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Sun Sep 8, 2013, 02:31 AM

The Wit and Wisdom of Tony Abbott

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Reply The Wit and Wisdom of Tony Abbott (Original post)
Matilda Sep 2013 OP
SwissTony Sep 2013 #1
MrModerate Sep 2013 #2
Matilda Sep 2013 #4
MrModerate Sep 2013 #6
anakie Sep 2013 #12
Matilda Sep 2013 #13
treestar Sep 2013 #3
Tseko Sep 2013 #5
treestar Sep 2013 #7
Matilda Sep 2013 #8
treestar Sep 2013 #9
Matilda Sep 2013 #10
CBHagman Sep 2013 #14
pink Oct 2013 #17
Matilda Sep 2013 #11
Matilda Sep 2013 #15
Matilda Sep 2013 #16
pink Oct 2013 #18
Matilda Oct 2013 #19
Matilda Nov 2013 #20

Response to Matilda (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 08:14 AM

1. And this guy is soon to be our PM.

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRKKKKKKKKKK!!!!

At least Port Adelaide won.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:13 AM

2. I've been telling my colleagues . . .

A majority of whom (sadly) voted for the coalition, "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it."

I'm anticipating huge buyer's remorse in less than a year. Maybe the liberals can pull a Gillard and replace Abbott with Turnbull. At least he's not given to psychotic episodes like the one in the video.

But regardless of whatever else they do in office, it seems certain that the Liberals are going to screw up the National Broadband Network totally, installing last-decade technology that'll have to be replaced almost as soon as it's put in place.

And that's just one policy.

I'm not a permanent resident, but I do care about Australia -- and I'm going to be here for several more years -- so I view this development with great disappointment.

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 01:05 AM

4. I think Abbott will self-destruct in a short time.

He doesn't seem to be capable of making coherent statements without a prepared script; whenever he tries, he jams his foot firmly in his mouth.

Thank goodness, putting Rudd back into the leadership at least saved a good number of seats, so there's a workable parliamentary party to regroup. And hopefully, new leadership will enable wounds to be healed.

I regret that in the meantime, the excellent NBN will be scrapped, and I fear dreadfully for the environment. Even one term of Abbott is enough to do serious damage.

And let's not talk about some of the weirdos being elected to the Senate! The system needs to be reformed it's surreal that people who polled less than 1% of the vote are going to get a seat. It's a crazy system.

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Response to Matilda (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 07:09 AM

6. Hopefully sooner rather than later, and with minimal collateral damage . . .

But we'll see.

If the Chinese economy should hiccup at the same time that austerity fever begins to bite, it could lead to a very ugly outcome.

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Response to Matilda (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 13, 2013, 02:54 AM

12. Unfortunately, I don't think he will

I went back trying to find the thread when he first became leader in 2009 - we all said the same thing. Mocked derisively when he proclaimed himself a man of the people or some such.

While he is protected by Rupert Murdoch and the rest of the MSM - including the hopelessly biased ABC - he will not self destruct. He will fuck up but Murdoch's minions either won't pursue it ala Ashbygate or report it on page 17 or turn it back on Labor.

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Response to anakie (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 13, 2013, 03:51 AM

13. One thing he can't hide are the telecasts of Question Time.

Unfortunately, not too many people actually watch QT, but when something interesting happens, it usually goes viral (Gillard's misogyny speech, for example). And if Albo is elected Labor leader, he will be an Opposition leader who will hold Abbott accountable for every wrong word or misplaced gesture.

But yes, Rupert will protect him, and he'll probably get an easy run from the ABC as well, judging by the performance during the election.

I think this election was a vote against Labor infighting more than it was a vote for Abbott, and I just hope that whoever becomes LOTO will be able to keep MPs from attacking each other instead of Abbott.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:31 PM

3. Holy Cow

What a weirdo.

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Response to treestar (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 05:45 AM

5. That's not all.

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Response to Tseko (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 05:50 PM

7. A bit of a George Dubya Bush type

The comments on his intellect toward the end!

Who were the former PMs, towards the end, who commented on him?

on the day he was ejected from the green chamber!

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Response to treestar (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 09:21 PM

8. The first (Lib) was Malcolm Fraser,

who along the way has turned into a good guy. He resigned from the Liberal Party some years ago in disgust.

The second was Paul Keating (Labor).

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Response to Matilda (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 10, 2013, 12:50 PM

9. Thanks!

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Response to treestar (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 02:47 AM

10. To quote Anthony Albanese (Albo)

"In your guts, you know he's nuts".

I do hope he becomes Opposition Leader!

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Response to Matilda (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 08:52 AM

14. I'm going to save that phrase for the appropriate occasion.

God knows there will be opportunities to use it.

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Response to Tseko (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 12:53 AM

17. Brilliant

I remember every incident. As someone else said - We now have our own George W.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 09:37 PM

11. Abbott has yet to give a press conference, and this video might give us a clue as to why

Tony Abbott ignoring, walking, or hiding away from reporters:




It's going to be interesting - asking prepared questions in parliament is not the same as having to answer them. And Peta Credlin can't keep him hidden away from the press all the time, and certainly not when he's going to be overseas.

Or will he think that just putting on his lycra bike shorts and cycling around Washington will be such a thrill for people they won't feel the need to ask questions?

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2013, 02:12 AM

15. Only one woman in Abbott's Cabinet.

Last edited Mon Sep 16, 2013, 03:28 AM - Edit history (2)

Presumably the other women elected to parliament will make the tea and do the washing up.

Edit to Add:

No Minister for Science (there has been a Minister for Science in every government since 1929 - until now)

No Minister for Disability


Welcome to 1953.


Edit: It gets worse.

Afghanistan has three women holding ministry portfolios. We have one.

There are no ministries for Aging, Climate Change, Industrial Relations, or Youth, but Sport has been elevated to Cabinet.

The NBN website has been shut down already.


Good to see Abbott has his priorities right.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 02:59 AM

16. And Tony is still running away from questions.

Yesterday, Abbott ran from media questions about drowned children on asylum seeker boat:






What a pathetic look for a country's leader.

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Response to Matilda (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 12:57 AM

18. If you listen carefully

You'll hear him telling the media to "Fuck off" 1min 08secs into the video

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Response to pink (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 03:27 AM

19. Always the charmer.

He's worse than I thought, and my expectations of him were zero.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:13 PM

20. He outdid himself today.

He was a no-show at the Remembrance Day commemoration at the Canberra War Memorial. He was expected, but he didn't show up.

Slept in? Dog ate his invitation?

Or was it because Paul Keating was to give the address?

Petty and pathetic and utterly unforgiveable.

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