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Tony Abbott: Bad Prime Minister

February 3, 2014 by Eddy Jokovich in News with 47 Comments

My wife’s young nephew and niece visited during the Christmas school holidays and, as most children do when they’re from a different part of Australia, introduced some of their local vernacular. Coming from the conservative heartland of the Riverina, they demonstrated what the ‘outsider’ kids are doing: whenever mentioning Tony Abbott, they mutter behind one hand, in a softer secret whisper: ‘bad Prime Minister’. Sometimes, they’ll extend their repertoire: ‘Julia Gillard: OK Prime Minister’. Sometimes: ‘Kevin Rudd: OK Prime Minister’. And on the very odd occasion: ‘Paul Keating: Good Prime Minister.’ Now, there’s a Prime Minister worth respecting.

Of course, they are being inculcated by their families and their small peer group, but it’s amusing listening to 10- and 9-years-olds act out their subversive behaviour amongst the conservatives. I’m not sure about Julie Gillard: I’d say she was ‘so-so’, but I don’t believe she was anywhere near as bad as her critics made out, or as bad as her poll numbers. I believe history will be kind to Gillard and behind the facade of the brutal politics during 2010–2013 is a list of policy programs of substance (which, of course, are just about to be destroyed by the Coalition Government), delivered in a hostile hung parliament, which very few Prime Ministers could have survived.

But, poll numbers are what politicians are judged on, so her ratings get the thumbs down. Kevin Rudd was a disaster as Prime Minister. A ten-year period of Government awaited the Labor Party but Rudd, although he held great potential, couldn’t manage the party. And, therefore, the party couldn’t manage him. And the person who did the most damage, Bill Shorten, is now leading their party.

Tony Abbott? Is he ‘bad’? If so, how bad is he really as a Prime Minister?

My feeling is that, this is going to be one hell of a bad Prime Minister. Of course, we don’t know what a Prime Minister will be like until they reach the position but looking at Abbott in the four months of this term, his past and his background, suggests that he’s on track to being one of the worst and most divisive Prime Minister this country has seen. The most divisive? We’ll get to this later.

Abbott has come from a very privileged background, attending St Aloysius’ College in primary school and the prestigious St Ignatius’ College in secondary school. His father was an orthodontist, and established one of the largest practices in Australia. He has, pretty much, had everything laid out for him, even when the going gets tough. During his time at the University of Sydney, he was charged with the indecent assault of a female student. He was also caught by police vandalising a traffic sign. On both occasions, he was lawyered up and both charges were dismissed. And this has been symptomatic of most of his adult life: when difficult times arrive, he eschews personal responsibility and seeks protection, either through the law (for example, the defamation case against Bob Ellis in 1998 for allegations made in Goodbye Jerusalem), or through powerful benefactors, such as Rupert Murdoch.

There are many other sites available online that refer to Tony Abbott’s character, before and after politics but, suffice to say, there is nothing in his public persona or history to suggest we have someone who brings gravitas to the office of Prime Minister, and few qualities of decency. His comments about Bernie Banton during the 2007 election campaign are probably the best indication of his persona and character: First, slurring a dying man and then blaming his own staff for a ‘mix-up’ in the meeting between him and Banton. No responsibility.

Now comes that bad part. Democracy, of course, is about representation, and when a specific party comes to office, they represent their supporter base; in the case of the Liberal Party, small and large business. Tony Abbott used to be a journalist. He worked for News Limited. The chairman and CEO of News Limited, Rupert Murdoch supported the Liberal National Party election campaign with some of the most one-sided and over-the-top journalism ever, through his mouthpieces, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail and The Australian.

Tony Abbott represents business people in parliament, and his business philosophies are in tune with rabid right-wing economic orthodoxies of the worst kind. If it were not for the rule of law and the restraints of parliament, Friedrich Hayek’s dogma would be considered to be too weak, and we’d be all on the road to serfdom again. Just like a production line in a sausage factory, labour would be offered and paid as required: no holiday pay, no sick leave. If you’re not required for the following day, you are told so. You go back to work when the employer contacts you. If you don’t like what’s being offered, you go somewhere else.

