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Day to Day Politics: Abbott rears his head again.

Wednesday 28 June 2017

1. Tony Abbott lost the leadership of his party and the Prime Ministership for a number of reasons. He was/is a liar of monumental proportion, appallingly incapable, but mainly he didn’t have character.

Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. It’s an elusive thing, easily cloaked or submerged by the theatrics of politics, but unexpected moments can sometimes reveal the fibres from which it is woven

Trying to convert a lifetime of negativity into motivating inspirational leadership was a bridge too far. To say the least, he was totality uninspiring. In fact, I can think of no other person in Australian public life who has made a greater contribution to the decline in public discourse, the lowering of parliamentary standards, and the abuse of our democracy than Tony Abbott.

Let’s look at his history.

None of these events (below) are in chronological order. They are just as they came to mind and are listed randomly in order to build a character profile of Tony Abbott.

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

2 He did the same when the Indonesian president visited.

3 He did the same when the Queen visited.

4 He could not help but play politics with the death of an Australian icon in Margaret Whitlam.

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

6 He refused a pair whilst the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard was on bereavement leave following the death of her father.

7 Then there were the callous and inappropriate remarks he made to Bernie Banton, a dying person.

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

9 Referred to a woman Chairperson as “Chairthing”.

10 He was accused of assaulting a woman at university, and later acquitted. He was defended by a QC and the girl defended herself.

11 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 corroborate her story.

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

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

14 And he did punch out Joe Hockey’s lights during a rugby match.

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

16 He was ejected from the House of Reps 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.

17 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.

18 Abused Nicola Roxon after turning up late for a debate.

19 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 and a left cross. Something that I found mentally disturbing and worrying. After all, at the time this was the man who could be our next Prime Minister.

20 Together with Christopher Pyne he was seen running from the House of Reps to avoid embarrassment at being outwitted.

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

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

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

24 And in another O’Brien interview he admitted lying about a meeting with the Catholic Cardinal George Pell.

25 During the Republic referendum he told many outrageous untruths.

26 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?”

27 His almost daily visits as opposition leader to businesses with messages of gloom and doom about the “carbon tax,” (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.

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

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

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

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

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

I think I have exhausted it all but I cannot be sure. Oh wait. Lest we forget:

33 We should not leave out his insensitive comments about the attempted suicide of NSW Liberal politician John Brogden.

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

35 His “dying of shame” comment in regards to Julia Gillard’s father..

36 His “lack of experience in raising children” comment.

37 His “make an honest women of herself” comment.

38 His “no doesn’t mean no” comment.

Then of course there were these Tonyisms. Similar ones have continued into his Prime Ministership.

Lest we forget:

39 “Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.”

40 “These people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers.”

On rights at work:

41 “If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.”

On women:

42 “The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.”

43 “I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”

44 “I  think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak.”

45 “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up, every year…”

On climate change:

46 “If you want to put a price on carbon why not just do it with a simple tax.”

On homosexuality:

47 “I’d probably … I feel a bit threatened.”

48 “If you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things…”

On Indigenous Australia:

49 “Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage.”

50 “Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I’m proud of that…”

51 “There may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done.”

On Nicola Roxon:

52 “That’s bullshit. You’re being deliberately unpleasant. I suppose you can’t help yourself, can you?”

The list is by no means complete and I am sure readers could add many more to it. His ludicrous statement about our navy’s problems with navigation and blatantly lying about turning boats around as opposed to turning them back, and his ‘hot phone’ to the ship’s captains are a few that come to mind.

2. The news that Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union organiser John Lomax and his right-hand man are to be charged with blackmail will have a negative effect on Bill Shorten and the Labor Party. Whilst I generally support unionism, I cannot support rogue ones such as the CFMEU. Why Labor does is totality beyond me.

In an effort to offset the damage Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled his party’s policy on combating union corruption, a package of measures he says will improve governance and transparency.

