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Tony said what?

I don’t like listening to Tony Abbott at the best of times, but sometimes he comes out with some absolute gems of stupidity that can’t be ignored. At other times he astounds me with his penchant for hypocrisy, and of course there are his litany of regular lies that are nothing less than jaw dropping.

And just when we think we’ve heard everything up pops this little gem from a speech he made in 2004 to the Young Liberals:

Politicians shouldn’t tell lies. But some information (about private conversations and private lives, national security and Cabinet discussions, for instance) is necessarily confidential no matter how much journalists (and possibly their readers) might like to know. Governments shouldn’t break promises but if circumstances change in ways that make keeping a commitment wrong, a full explanation should be given to the electorate.

Definitely a man of his word, isn’t he?



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  1. Terry2

    ‘Having trouble concentrating on this article : on the right of my screen is a most offensive photo of Abbott about to smooch Bronwyn Bishop !

    I’ll come back later , I’m just a little queasy.

  2. Arwen

    He was clearly lying at the time.

  3. Harquebus

    “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell.

  4. Anomander

    The very recursiveness of that statement is doing my head in.

  5. dwejevans

    Seems the only time he doesn’t lie is when he has his glasses on and he’s painfully reading from a carefully prepared fully scripted speech or teleprompter, with ‘voices’ in his ear, other than then, if the goanna lips are moving, ignore it.

  6. diannaart

    Tony was being very honest: he was explaining that he is a very honest man, except…..when he isn’t.

    Can’t be clearer than that now, can he?

  7. stephentardrew

    The guy just wings his dogmatism and theocratic nonsense by putting together sentences that have no connective structure and leaves most people bemused thinking he must have, at least, said something meaningful even though it is logically indefensible.

  8. Bronte ALLAN

    I used to think that George Bush senior was a few snags short of a barbie, but Abbot does not even make the bbq! And as for his facial expression–I dare not call it a smile–he looks like a deranged idiot, & funnily enough, I (& probably thousands more of us!), think so too!

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