Forget all the analysis about Abbott being a semi-Democratic Labor-ite, and wanting people to have at least some sort of safety net for the social good. If Abbott can go to a place where the labour market is totally de-regulated and de-unionised, he will go there. And, as if he is channeling the spirit of B.A. Santamaria, he is now attacking the ABC for ‘not supporting the home team’ and lacking patriotism in its news reporting.

On workplace relations, the rhetoric coming from both Abbott and his Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz, has been gratuitous, vile and incorrect. Australia is not on the verge of a ‘wages blowout’. Since The Accords from 1983 until 1991 (Marks 1–7), wages have been kept in check. Abbott’s criticism of the employment conditions at SPC Ardmona being ‘overly generous’ and needing to be cut back shows that his Government is preparing for an assault on working environments across Australia. And this follows on from claiming that Holden workers losing their jobs in 2017 could be a ‘liberating experience’. No sympathy.

And, in-between the domestic political mishaps, the international disasters with Indonesia, and the spat over the East China Sea with Chinese foreign minister Wang Li. These incidents have arisen through arrogance and incompetence. Diplomatic relationships can be smoothed over through time: countries are pragmatic and self-interested when it comes to trade but these are incidents that were unnecessary and poorly managed. Again, the mainstream media came to the rescue, ensuring that both incidents were glossed over with domestic audiences.

However, on another new level of arrogance was the speech Abbott made at the Word Economic Forum in Davos. I mean, just who was that speech aimed at? For a domestic audience? Surely, there aren’t enough stupid people in Australia to be receptive to that type of economic simplicity. It was dreadful. It was woeful. The small business shopkeeper mentality came to the fore. And it would be no way to manage a country’s economy.

Yet, the mainstream media reported this as some kind of economic revelation, bravery, and setting the course for a brilliant economic future. A more critical and accurate assessment of Abbott’s performance comes from Mike Seccombe at The Global Mail (‘Abbott’s Davos Moment’).

Man of substance? Man of convenience, more likely. And, he’s not the family man that he would have you believe. Now, a politician’s private life should remain private and, whenever I’ve come across any juicy gossip about any politician, I’ve ignored it. And I normally would but it’s about time Tony Abbott’s marital life was placed under the same scrutiny that Julia Gillard was placed under. The disgusting and relentless diatribes from the Pickering Post, her reputation besmirched, questions about Tim Matheison’s sexuality and whether their relationship was a sham. It was relentless from the time she assumed the Prime Ministership in 2010. And we are yet to see any proposals for a television sitcom akin to At Home With Julia.

The mainstream media protects Abbott’s personal life. Where are the questions about his 18-month relationship with his Chief-of-Staff, Peta Credlin? It’s an open secret amongst people ‘in the know’ in Canberra. Why was Julia Gillard’s personal life aggressively targeted and constantly trashed, whereas Tony Abbott remains immune?

Why has the rather odd situation of Abbott staying at the Australian Federal Police flats in Canberra not been scrutinised further? The Lodge is currently being renovated, but a leased family home costing over $156,000 until 31 August remains empty. And why isn’t any radio host asking Tony Abbott directly about his rumoured separation from Margie Abbott, in the same way that Julia Gillard was blatantly asked about her relationship?

The protection of Tony Abbott has existed all of his life, and continues in high office. He has protection from powerful players in the media. And this, coupled with classic conservative divisiveness and opportunism means that the next three years before the next election, due in 2016, will deteriorate even further.

Progressive politics offers creative solutions to society’s problems. Conservative politics offers no creative solutions, and depends on reactionary divisiveness to maintain a grip on power. As John Howard showed in his time in office during 1996–2007, a vacuum bereft of ideas can always be quickly filled with nationalistic jingoism, casual racism, asylum seekers, class warfare and attacks on unions (usually blue collar workers or the lowly paid). We know what Abbott is against, but we don’t know what he is for. He will dismantle programs, but he won’t build. He’ll target vulnerable people, the ones that can’t fight back. His entire agenda is based on a pay-back mentality that hasn’t matured politically since his days at the University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council.

