought assault charges against Abbott. He punched him in the face. It never went anywhere. A legal team of six represented Abbott and the young man could not afford to defend himself.

And he did punch out Joe Hockey’s lights during a rugby match? Yes, he did.

He established a slush fund to bring down Pauline Hansen and then lied about its existence.

And let us not forget the role he played also in the jailing of Pauline Hanson. After One Nation shocked the Coalition by winning 11 seats in Queensland in June 1998, Abbott was determined to dig up every piece of dirt he could on Hanson. In his own words, on her demise he boasts this was
“All my doing, for better or for worse”
It has got Tony Abbott’s fingerprints on it and no-one else’s.”

Yes, even after saying that, he still lies about the existence of the fund.

He was ejected from the House of Representatives once in obscure circumstances. Hansard is unclear why but it is alleged that he physically threatened Graham Edwards. Edwards lost both his legs in Vietnam.

In 2000, he was ejected from the House along with six others. Philip Coorey reports that he was headed toward the Labor back benches ready to thump a member who had heckled him.

Abused Nicola Roxon after he had turned up late for a debate.

Then there was the interview with Mark Riley where he had a brain fade that seemed like it would never end. I thought he was deciding between a right hook or a left cross. Something that I found mentally disturbing and worrying at the same time. After all this was the man who could be our next Prime Minister.

Together with Christopher Pyne seen running from the House of Representatives to avoid embarrassment at being outwitted.

Being the first Opposition leader to be ejected from the house in 26 years because he repeated an accusation of lying after withdrawing it.

The infamous “Sell my arse” statement verified by Tony Windsor. Will Windsor ever release the mobile phone transcript?

The interview with Kerry O’Brien where he admitted that unless it was in writing he didn’t always tell the truth.

In addition, in another O’Brien interview he admitted lying about a meeting with the Catholic Archbishop George Pell.

During the Republic Referendum, he told many outrageous untruths.

His famous “Climate change is crap” comment and later saying that he was speaking to an audience. This of course elicited the question: “Is that what you always do?”

His almost daily visits to businesses with messages of gloom and doom about the ‘carbon tax’ (a scare campaign best described as fraudulent). None of which have come to fruition. His blatant lying often repudiated by the management of the businesses. The most notable being the CEO of BHP and their decision not to proceed with the Olympic Dam mine. Whole towns being closed down. Industries being forced to sack thousands. The end of the coal industry etc.

Moreover, of course there is the now infamous Leigh Sales interview where beyond any doubt he lied three times and continued to do so in Parliament the next day.

Then there was his statement that the Aboriginal Tent Embassy near Old Parliament House be closed. To call his statement an error in judgement is too kind. It almost sounded like an incitement to riot.

He is quoted as saying in the Parliament that Prime Minister Gillard and Minister Albanese had targets on their heads. He later apologised.

And of course there is the lie about asylum seekers being illegal.

Added to that is his statement that the PM refused to lay down and die.

And the deliberate lie he told to the Australian Minerals Council that the Chinese intended increasing their emissions by 500 per cent.

I think I have exhausted it all but I cannot be sure. Oh, wait.

We should not leave out his insensitive comments about the attempted suicide of John Brogden. I used to think that John Howard was a mean-spirited, nasty piece of work, but in comparison to Tony Abbott, he appears as kind, caring and compassionate as Mother Teresa did. Tony Abbott is far, far more mean-spirited. He demonstrates this in the way he ignores human misery and the way he belittles those who are suffering from it. He is, in a nutshell, nasty to the core. Stories surface that he has been inherently nasty for as long as people have known him, but it was not until 2005 that I first took notice of his extreme level of nastiness and lack of compassion for human misery when it was hoisted onto the national stage. It came only hours after the NSW Leader of the Opposition, John Brogden, had attempted suicide. The Age reported at the time that:

The day after Mr. Brogden was found unconscious in his electorate office with self-inflicted wounds, Mr. Abbott publicly joked at two separate Liberal Party functions about the disgraced leader’s career-wrecking behavior . . . Mr. Abbott was asked at a fund-raising lunch about a particular health reform proposal and reportedly answered: “If we did that, we would be as dead as the former Liberal leader’s political prospects.”

Nasty. To the core. And to a mate.

He also claimed that Bernie Banton was a mate. Not that he acted like one.

When Abbott was the Minister for Health, the dying asbestos disease sufferer Bernie Banton obtained a petition containing 17,000 signatures of those who supported the listing of the mesothelioma drug Alimta on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This petition was to be presented in person to Tony Abbott. If it was not disrespectful, enough to snub the petition, then his verbal response certainly was.

Yesterday, Mr. Abbott was quick to dismiss the petition. “It was a stunt,” Mr. Abbott said on the Nine Network.

“I know Bernie is very sick, but just because a person is sick doesn’t necessarily mean that he is pure of heart in all things.”

He loves making fun of dying people. Does he expect we will all laugh along with him?

He even has a go at deceased people. Margaret Whitlam was not even in the grave before Tony Abbott used her death to score cheap political points.

The death of Margaret Whitlam caused such an outpouring of saddened fondness that comments by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, linking her passing with the sins of the Whitlam government appear to have struck an extremely wrong note.

He said she was a”woman of style and substance” and”a marvelous consort to a very significant Labor leader and an epochal Australian prime minister”.

”There was a lot wrong with the Whitlam Government but nevertheless, it was a very significant episode in our history and Margaret Whitlam was a very significant element in the political success of Gough Whitlam,” Mr. Abbott said.

Nasty. To the core.

