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Day to Day Politics: Tony Abbott, remember these?

Saturday 25 2017

1 Yesterday the failed former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave Malcolm Turnbull yet another lecture about how to run the Government. It was without doubt his biggest rebuff yet of Turnbulls leadership.

Leadership can be a very strange beast indeed. Abbott lost the leadership of the nation for one very good reason. He had not the ‘character’ that leadership requires.

Turnbull took over his job thinking he had the character to lead the nation only to find that he had as little as Abbott. Now Abbott who failed the test of leadership wants his job back and is willing to shaft his boss to do so.

Of course we shouldn’t forget that when Abbott was leader he trailed Bill Shorten 30% to 48% as preferred prime minister. Defeat would have been a virtual certainty under his leadership.

”My government Said Turnbull. has a record of achievement. In the last six months since the election we have achieved more … with fewer seats in the House and fewer seats in the Senate than we did in the previous three years”.

He went on to list his compelling list of accomplishments:

”I have not talked about abolishing the Life Gold Pass for former MPs and ministers – I’ve abolished it.”

”I haven’t talked about restoring the rule of law to the building sector – I’ve done it.”

Now character in my view 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

The Prime Minister said that Tony Abbott knows exactly what he is doing. He didn’t say it in words but he will do everything within his power to destabilise his party to the point where the PM, in order to stabilise his own position, will have to bring on a spill motion.

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.

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 behaviour 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 the following events are in chronological order. They are just as they came to mind and are listed randomly in order to build a character profile.

So this is Abbott’s resume for re-election as Leader of the Liberal Party.

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 personal 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.

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 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 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 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.

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…’.

There are probable more since I compiled this list but I WILL FINISH HERE.

On three occasions over time I have invited people on Facebook to list five attributes of Tony Abbott that would warrant his re-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 did nothing but degenerate the standard of Australian politics and the Parliament generally. In the public eye he was 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.

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.

Or Turnbull for that matter, a man who has failed to articulate a narrative for Australia’s future other than a personal desire to occupy the seat at the head of the table. A man who’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.

My thought for the day.

”The way you think and feel about yourself affects every aspect of your life. When you love, accept, respect and approve of yourself, you validate your existence.”

 

 


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  1. Florence nee Fedup

    One could say, Tony is only doing what Turnbull did to him after deposing him the first time. Turnbull didn’t go away. Instead stayed and plotted until he brought Abbott down.

  2. Miriam English

    I’ll take that challenge, John.

    Five reasons Tony Abbott deserves to be prime minister again:

    1. He draws attention to the corruption of politicians.
    2. He destroys respect for politicians.
    3. He shows why it is important that lying by politicians needs to be made illegal.
    4. He demolishes the case for aristocratic rule.
    5. He would ensure the LNP is voted out, despite Murdoch’s propaganda.

  3. Kaye Lee

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

    It was even worse than that John. It was at training. They played for the same club.

    “In the 80s, Abbott punched team mate Joe Hockey at football training leaving him unconscious and with two black eyes. The angst was caused by Hockey’s disapproval with Tony’s captain’s picks for team selection. ”

    And a reminder of what Andrew Bolt wrote on Feb 2, 2015….

    “The LNP defeat [in Queensland] also damaged Abbott because the analogy between Newman’s fall and Abbott’s own decline is so powerful.

    Newman broke promises, picked too many fights, rammed decisions down voters’ throats and carried on at times like an autocrat, making idiosyncratic decisions such as appointing an underqualified magistrate his chief justice.

    He just seemed arrogant and beyond voters’ control — a fatal flaw.

    Australian voters can’t be commanded, tricked, bullied, surprised, taken for granted or treated like fools. How many leaders have learned that already? Abbott, too, has broken promises — on spending cuts and tax rises. And, like Newman, he picked too many fights, announced radical schemes without real consultation and made several idiosyncratic decisions, such as reinstating knighthoods.

    He now seems out of touch, unpredictable and too self-willed. One who imposes, not persuades.”

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/its-crunch-time-for-tony-abbott/news-story/7aa415adf7cf52120b5479a7265e7ed0

  4. Graeme Henchel

    Politicide

    It was only for two years, that the Thug was in the job
    In that short time, he proved to be, a hopeless lying nob
    Was not just him, cos in this crew, the talent is so sparse
    It was always going to be one enormous sorry farce

    It’s no surprise, that Abbott was a monumental fail
    But who’d have thought, how quickly, it would all start to derail
    I guess if you’ve no policies, and only can oppose
    It isn’t any wonder, he went quickly on the nose

    When asked about his policies, he had not much to say
    That’s because, he’d outsourced them, all to the I. P. A.
    He didn’t keep his promises, it turned out that he lied
    He kept on blaming Labor, and the lying he denied