My wife’s nephew and niece cautioned against a conservative government, claiming that ‘they will make us go to school on Saturday’, quickly followed by a surreptitious swipe: ‘Tony Abbott: Bad Prime Minister’. Is Tony Abbott a ‘bad Prime Minister’? In my opinion, the answer is yes, I think he is. But the storm clouds are still brewing. This is the time before the rain and the worst is yet to come.

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47 Comments

  1. Dennis ChambersAugust 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    How did he get his Rhodes Scholarship? With a reference from a minister of the Catholic Church. So as pay back is he covering up something we should know about. A Despicable Creature.

  2. JasonJune 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Perhaps he received his scholarship the same way his daughter did?
    Anyway, I believe this man is a sociopath and should have had serious therapy starting in his teenage years.

  3. Terry CharltonMay 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Rabbott’s main objective is to control the media. Other dictatorial leaders knew this was imperative. With Rhino and Murdoch to benefit from the new media legislation and his aim to dismantle the ABC, it is plain to see. The two richest people in this country are the pupetteers and they have a puppet with a wooden brain and an ever increasing nose.
    The shock jocks are on his side, and so are some right wing journo’s. Lets turn them off. Start a campaign to tun off these dispicable self absorbed morons. Can we do this. Is there anyway we can get the message out. A peaceful Ghandi style protest. Turn them off! I’m terminating my Foxtel subscription.

  4. Terry CharltonMay 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    He is and educated dope. He presides over educated dopes
    Pine the whiner. Julie the smug, Morrison the arrogant, Joe the thug, Eric the creep, and Malcolm, the only decent one of the bunch is going along with these turkeys. If this leadership group isn’t overturned in the party room there will be blood on our streets. Shameful Australia could come to this

  5. MonicaMay 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The only descriptions I have for Tony Abbott are when he is in public eye vying for attention “Action Man” When he is in any political arena, “Attack Dog.”

    If you watch him that is what he does. rides bikes, wears the gear of all the factories and work places.

    Puts on an act for public attention. What a phoney.

  6. Louis RomainMay 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I’m a long way away (Czech Republic right now) so perhaps it’s easier to see how important it is to be objective (Czech oops check!) and then ask clearly for what you want based on human needs.
    So if you’re unhappy with what your PM is doing right now, what is one small step you could request of him that would make your life more wonderful which you can imagine would be within the comfort zone of his needs?
    Then perhaps you can gather people around this action to support the change you want to see.
    Be it! Love my daring courage to post here, adventure!! Open to feedback…

  7. Ally MorganMay 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Mr. Abbott did not take up Australian Citizenship until it was clear he was in the running for his Rhodes Scholarship (open only to Australians) . He has come from a privileged background and monstered his way to the top in every way possible.

  8. Katherine MasonMay 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Don’t forget his daughter is into the club scene in Sydney & loves the drugs.
    I think its funny all the people think its the labor voters with their hands out all the time. All the liberal voters I know always have their hands out. The libs themselves always have their hands out ..how much was Gina paid again??

  9. GeorgiaMay 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Tosspots are as as tosspots do; Abbott is no exception.

  10. Paul AndrewsMay 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Abbot and Hockey just delivered the budget, What a pair of tip rats.

  11. Leonie Cooper squiresMay 3, 2014 at 2:55 am

    When I think about the policies for a better Australia that Julia Gillard and the Labour party where working on in their time in office and compare these to what the Liberals are about I hang my head in shame that this so called male of the species is the spokesman for my country on the world stage ! He makes me sick to my stomach. we need a revolution and we need to get rid of HIM now He is a shocking embarrassing prime minister beyond bad.