If politics is fundamentally, about ideas it is also about leadership. In this piece, I have deliberately steered clear of policy argument in order to concentrate on character. On three occasions, I have invited people on Facebook to list five attributes of Tony Abbott that would warrant his election as Prime Minister of Australia. I have never received a reply. And when you look at the aforementioned list is it any wonder. He is simply bereft of any character at all. He has been described as the Mad Monk and many other things but essentially, he is a repugnant gutter politician of the worst kind. In following the American Republican, party’s example his shock and awe tactics associated with perpetual crisis has done nothing but degenerate the standard of Australian politics and the Parliament generally. In the public eye, he is most effective in attack dog mode. However, he is found wanting when he needs to defend himself and simply reverts to stuttering hesitation and lies. Or just walking out on press conferences when he stumbles over tough questions. This is particularly noticeable when he tries to explain the complexity of policy detail.

The future of this country is of vital importance. So much so that its leadership should never be entrusted to a politician of such little virtue and character. A man who has failed to articulate a narrative for Australia’s future other than a personal desire to occupy The Lodge. Given his performance of late, he would do well to consider these words Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. It’s easy to understand what Abbott says because he only speaks in slogans. The difficulty is knowing what he means.

I have used this line in one of my short stories and it aptly sums up the character of Honorable Leader of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition.

As he spoke, truth came from the beginning of a smile or was it just a sneer of deception.

Tomorrow in part three: “If you think that’s all think again”,



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  1. passum2013

    Reblogged this on passum2.

  2. Wen

    I refer you to Robert Hare’s diagnostic list for psychopathy, makes interesting reading.

  3. passum2013

    Please put on Facebook or have I missed it.

  4. justremark

    Shakespeare neatly sums up Abbott’s behaviour and the reason why so many good people are fooled by him.
    “And thus I clothe my naked villainy
    With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ;
    And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”
    ― William Shakespeare, Richard III

  5. Steven Subhash James

    so all we need now is the people who would vote for him ? To now give us some reasons why he would make a suitable PM ? waiting………

  6. Möbius Ecko

    Abbott had an over the top US style campaign today replete with an awful song, terrible slogans and Abbott himself awkwardly gawking and the whole a most vomitus edifice.

    Then he displayed yet another reason why he doesn’t deserve to be leader of anything. He sent in a previous leader, Howard, to do his talking for him as Abbott could not articulate what he stood for outside of the slogans.

  7. Colin Thai

    Doesn’t it seem odd that none of these situations with ABBOTT are publicized in our newspapers !!!!! Ok , I am being childish by saying that because we all know WHY. If the situation was the same with Rudd it would have been front page,as it was with Julia Gillard. The people who are disgusted with this man and his party must get around and notify people, because we don’t have any media as I can see. I would love to see RUDD and ABBOTT on the old “Worm” just the 2 Of them debating and also giving the people what their agendas are, THIS COUNTRY WILL BE IN A VERY SORRY STATE IF HE GETS HIS WAY !! not the well off, but the people further down the ladder…… Thanking you……

  8. Lorraine Hyde

    Don’t forget him standing in front of those dreadful signs and his comments in parliament to JG about “shame” taken from his mate Alan Jones.

  9. Truly history's greatest monster

    And he eats babies too, don’t forget that. And sacrifices virgins. Ooh, and tortures kittens. And puppies.

  10. Möbius Ecko

    The resort to sarcasm, next projection and look over there.

  11. johnlord2013

    Oh sorry truly history. I cover those in part three.

  12. Steven Subhash James

    conservatives response , lies, negativity, and yes sarcasm. nothing else !

  13. Heather

    Thanks so much. Am looking forward to Part 3.

    Something has stayed with me from last year… I could not help but notice how quick Alan Jones was to say, after his very shocking “Julia’s father died of shame” comment, that he was repeating what someone said to him. Then not too long after very similar words slipped so easily off Abbott’s tongue in Parliament, thus bringing forth the wonderful misogyny speech by Julia standing up to him.

    Were a lot of people making the same terrible sacrilegious comment at the time? I know there were lots of trolls out there vying to be even more politically incorrect than their mates. For Alan Jones to say he was merely repeating such a very dark comment like that, so he was not culpable, seemed curious indeed. It looked to me like the blokes had teamed up to bring her down. And having heard about Jones saying that on talk back, then, hearing very similar insinuations about shame come snake-like out of Abbott’s mouth; my immediate thought was that Abbott told Jones to say it in the first place. So then Abbott could give it to her again and hopefully drop Julia to her knees in grief whilst in parliament. It all totally backfires on them because she rose to the occasion and the whole world loved her smack down of Abbott. And still Australia didn’t get it.

    Am I imagining all this?…that they planned to break Julia over her father’s death? Any person would know this was the lowest you could go towards someone.

  14. Steven Subhash James

    that would not surprise me at all heather.

  15. mick brick

    you forgot health minister abbott calling latham less of a man because he lost a testicle to cancer, very classy

  16. Bill Morris

    Above is what we DO KNOW about Abbott, things he has let slip, I don’t dare to imagine what we DON”T KNOW about Abbott, things about him he has managed to keep hidden.

    I really do worry that the “thing” that is Abbott is truly dangerous.

  17. Fed up

    Most annoyed today.The last thing the PM signed off on was the abortion pill at $12 a pop.

    The scientific story fro the last few days, has been manipulation of human eggs, using gene matter from a least three people, to ensure babies are born healthy . Remember the outcry and attempts to prevent research using fetal cells.

  18. wantok

    I see that Abbott is trying to duck the debate on the economy that Rudd challenged on after much heckling in the parliament on Thursday.
    After using debt and bad economic management as the main criticisms of this government it is pretty rich, when he is finally called, for Abbott to duck and weave.

  19. Trev

    I detest everything Abbott stands for, but I gave him a slight glimmer of credit last night for looking acutely embarrassed and like a fish out of water amidst the crassness and confected razzamataz of the Liberal/Republican-style campaign function.

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