3. The Prime Minister has released his innovation statement. In doing so he has reinstated science to its rightful position. One that Abbott had devalued for reasons of capitalistic advantage. It is to be hoped that the country might now see a new era where political parties see the value of thoughtful progressive thinking. One where innovation might also be applied to the new economy and renewable energy.

Labor had already announced much of Turnbull’s policy but incumbency gives government ten times the coverage.

4. Warren Truss has asserted the National party’s demand for a greater share of cabinet positions as the deputy prime minister pushed back at criticism of his secret talks with Liberal defector Ian Macfarlane.

The leader of the junior Coalition partner addressed the media alongside Macfarlane in Queensland on Monday and stressed the need for Turnbull to deal with the cabinet proportion issue “in due course”.

It seems they are determined to make their leader look weak. No love lost there.

An observation

“The exchange and intellectual debate of ideas needs to be re energised and it is incumbent on the young to become involved.”

My thought for the day

“It seems to me that the wisest people I know are the ones that apply reason, and logic and leave room for doubt. The most unwise are the fools and fanatics who don’t.”

 

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  1. havanaliedown

    He also chewed gum in class back in primary school. Barbara Ramjam was a witness.

  2. havanaliedown

    Oh, and don’t forget – he once winked at Jon Faine

  3. Klaus Petrat

    Tony won’t get in. This is indeed a bridge too far. But Dutton might. God help us all.

    I don’t bother going over Tony’s misdeeds. He is not worth a single breath or word. Words are failing. But hold on for a possible Dutton ride.

    They will destroy the last shred of Australia’s reputation. What’s left anyway.

  4. bearbrooke

    Abbott is an absurdity. What he does and says is meaningless. No, that’s not quite right, he cannot be divested of meaning, is haunted and eaten up by it — except no single ultimate meaning can be identified. He is a vacant negative space. Abbott is a great blank nothingness that is given substance by commentators (John Lord) who insist he is meaningful. Abbott has become a list of continuously repeated negatives — this (John Lord) give him meaning and authority.

  5. Graeme Henchel

    Whenever he spoke I felt quite sick
    Did he think I was stupid?
    Did he think I was thick?
    He made false promises, told so many lies
    kept making excuses and he’d blame other guys

    So I stopped listening, over it all
    The lies, the excuses, hypocrisy and gall

    Then he started pleading, said he’d changed
    I saw no difference, he must be deranged
    Yet all of his mates were still right by his side
    But they can’t be trusted, all of them lied

    So whenever he spoke, I just turned off
    I knew he’d be lying, enough is enough

    He became more deluded, like Monty’s black knight
    kept changing the story saying black, now is white
    When called to account, he’d build lie upon lie
    with a wink and a smirk and a bogus blue tie

    So I moved on, tired of the lies
    eagerly awaiting his certain demise

    He says now he’s turned over a new leaf
    But no apology for the pain and the grief
    He wants forgiveness, but no mention of fault
    It’s just a fig leaf for continued assault

    He then pretends he’s the great protector
    Saving us all from the terrorist spectre
    There are no depths that he won’t go
    Division and fear is all he knows

    And long after he was shown the door
    This lying moron continues to boor
    Deluded, deceitful and still full of shit
    Replaced by another duplicitous twit

    Nothing has changed, just different deceit
    I’ll just bide my time till his demise is complete

  6. havanaliedown

    GOLD

  7. Keith

    Thanks John for another great article.

    On a weekly basis there were damaging stuff ups leading quickly to continual negative polls for Abbott.
    There are strong arguments to indicate that Abbott was the worst PM Australia has ever experienced.

    WE experienced the “budget emergency” for awhile under Abbott, which the LNP have become mute about as it is now half a billion dollars; they can no longer with any credibility blame Labor.

  8. havanaliedown

    Labor and their buddies The Greens block any real savings measures – so yes the increasing debt is a result of their vandalism of our economy.

  9. wam

    Remember ‘Bernie Banton? Remember RU 486?