  12. maxApril 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    lets stand up and get rid of abbott before he kills this country.
    I hate this man with a passion and always did before.
    send him home Australia!!!!!

  13. Teresa PalamountainApril 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I have 10 year old twin girls who do EXACTLY what your wife’s niece and nephew do. VERBATIM. LOL

    And the rest of your article is spot on, and well articulated, you have echoed my thoughts EXACTLY.

  14. Ron CApril 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Let us not be too harsh on the right wing ranters, they know no different, as their black and white brains have been wired that way since birth.

  15. EelboyApril 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Someone commented recently that voting for Abbott because you don’t like Gillard was like eating a shit sandwich because you don’t like spinach. Hey Kevin Mc, how do you feel about Abbott’s former assistant treasurer paying himself $2,000 an hour with our money? How does that sit with your schtick about “…stopping the waste of money given in handouts to lazy self-serving companies and people…” Kev are you there??? Hello Kev…

  16. SamApril 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    With many major outlets for quality journalism being gagged or backed into a corner, quality, informed and opinionated journalism spread through social network is great. It’s not that ‘.. there aren’t enough stupid people in Australia to be receptive to that type of economic simplicity.’ But a comfortable lifestyle has made many Australians lazy. Only when this terrible government bites them on the arse will they be bothered to act.

  17. ClaireApril 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for a truthful and insightful article. I am a fence-sitter as far as politics go, I try to look at the policies of each, sift out the Bullshit from both and choose wisely at election time. I find it flabbergasting, still, this far into the game, that such a shallow, dimwitted, dangerous man is now our PM. He has done nothing progressive for Australia yet, but in these short months he and his party have brought international shame through our treatment of refugees, lost our clout regarding the environment and climate change and quickly destroying any hope of being a self sustaining country by the slow agonising death of the last of our manufacturing industries. I don’t want to live in pseudo China or America! When our mines closed – and they will – when no one wants to pay for our natural resources, then what? We have no plan B and that scares the shit out of me. Our education system is in the toilet so we can’t compete overseas – we are like fat cows to the slaughter and Abbott’s holding the prod. So sad, and scary, I have children and I love my country – how much damage can be done in three years? I think Abbott is set to break a record.

  18. KPMarch 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

    OK, let’s put ‘opinion’ aside for a moment, here’s Abbott’s list so far: http://theaimn.com/2014/03/09/tracking-abbotts-wrecking-and-broken-promises-updated-march-2014/

  19. DarylMarch 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I have never seen a man with such hatred to the Australian worker as Abbott. He is not good at international diplomacy. For instance, China, Indonesia and now Russia. It is so hard to believe he became PM. Welfare for the rich, minimal or no tax for the big business? The love of privatisation with all the woe that it entails. What the##. The average Australian worker pays possibly 80% of the taxes and he has nothing but contempt for us. It would seem like he is now giving us “the recession we don’t have to have”. If you think we live in a democracy, think again. We have a dictator who is intent all attacking our social structure. It is time for the “union of politicians” and their “age of entitlement” to be bought to an abrupt end. A sick man.

  20. David ChapmanFebruary 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Give him a go. He couldn’t be as bad as the clowns who were in charge of the asylum for the past three years. Let the asylum seekers come to this country through the front door, not over the back fence.

  21. LawrenceFebruary 12, 2014 at 1:29 am

    In all fairness, this article does degenerate into a spate about Abbott’s relationship with Peta Credlin and his separation from his wife, leaves no high moral ground for the author’s attacks on Abbott. What I find most interesting though is not that attack, or the lows which it embraces and which are Tony Abbott’s trademark but rather the way in which the LNP dyed in the wool supporters seem to have a blinkered view of his performance. Objectively standing back from Abbott, it is reasonable to say that he has been an unmitigated disaster in his international performances, he has sought to erase Labor’s fingerprints on Australian society and history and he seems to be in thrall to the worst type of Christian extremist (Bernardi, for example, who is clearly a homophobic and aggressive opportunist).