    He got no help from Smokin Joe, whose budget went too far
    While Joe and pal Mathias, smoked a great big fat cigar
    While Brandis in the Senate, said that “Bigots do have rights”
    The Thug announced, he would restore, archaic Dames and Knights

    Pensioners, the unemployed, the students and the sick
    All were helpless targets, of this useless lying prick
    If not for the senate, they would surely have been screwed
    Their budget based on lies, made sure, a poll decline ensued

    The backbench got so nervous, with a feeling of despair
    The Thug survived a challenge, up against an empty chair
    He promised he would listen and would stop his captains picks
    But six months on, not much had changed, he still played dirty tricks

    All the Thug’s decisions, took them further up shit creek
    From equal rights, to climate change, he kept a losing streak
    His Captain’s calls kept coming back, to bite him on the bum
    The public had concluded, he’s deluded and quite dumb

    The government was in limbo land, the party paralysed
    Their only hope was Turnbull, who the right wing just despised
    While Abbott’s only focus, was on how to save his hide
    Turnbull and his plotters planned the Thug’s politicide

    Turnbull advanced with the numbers on his side
    To everyone’s relief, they removed the Thug who lied
    For a while it worked quite well, their polling headed north
    The public were quite smitten, with the wanker from Wentworth

    But Turnbull’s coup had come, with a saddle bag of bricks
    The snake oil man was haunted, by a bunch of right wing pricks
    Turnbull had agreed to many things he’d once condemned
    It wasn’t long, till cracks appeared, the honeymoon would end

    Turnbull talked in circles and his capital was spent
    And Abbott and his acolytes, kept pissing in the tent
    Shorten started scoring and Labor set the pace
    The polls began to tumble, the lead all but erased

    The Thug was out to seek revenge, he channeled Kevin Rudd
    He would not rest, until he’d seen, the sight of Turnbull’s blood
    As always, the deluded thug, had a destructive disposition
    And like a suicide bomber, he’d soon blow up, the coalition

  5. Graeme Henchel

    Why did Abbott get the Arse?

    Was it justice, was it Karma?
    Was it Murdoch, was it Palmer?
    Was it lying and conceit?
    Was it backbenchers fear of defeat?
    Was it Mathias and Joe’s cigars?
    Was it because we’ve stopped making cars?
    Was it climate change denial?
    Was it putting Julia on trial?
    Was it the daughter’s scholarship prize?
    Was it debt and deficit lies?
    Was it removing the Carbon Tax?
    Was it trying to give the RET the axe?
    Was it cutting Foreign aid?
    Was it being so retrograde?
    Was it the Minister for Women joke?
    Was it all the promises broke?
    Was it Brandis’s bigots rights?
    Was it prancing around in lycra tights?
    Was it cutting the SBS and the ABC?
    Was it costing more for university?
    Was it imposing a GP tax?
    Was it the disregard of facts?
    Was it the ridiculous Dames and Knights?
    Was it the threats and talk of fights?
    Was it Joe’s “lifters and leaners”?
    Was it cutting the pay of parliament’s cleaners?
    Was it punishing pensioners and the unemployed?
    Was it the total moral void?
    Was it the embarrassing G20 address?
    Was it the ongoing budget mess?
    Was it the book-launch travel rort?
    Was it knighting the Queen’s consort?
    Was it use of the sham inquiry stunt?
    Was it the weasel words of Hunt?
    Was it the 800 Million given to News?
    Was it longer unemployment queues?
    Was it a budget most unfair?
    Was it too much body hair?
    Was it nobbling the NBN?
    Was it lying again and again?
    Was it exploiting terrorist threats?
    Was it job applications of Eric Abetz?
    Was it the sex worker wink?
    Was it being too slow to think?
    Was it Joe’s “poor people don’t drive”
    Was it the polls taking a dive?
    Was it the surprises and constant excuses?
    Was it asylum seeker abuses?
    Was it the work of Peta and the IPA?
    Was it repeating slogans day after day?
    Was it the dog whistle of “Team Australia”?
    Was it the pungent smell of failure?
    Was it wimping Putin’s shirt front?
    Was it because Christopher Pyne is a pain?
    Was it Arthur’s memory at ICAC?
    Was it giving Mr Burns the sack?
    Was it ever declining polls?
    Was it funding Internet trolls?
    Was it Newman’s election loss?
    Was it the submarine double cross?
    Was it saying the “Adults are in charge”?
    Was it making the deficit more large?
    Was it the whole damn useless crew?
    Was it the ties of bogus blue?
    Was it the hubris and the swagger?
    Was it Malcolm and Julie’s dagger?
    Was it saying he would change?
    Was it becoming even more deranged?
    Was it eating an onion raw?
    Was it the data-retention law?
    Was it exploiting Dr Karl?
    Was it frequent smirking snarls?
    Was it the daughter’s low rent at Kirribilli?
    Was it “Fixer” Pyne being silly?
    Was it acting like a bar room yob?
    Was it offering Bjorn Lomborg a job?
    Was it saying “I suppose we must grieve”
    Was it the constant attempts to deceive?
    Was it ditching his gold plated PPL mess?
    Was it then making Labor’s PPL less?
    Was it saying the deficit is no longer trouble?
    Was it increasing your own deficit double?
    Was it a second budget based on deception?
    Was it threatening to call an early election?
    Was it trying to get Gillian Triggs out?
    Was it Dutton acting like a Brussel sprout?
    Was it “get a good job that pays good money”
    Was it laughing at things that just weren’t funny?
    Was it all the talk of double dipping?
    Was it cabinet leaks a constant dripping?
    Was it denying marriage equality?
    Was it Brandis reading poetry ?
    Was it paying people smugglers to turn around?
    Was it the dead cat bounce the polls have found?
    Was it saying how much he hated wind farms?
    Was it lying each day without any qualms?
    Was it Brandis controlling the Arts?
    Was it the emission of smelly brain farts?
    Was it the false outrage at QandA?
    Was it telling ministers to stay away?
    Was it Bishop’s ride in a chopper?
    Was it cos Abbott did nothing to stop her?
    Was it Shorten’s conference revival?
    Was it party room fears for their own survival?
    Was it because we never got the 550 bucks?
    Was it that increasing the GST sucks?
    Was it Dyson being a party pooper?
    Was it trying to nobble industry super?
    Was it wanting to bomb in Syria?
    Was it the Border Force hysteria?
    Was it saying that Nazis are better than ISIS?
    Was it trying to score from the refugee crisis?
    Was it jobs threatened with China free trade?
    Was it leaving 7:30 viewers dismayed?
    Was it rumours of a cabinet reshuffle?
    Was it the Dutton sick joke kerfuffle?
    Was it putting a creationist nutter in Canning?
    Was it jumping the shark more often than Fanning?
    Was it using a slogan six words long?
    Was it getting everything consistently wrong?
    Was it all the renewed challenge talking?
    Was it a minister saying he’s a dead man walking?
    Was it cos Turnbull and Morrison colluded?
    Was it because he was incompetent and deluded?