    Absolute perfect for bill and tanya to eschew the specific questions of the split.
    but:
    highlight the rabbott’s lies:

    eg On the eve of the 2013 federal election Tony Abbott tells the SBS there will be “no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS” under a Coalition government.

    How about a few quotes from the tolb?

    turnball’s dilemmas?

    Barnabie’s pissups?

    pyne’s bleats and sub excesses japs or german for $30 billion less, built in Aust NOW not 4/5 years time

    morrison’s inept handling of the economy(throw in hockey’s the poor don’t have cars commuted well they don’t drive far) to exacerbate the situation.

    Could the labor party find some economic evidence to turn the assumptions, beliefs that labor is unable to run the economy????

    The golf club is in turmoil I was in a comp with drawn partners and got three rabbottian two ex coppers and they were absolutely mute. wowowo go go labor

  10. Keith

    Graeme

    Fabulous poem.

    Something that exemplified Abbott was a lack of a cost benefit analysis of the East West bypass in Melbourne.

  11. Zathras

    Then there was his contrived fireman persona. He was never a qualified firefighter, just an assistant and used it for convenient photo opportunities as they arose. One time he interrupted his holidays, bravely flew down to the NSW south coast to be photographed with his “team” but left as soon as the cameras did.

    However for me the defining point was reintroducing and then bestowing an Australian Knighthood on Prince Philip.
    That summed him up perfectly.
    We never did find out if he had officially renounced his British citizenship.

    Like a typical fundamentalist he’s living in his own imagined reality and thrives on hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance.

    However, now he’s just a gift that keeps on giving. More please, Tony.

  12. Freethinker

    John another spot on article, thank you.
    Graeme, your poem pure Gold!

  13. helvityni

    Abbott, out of sight ,out of mind: ‘crap’…( to use his own words)

    We have not scraped the bottom of the barrel yet; there’s Dutton waiting for his turn. A possibility that I don’t want to contemplate, a step DOWN from Abbott.

    Keep them coming ,Graeme. 🙂

  14. darrel nay

    We voted for Abbott not Turnbull or lying two-faced Pyne.

  15. stephengb2014

    Oh John, such a spoil aren’t you are! Wheres your sense of adventure, your sense of eggcitment.

    The roller coaster ride was better than the dull as ditch water Turnbott!

    Lets face it do we actually worry – both Abbnott and Turnbott have spent 4.5 years achieving oh so very little.

    As for a spill, I think it inevitable, I would prefer Abbnott to Dutton, so I am rooting to get Abbnott back at least it would be 2 years of nothing much other than gaffs, lies and bully boy fun. Ensuring an absolute drubbing for years to come.

    Unfortunately I cant imagine the LNP being that stupid to spill – – – but wait, on the other hand?

  16. Terry2

    havanaliedown you may have missed this :

    September 2016 ABC reported :

    Close to the stroke of midnight the Senate finally passed the Government’s omnibus budget savings bill, allowing the Coalition to pocket more than $6 billion in budget savings.

    The Government had been searching for Upper House support for the package of measures and finally secured a breakthrough earlier this week, with Labor agreeing to 20 of the 24 measures the Government had put forward.

  17. Keith

    havanaliedown

    Abbott presented a nasty and cruel budget in 2014; it was a Robin Hood budget in reverse.

  18. Keitha Granville

    we can only hope they put Abbott back in

  19. Kaye Lee

    havanaliedown,

    Many politicians “volunteer” to have something to put on their CV. When I was the chairperson of the management committee for a homeless youth refuge we had several on our books. I eventually wrote to them dumping them because they never turned up to meetings let alone do anything constructive. Abbott didn’t volunteer until well after he became a politician so it is very doubtful that he fulfilled the requirements to be on the active list as that requires being on 24 hour standby, regular training, upgrading qualifications and maintenance work on Sunday mornings. Tony always made sure, whenever he turned up, that a camera crew was notified.