    LNP supporters would have eviscerated and did eviscerate Gillard with much less evidence and yet seem to think that the LNP has some sort of high ground which means that criticism is a communist plot or some such.

    The comments are the most interesting part of this article. Shame really as his illicit affair with Petlin deserves the attention that he would have given it had it been Gillard, because it is a reflection of his moral character.

    Anyone who stands back and really takes a look at the Abbott Government would have to say that it is early days and for early days, he has done a lot of self harm. It may be a very fair statement to make that he will be the most divisive Prime Minister in Australian history but I suspect not, simply because the Liberal party will dump him for the dead weight he is as soon as they can do so without falling onto their swords.

  22. mludowykFebruary 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    And it’s not just Abbott. The whole cabinet are a pack of right wing nutters singing for the likes of Gina and Rupert.

  23. JasonFebruary 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    It’d be alright if the private schools WERE private but they are not. They are more subsidised than anywhere in the world, thanks to Howard and his class warfare. Look it up. You had no comeback or references at all to what she has explained to you. And I went to one of the best schools in WA. I have no reason to complain. Since the 1980s, the right has been targeting human resource sectors because they haven’t been making exponential profit the way high-technology has, because of its improvements and labour market manipulation. Hence the obsession with reformism of education and the s*** results. Pyne’s idea for putting principals in charge and giving more autonomy saves them money, from 13,000 down To 11,000 dollars per student per year. It will not help education outcomes at all and that was never the intention. And yes, he did gag his cabinet, and has now banned them from social media too.

  24. Terra TeaFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Rudd, Albanese and Shorten all went to private school too. You make it sound like that’s a terrible crime. Your bigoted, partisan, ignorant, fallacious arguments reveal only how myopic you are and nothing a proper journalist might write to enlighten us all. It looks like you got all your information from one web site. A quick check on Twitter dismisses your gagging claim. I’d make a better journalist than you.

  25. mcFebruary 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    To those criticising this article: is there anything that you can dispute? Does Abbott tell the truth? No, and he has admitted this. His comments about the ABC that the public does not like it being biased, have been shown to be totally untrue. Does Abbott have the support of the Murdoch media? Yes. Did he have a privileged upbringing? Yes. Was he a Rhodes scholar? Yes. Is Abbott, dismantling the programs of the previous government? Yes. Does he have any policies besides dismantling those of the previous government? Ummm, perhaps the paid maternity leave scheme, and that is awesome. Was Gillard’s personal life targeted? Yes. Is Abbott’s personal life targeted? No. Can argue about his performance on the international stage? He has had disputes with several other countries in the first four months of his term (Indonesia recalled its ambassador). He criticised the Labor Party on US radio (even the Conservative politicians in the US, said this was unprofessional). Look past the rhetoric, (that is obviously left-wing, The Guardian?) and look at what he has done.

  26. jgmFebruary 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    And now we hear that Credlin has banned all Liberals from using Twitter, Facebook or any social media. North Korea anyone? And Abbott will do anything she says as ‘we all know’ what sort of relationship they have, ask yourself why you never see Abbott’s wife anymore? And why isn’t this reported in the Murdoch press? All we get is lies from a PM who once punched a woman in the face, ran away from his preganant girlfriend, made excuses and hid the evidence against Catholic pedophiles, licks the *** of Murdoch, his real boss, and now wants to destroy unions, the backbone of this country. Time for change, we the people have had enough and need to pressure the Governor-General to a double disolution. March in March should see an end to this vile, horrible little man and return to democracy to this country.

  27. jgmFebruary 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Abbott is the worse PM this country has seen. He lies, he cheats, he has no idea. We have the navy shooting and drowning refugees and the media says nothing. Abbott has a relationship with Credlin and the media turns a blind eye. He only got into power through Murdoch lies and propoganda and Murdoch will want his reward, which is the destruction of SBS and the ABC so Murdoch has more power. Worse government ever. Illegitimate and the Governor-General should dismiss Abbott immediately so real democracy can be restored to this country. Otherwise, we will see rioting and violence in the streets. Mark my words, a dark undercurrent of revolt is there and it won’t take much to push the public to revolt. And it will be Abbott’s fault.