    Why did Abbott get the shove?
    The answer is, all of the above.

  6. Möbius Ecko

    Where were these MSM commentators when Abbott was opposition leader?

    On the back of Abbott’s latest outburst a commentator correctly stated that Abbott is all about destroying and nothing about building. Tony Abbott pulls things down he said and his five point plan to win the next election illustrates this, they are all about destroying things.

    The other thing I want to mention on the back of this is the axiomatic demonstration of the L-NP being all about winning power and staying in power over and above governance. This means everything they do is aimed at the next election from the moment they gain or lose power. Doing this when in opposition is part of that job, but even there constructive governance needs to be demonstrated. But the L-NP is all about destroying opposition and tearing down things. The only thing they build is the bank balance of their donors and the wealthy.

  7. 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

  8. Michael Taylor

    Three brilliant poems there, Graeme. You’re a talent.

  9. Michael Taylor

    Where were these MSM commentators when Abbott was opposition leader?

    That’s easy to answer, Mo. They were falling over each other to see who could get out the first “The leader of the opposition says … ” story.

  10. John Lord

    Like your work Graeme.

  11. Kaye Lee

    “Where were these MSM commentators when Abbott was opposition leader?”

    They were busy trying to polish a turd. This is what the Herald Sun said just before the 2013 election…

    “TONY Abbott stands ready today to become Australia’s new prime minister with a set of economic and social policies to take the nation into a safe and assured future.

    Mr Abbott and the Coalition have shown they are more than ready to govern whereas another three years of Labor will condemn the nation to more destructive class-war politics and policy on the run.

    We believe Mr Abbott stands ready to seize the day. His has been a disciplined performance in a bitter and deeply divided Parliament. He has proved himself a man of principle.

    Tony Abbott has matured as a leader. He has gained people’s trust to do a tough job in tough economic times.

    The Herald Sun believes Mr Abbott should be given the opportunity tomorrow to restore Australia for Australians.

    We urge Australians to vote for Mr Abbott and elect him as our 28th prime minister.”

    Great judges of character over there at the Murdoch swamp.

  12. helvityni

    Wonderful, Graeme Henchel 🙂

    As they said on Faulty Towers, there’s enough there for two conferences…

    Tones’ mum spoilt her son, Mal’s left him into dad’s care ; no way to produce good leaders…?

  13. Deanna Jones

    Graeme, love your work.

    Let us not forget the “shit happens” comment, which led to the aforementioned interview with Mark Riley. That brain fade, btw, is 27 seconds long.