  20. townsvilleblog

    I have always thought of Abbott and his extremist right wing views as a social psychopath a man without empathy or compassion for his fellow Australian. Unfortunately Turnbull has continued Abbott’s legacy of refusing to tax the foreign corporations who make billions out of Australians. I find that absolutely disgusting.

  21. havanaliedown

    Kaye, here’s my anecdote. An aquaintance was a member of Tony’s RFS crew for many years. He is not greatly interested in politics and told me that Tony was well-known for being extremely thorough and dependable. Let me know when Bill, Albo or Tanya equal Tony’s volunteer history in the RFS and SLS. Anyhow the terror is palpable – Abbott is a strong campaigner and would smash whoever Labor have at the helm next year… on power prices and border integrity alone. Bring it on!

  22. Grahame K

    TA might have adult ADHD. ADHD impairs the processing ability of the executive functions of the brain, including “the areas responsible for . . managing frustration and other emotions, and the self-regulation of behaviour. In relationships, the partner with ADHD sees things in black and white and is often difficult to please, rigid, judgmental, uncompromising, negative or lacking empathy”. If he has ADHD, he’s probably not the right person for the job he’s in. I hope he gets some medical help.

  23. Ken

    That Abbott is still in parliament tells us some thing about how broke the system is !

  24. helvityni

    To prevent sliding into obscurity with hopeless leaders, Australia needs progressive competent people at the helm.

    We also don’t need dad’s armies running RFS or SLS, but trained professionals; putting out bushfires is not a photo op as some seem to believe…

  25. Keith

    havanaliedown

    Abbott promised power cuts when the carbon tax was revoked. The exact opposite has happened; business people in one State are complaining about an 80% increase in their power charges. Home owners generally are also waiting anxiously for energy costs to go up (Tas, Qld).

    Conservative governments have privatised energy creation, we are now gaining the negative results of such past decisions.

    Some retired Australian military leaders have made their opinions known in relation to the security issues inherent in climate change:

    Major Thomas: ““I think it’s the defining threat of this century. I can’t think of any other threat that is transforming the planet on this level or scale. It’s such a ubiquitous threat,” he said.
    “People might say terror is a threat and that’s true but I don’t think it’s anywhere near what climate change is presenting itself as.”“

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/long-slow-horrible-former-defence-officers-warn-of-climate-impacts-on-national-security-20170623-gwxain.html?csp=fb5bc33e409f3586e4803ecb36e608f3

  26. Freethinker

    Grahame K, ADHD will not make a person act like that, if he have any mental condition in his shrunken brain will narcissism and psychopathy which is a very bad combination in one individual.

  27. stephengb2014

    Oops I meant to say

    Oh John, such a spoil SPORT, aren’t you are! Wheres your sense of adventure, your sense of eggcitment.

    The roller coaster ride was better than the dull as ditch water Turnbott!

    Lets face it we DO NOT actually HAVE TO worry – both Abbnott and Turnbott have spent 4.5 years achieving oh so very little.

    As for a spill, I think it COULD HAPPEN, AND IF IT DID, I would prefer Abbnott to Dutton, so I am rooting to get Abbnott back at least it would be 2 years of nothing much other than gaffs, lies and bully boy fun, ensuring an absolute drubbing for years to come.

    SURELY, the LNP being that stupid as to spill – – – but wait, on the other hand?

  28. Zathras

    havanaliedown.

    Abbott never did the mandatory training to attend a fire-front. He’s qualified to use breathing apparatus, operate a chainsaw, drive a truck and help with back-burning only. He probably rolls up the hoses and makes tea as well.

    He’s a volunteer, not a qualified fire-fighter and only joined his local brigade after he started slipping in the polls in his own seat.

    Just like he claims personal expenses in excess of actual costs during his “fund raising activities” (ie Travel Allowance for meals and accommodation when both have already been provided or likewise when promoting his book) when he claims to be a firefighter – he’s just a fraud.