  28. LaurieFebruary 10, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Abbott and Murdoch are a toxic mix for the Australian democratic process. We are in fact a Murdochracy.

  29. FerenczFebruary 8, 2014 at 1:20 am

    The short-sighted, selfish and narrow minded attitude the LNP has shown towards Australian workers and our families over the last few months, is mind-blowing.

  30. CatherineFebruary 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I think that it is fair to say that the measure of societal success lay not in its leaders ability to mask their personal lives, but lay in the ability of women and men to have positive and supportive relationships on all levels. The evidence of this is at its core is fidelity, respect and empathy, which in turn reaquires courage and humility. Noble traits poorly regarded in todays world.

  31. GongiteFebruary 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I enjoyed this article, thanks. It may be too early to judge the overall outcomes of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership. But in the last few months we have certainly seen that the man is more than a tad hypocritical. As opposition leader he hounded Julia Gillard for an alleged lie and broken promise on putting a price on carbon, yet since taking office he and his team have broken or spoken of breaking most of his major election promises:
    – no changes to Medicare
    – ‘unity ticket’ on Gonksi
    – support for the existing Renewable Energy Target
    – sending a patrol boat to keep an eye on the Japanese whaling fleet
    – not resurrecting WorkChoices (see the Coalition submission to Fair Work Australia on penalty rates being outdated and unnecessary)
    – going back into surplus sooner than Labor would have
    – governing for all Australians

    And that’s not to mention some stupendously awful decisions that weren’t flagged before the election, like rolling back the Charities Commission, repealing the Future of Financial Advice reforms, and slashing foreign aid and abolishing AusAID. And there are many more. If the media treated Mr Abbott’s about faces the same way they had Julia Gillard, all the papers would be rolling headlines of outrage! If his first few months is anything to go by, Abbott will be seen as a uniquely partisan, vindictive and regressive prime minister.

  32. RobertFebruary 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Can you imagine how interesting politics be right now if Labor had won the election? Rudd and Gillard would have changed leadership at LEAST 3 times in the past 6 months. Rudd would have talked to journalists about a private conversation he had with Obama and ruined our relations with them even further, like he did when he told them that Bush asked ‘What’s the G6?’ Not to mention some other great gaffs, such as having the news broadcast images of dozens of men, women and children being shattered to death on the rocks at Christmas Island due to Labor’s ‘solution’ to piracy, which it bankrolled in it’s time in government. It’s kind of boring watching Liberal in charge, with their whole ‘We Only Have One Prime Minister’ policy. Someone mount a challenge or something! The Labor supporters demand it! Honestly. And you sit here and say that the country is dumb because they voted in Liberal. Perhaps that is so, but one thing is clear; anyone willing to vote in Labor again after their performances, would be even dumber. Perhaps Abbott should give Labor supporters some extra cover, such as elbow pads, on their Medicare; it must be difficult having your hand out like they do all the time.

  33. MichelleFebruary 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Such a sad state of affairs that we Australians have allowed to get ourselves into by voting into power such an indulgent, conceited and self-serving prick.

  34. WTFFebruary 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I’m absolutely flabbergasted at the comments that are in support Tony Abbott here. I truly hope when ‘the worst is yet to comes’ finally and inevitably arrives, I hope it impacts your family or children on a profound level, so in hindsight you can look at yourself and say ‘I should have been part of stopping this ****head’. Good luck with that.

  35. FionaFebruary 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Mr Jokovich, thank you for an excellent analysis.

    I wonder why right-wingers have such difficulty with orthography. It’s “dyed” in the wool, Mr Kevin Mc.

  36. Kate O'BrienFebruary 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

    How come these pro-LNP commenters can never spell correctly?