    This amusing video shows abbott being outwitted by a group of 14 year olds who were on a visit to Parliament House. The man’s apparent total lack of self awareness is hard to believe.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yBZwu5bAEdo

  14. helvityni

    Julia had two caring parents; a good leader who was not allowed to be.

  15. wam

    when you use a weapon to win you risk the two edges. Ho is bill coping with this windfall there is enough for another 48% any bets on him improving on his 30%
    what a great set of rhyming thoughts, graham.(shareable????)

    remember the peahowardcock and the gentle leadership bed hopping?

    This amoral opus dei is way past trump for his belief in personal truth and could be up their with trump, the woman as dangerous?
    Remember boys we know how bloody good they are when given the chance?
    My multi-millionaire (he has a health card and racehorse) school friend’s little brother votes for the rabbott with the religious fervour needed!
    your thought??
    they way you think of yourself is constant, honest and true if you are a machine. You need not be influenced by the now the past or think forward. Just leave that to AI of the computers.

    Was Hal or number 5 a dream or a future?

  16. Wayne Turner

    “No sniping” Abbott – The serial liar continues..

    Sadly ALL of the MSM dangerously proved they could take any moron and promote them to become PM.With Abbott as the said moron,and with enough gullible idiots in this country it worked.A truly sad lot this country is full of when the MSM got Abbott in.

  17. wam

    dear oh what drivel I write sorry

    I mean abbott preferred over gillard ridiculous but true,

    trump supported by a majority of American women ridiculous but true.

    the europe of my youth ruled by women soon to be true?

    The latter should be a cause for jubilation but pen fills me with dread

    ‘je ne suis pas, pen’

  18. Miriam English

    wam, “trump supported by a majority of American women ridiculous but true.”

    That’s not true. It keeps popping up in right-wing propaganda, but it is completely untrue.

    “Women supported Clinton over Trump by 54% to 42%. This is about the same as the Democratic advantage among women in 2012 (55% Obama vs. 44% Romney) and 2008 (56% Obama vs. 43% McCain).”

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/09/behind-trumps-victory-divisions-by-race-gender-education/

    Trump was elected by men — overwhelmingly by white men.

  19. guest

    While we can write at length about the myriad failings of Abbott, it is Turnbull who is now the leader and the one Abbott is attacking.

    Turnbull tried to list the achievements of his government. Cancelling the Gold Card and bringing law to the building industry (the ABCC, riding on the back of Abbott’s political TURC).

    Are these really wonderful achievements? Is that all there is? Mention of the ABCC reminds us that not only unions are involved in so-called bullying, corruption and sweet-heart deals. This week we have had writing about the problems of detecting “phoenixing”, about CEO remunerations and about bank gouging.

    So we could easily compile a list of Turnbull’s failures, just as we have for Abbott. It would not be a flattering list.

  20. Ella Miller

    Mr. Lord,
    My name is Cody,
    do you remember that i wrote a letter to the PM.
    My grandmother told me that if i get a letter i should answer.
    here is my reply.

    Dear Prime Minister,
    Thank you for you letter on the 6th. February.
    I didn’t understand all the bitts about democracy.
    What i did understand was that you didn’t answer any of my questions.
    My first question was
    why don’t the rich people pay more tax?
    My other question was
    why do you make life so hard on the people that can’t or don’t have a job and don’t make money for their family?
    Please can you answer my questions.
    Best wishes,
    sincerely
    Cody
    P.S. did you write the letter or did your workers write it for you?

  21. Florence nee Fedup

    Was it because he conned us, making statements he had no intention of keeping.

    He conned not lied,

    Was it because as Grattan ,has just discovered, they believe the spin they spruik.

    Was it because all he was interested in making Turnbull first pay for refusing to give him a shadow ministry because her believed Abbott wasn’t up to the job.

    Then Turnbull turned the table on Abbott, taking the PM job from him.

    Abbott won’t rest until he destroys Turnbull.

    That is all that Abbott during his long years in parliament and short career before has been good at. Head kicking, gathering dirt files and demolition.

    Sadly for Turnbull, he has made job easy for Abbott.

    Abbott never laid a glove on Gillard. She had his measure at all times.

    It was Rudd that brought her down.

    Abbott and others are having themselves on if they think he has the skills of Rudd to get the job back. Abbott is just a spoiler with no other ability.

  22. Florence nee Fedup

    I think true story of Turnbull’s childhood was that he was put in boarding school spending holidays with mum as well as dad. I read somewhere that in his early days. didn’t he on that well with dad. In fact tried to get married in UK without dad. Dad turned up uninvited. I believe his mother spent her last days with Malcolm. Can’t recall where I read that but it was a few years ago before we got the white wash version.

  23. John Lord

    Thanks Ella Miller.

  24. Michael

    I am a resident of Warringah, I am not represented in parliament.

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