  29. Jaquix

    I think Havanaliedown is deluded – thinking Abbott will smash Labor at the next election is flying in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

  30. Jack Straw

    I think your summation on Abbott is right regarding Abbott smashing the opposition Havenliedown.The man’s ruthless like Stalin,Hitler and Trump.Though he’s a twisted and damaged soul.Do you really want this crazy to run our country again?

  31. David1

    Country can kiss goodbye for at least another 2 years to any Gay Marriage reform, if they are stupid enough to give Abbott the leadership again. He has made his position very clear on that, the homophobic tosser.

  32. crypt0

    The LieNP knew that phony would smash the ALP at the upcoming election …
    so they replaced him with trumble …
    Ha ha … LOL !!!

  33. havanaliedown

    Hmmm… remind me again why Labor did nothing in the years between 2007-2013 to usher in a glorious era of “marriage equality”?

    And why did the Republic only became an issue of pressing importance in the years 1996-2007?

    Why?

  34. Michael Taylor

    Hmmmm … you need reminding that Labor had a vote on it – something that the Coalition will never do – which unfortunately didn’t quite get the numbers. And if you think that people here have only been pushing for same-sex marriage since September 2013 then your ignorance is overwhelming.

  35. Michael Taylor

    And you keep banging on about Abbott’s fire-fighting activities (admittedly, that’s the only good thing he’s ever done) and snidely ask why Bill et al aren’t donning fire-fighting gear. OK then, where was your hero during the Beaconsfield mine disaster?

  36. havanaliedown

    Nobody was drowning or on fire in the Beaconsfield gold mine if I recall, Michael. And I don’t think there was additional room on fellow lothario Dick Pratt’s Lear Jet once Bill was cheerfully aboard…

    Anyhow – others keep “banging on” about Tony’s enviable feats of heroism. I’m merely opening the windows on the fart smellatorium once in a while.

  37. Michael Taylor

    Thank you for your smug, smart-arse response. I expected nothing less. I’m so pleased with myself for not expected anything worthwhile or intelligent.

  38. Michael Taylor

    PS: Seeing how you like opening the windows, I might just open the door. Don’t hit yourself on the way out.

  39. Freethinker

    Michael, I do not know if it is ignorance in his behalf or just childish troll.

  40. Aortic

    I did not ever think I would live to see the day where a tragedy was so blatantly politicised. Little while ago just watched the British PM in Parliament state not verbatim above the usual din. ” This cladding was not installed under a conservative government nor was any other covering installed under the coalition.” Many people died in the London tragedy and many more may be living in mortal danger and this Tory woman has the unmitigated gall to absolve their side from any responsibility, presumably as in the LNP cry here all the fault of the Labor Party. For goodness sake, for the memory of the dead and the comfort of those loved ones who are grieving, just assure the public of your best efforts to resolve the situation in as timely a manner as possible. Gives a new meaning to grubby politics.

  41. silkworm

    He was in Afghanistan purely for political purposes and he let slip his insensitivity with his “shit happens” remark.

    He got a young woman pregnant and he made her give the boy up for adoption.

    He appeared on Big Brother during the election campaign and the one thing he could think to say was that his daughters were not bad looking.

    He lewdly said a female candidate had “sex appeal.”

    He had to be slapped down by Bill Heffernan when he gave the game away on Liberal bribe taking.

    He was recommended for Rhodes scholarship by the corrupt Heydon Dyson, whom he later rewarded with heading up TURC, which was a political stitchup on Labor.

    He said, “No one person can be the suppository of all wisdom.”

    What an idiot.

  42. havanaliedown

    “he let slip his insensitivity with his “shit happens” remark” – CRAP. It was an eavesdropped conversation and the commander he was speaking with followed his comment with “it certainly does”.

    The boy wasn’t his child. Proved by DNA test. The ghost of Bob Ellis is channeling through your fingers.

  43. Michael Taylor

    “It was an eavesdropped conversation” – CRAP. It was being filmed.

  44. silkworm

    Correction: He thought he got a young woman pregnant and he made her give the boy up for adoption. HE ABANDONED THAT CHILD.

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