  37. Kevin McFebruary 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    This writer is obviously a died in the wool Labor voter. In years to come, Tony Abbott will be remembered as one of the best PMs we have ever had. If we keep giving financial assistance to large conglomerates we will go broke. SPC is owned by Coca Cola – say no more. Typical Labor people looking for handouts – get in and get working and take responsibility. Gillard, a good PM? You are kidding surely. Abbott is stopping the waste of money given in handouts to lazy self-serving companies and people and the Laborites don’t like it one bit. You are responsible for your life. Well done Tony.

  38. puffytmdFebruary 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

    This is an excellent article, that well analyses Tony Abbott, the man and politician. Tony Abbott is a weak opportunist who has harmed and is harming this country, home and abroad. Those whom support him are doing the same. The attacks by his supporters on this Author for this piece, show extreme Abbottism, and prove the Author’s premise by their own actions.

  39. willoughby ornottFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    You say the worst is yet to come. Your mind is already made up without possibly knowing one freaking jot about the future. After two days, there was a site saying he was Australia’s worse PM. It has been a never-ending stream of outrageous vindictive bile ever since. All you monumental ignorant hypocritical moronic lying bull**** propaganda spreaders should realise that you LOST the election. Hey, here’s an idea ****wads… If you don’t like how the country was run then vote for a different party next election. All you un-Australian traitorous f***s should be charged with treason for your incessant inciting of civil war.

  40. Lawrence WinderFebruary 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    A excellent summation of the parlous state we have had the nation placed in by these vindictive, self serving apparatchiks.

  41. Wayne WoodFebruary 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    What a load of dribble, was it written by a ten year old?

  42. SteveFebruary 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Such a comprehensive judgement so quickly reveals your preconceived position. Whilst you pretend to be rational and even handed this is clearly not the case. Abbott’s performance will be determined over the next few years, so lets see. What can’t be dismissed is where Krudd and Gibblet left the country after taking it over in 2007 – an unmitigated disaster. Thank god we at least have stopped that rot.

  43. Neil BridgewaterFebruary 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I would be the first to attack Abbott if he exceeds and abuses his power, but I haven’t seen anything untoward besides the mechanics of social, economic balance mechanisms. I like to read balanced news articles, I live in western Sydney and know about the tall poppy syndrome where you have thieving communist bastard’s looking over your fence to nick stuff. Good on you if you want to get ahead and don’t take crap off fat/gay anarchists. This article is the green left literature equivalent of corrupted Murdoch and his paper money corruption. I gave Gillard and Rudd a fair go when they started and reconciled their mistakes as part of a sinful and broken world but I can’t reconcile with this author’s baseless and inaccurate slander of our PM. This Author needs to be medicated and therapy for His Animus Shadow Combative complex. The law of the concrete jungle will bite him eventually.

    DLP GARGOYLE

  44. peteFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

    At last some real honest journalism … thankyou for this very succinct blog.

  45. Drew FordFebruary 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Heres a HEADS UP Everyone…Do you want rabbott and his cronies to go full term, to have control of the Senate and do whatever they like? The LNP is putting pressure on the Electoral Commission to stop them running the vote in W.A. again. I don’t know how much time we have but a mate has made a petition and if we can get this out to all anti-LNP sites hopefully we can get a good number of people to sign and then W.A. will have the chance to vote and I think they will vote against the LNP, they must be watching what hes doing!!! Anyway here’s the link, please sign and share and post where you can in the next couple of days… thank you all… Drew
    http://chn.ge/1aVYwQe

  46. Rod WhitfieldFebruary 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Spot on. The only part In disagree with is this bit: ‘Surely, there aren’t enough stupid people in Australia to be receptive to that type of economic simplicity.’ That part’s WAY off, the September election proved that. Everything else, very accurate.

  47. Pat TaylorFebruary 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment. You haven’t mentioned how he left his pregnant girlfriend(?) in the lurch because he would have lost his Rhodes scholarship. Later the son turned out not to be his but he didn’t stand by the mother! What a waste of a human being he is!

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