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June 2, 2014
Tony Abbott: All hat and no cattle

Tony Abbott: All hat and no cattle

Tony Abbott has shamelessly exploited the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings as an attempt to score partisan political points while taking aim at the Labor Party.

Ordinarily, diplomacy dictates that commemoration of war time historical events should focus on the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives in battle and to convey to current and future generations that their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

However, after observing that over 3,000 Australians were involved in the D-day landing, Prime Minister Abbott quickly turned his attention to domestic political matters.

“My message to overseas investors is that Australia is open for business,” he said.

“The Government’s Economic Action Strategy to lower tax, cut red tape and encourage trade will improve the competitiveness of businesses — so that we can build a stronger Australia.

The fact that ruminating on the state of the Australian economy was completely inappropriate and irrelevant to the gravity of the situation appeared to escape the PM.

“We welcome investment and we are making investment more attractive by scrapping the carbon tax and the mining tax, cutting 50,000 pages of red tape and ending the “analysis paralysis” on major projects.”

We look forward to him defending cuts to Medicare at the next Auschwitz Commemoration.

 

 

 

 

 

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65 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2014 9:21 am

    Thanks to AO for the heads up…

  2. June 2, 2014 9:23 am

    He looks like a roofing nail with that hat on.

  3. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 9:34 am

    Obviously, this is what Gravitas looks like. 😯

  4. June 2, 2014 9:45 am

    Abbott; the living embodiment of Johnson’s observation that ‘patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.’

  5. June 2, 2014 9:47 am

    Abbott Govt busted changing D-day press release- and the date has been backdated!

  6. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 9:49 am
  7. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 9:49 am

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 9:50 am

    So who hasn’t this Dickwit™ insulted so far?

    Oh, of course, the pope … wait for it …

    And I thought Howard was bad … O_o

  9. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 9:57 am

    And I thought Howard was bad

    Nobody is saying he wasn’t TB.

    The word you are looking for is “worst” 😉

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:06 am

    Did one of Gillard’s old media advisors write that ‘message’ for Abbott? It looks like a joke.

    No one with media training could have written it.

  11. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:07 am

    Interesting how the media’s “outrage” has been vented since the election

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has courted controversy by linking a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day to his government’s policies.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-raises-eyebrows-after-linking-wwii-dday-memorial-with-policies-on-mining-and-carbon-taxes-20140602-39cuy.html#ixzz33R4VBd3k

  12. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:26 am

    No one with media training could have written it.

    Here he goes, Here he goes, Here he Goes!

    https://theguttertrash.com/2014/05/30/rostrum-toons-and-loons-edition/#comment-59782

  13. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:27 am

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:28 am

    Is this tweet from the john that used to comment with us on GT, is it the same person ? He tweets on H&S and workplace bullying, is it the same surname?

    …Victorian government MPs have warned Tony Abbott to steer clear of the November state election campaign, claiming the Prime Minister has become ”toxic” for the Coalition brand in Victoria…

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-urged-to-keep-away-from-victorian-election-campaign-20140601-39ckt.html#ixzz33R96DphO

  15. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:31 am

    The adults have taken over and opened us for business.

    Manufacturing hurt by federal budget

    Australia’s manufacturing industry remains in decline, with confidence dampened by the federal budget.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/manufacturing-hurt-by-federal-budget-20140602-39d4p.html#ixzz33RAaQW67

  16. June 2, 2014 10:37 am

    Yeah I’d say it’s the same John McP AO…

  17. June 2, 2014 10:38 am
  18. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:50 am

    For those who think it was a joke gone wrong,, a draft, or whatever pitiful excuse they trump out

    If you still don’t get it, Abbott was using words and imagery of brave men from World War 2 to trigger an emotional reaction in the reader, and viewer, of his written and video media release.

    This is an ugly, utterly cynical PR technique to soften you up with emotional triggers, so that what follows – his agenda relating to the axing of the carbon and mining taxes, cutting of red tape and “open for business” propaganda – will lock into your emotions, will etch his messages into your thoughts and memory. This is why the ‘D-Day To The Carbon Tax’ media release begins and ends with lines about the D-Day landings and World War 2.

    The veterans got 5 lines, his right wing, IPA think-tank propaganda got six paragraphs, in a release headlined ’70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings.’

    It was an attempt to purposely link events from World War 2 with his current agenda, and make you feel less opposed to his plans, and his Budget. And also to pressure his political opponents to dropping their opposition to his policies.

    It wasn’t a “blunder.”

    It was extremely purposeful.

    http://theorstrahyun.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/abbott-on-d-day-anniversary-worst-press.html

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:50 am

    Did one of Gillard’s old media advisors write that ‘message’ for Abbott? It looks like a joke.

    No one with media training could have written it.

    It looks like a joke.

    As I said on the other thread, ToM … you are in defence mode …

    Obviously not to our fearless leader … and if he said it he WEARS IT!

    Not whoever wrote it …

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah I’d say it’s the same John McP AO…

    Be interesting to catch up with JMc … didn’t he go off to write proper stuff for money for some mob?

    He and I used to argue that a massive downturn* was about to hit and copped a bit of flak at the time … *(later to be called the GFC when it did) …

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:53 am

    It was an attempt to purposely link events from World War 2 with his current agenda

    Doubt the Yanks and Poms’ll be impressed much either …

    Better add them to the list of good folk not sending, Adolph, a Christmas card this year …

  21. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:54 am

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:56 am

    Ike, was one of WWII best generals … and went on to be a very popular President of the USofA …

    Pity we can’t say anything about Tony Abbott …

  23. June 2, 2014 11:03 am
  24. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:09 am

    In his weekly video message to the nation, Mr Abbott discusses his impending visit to France for the 70th anniversary of the landings before seguing into his further travels to the US and Canada and the government’s commitment to repealing the taxes.

    What weekly video message to the nation? Has anyone ever seen one?

    Although I’d prefer to see him interrogated interviewed on ABC (as opposed to Aunt Sally question on commercial shows) …

  25. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:13 am

    A timely reminder for Deficit Day

    Has the Government doubled the budget deficit?

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:14 am

    “We stood together at D-Day, we trade every day and we have always shared a commitment to democracy, to enterprise and to people’s right to be free,” he said.

    So what happened to my right to be free when I was drafted into Menzies* army for two years … fkn hypocrites all …

    *another of Abbott’s “heroes” …

  27. June 2, 2014 11:18 am
  28. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:19 am

    A timely reminder for Deficit Day

    That needs a cuppa and ten minutes, TR, but looks well worth it … thanks … (isn’t this what we’ve been saying – what fkn crisis?)

    We headed for one thanks to Hockey and Abbott and the Acolytes …

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:20 am

    sreb, that looks like you’re supporting the CT repeal?

    Just sayin’ …

  30. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:20 am

    Yeah I’d say it’s the same John McP AO…

    I thought so, good to see he’s still active.

    THE PEOPLE VERSUS THE POLITICAL CLASS
    The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger:
    http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/june/1401544800/richard-cooke/people-versus-political-class

    …Citizens have always grudgingly accepted that politicians lie, and they are willing to elect candidates who offer them scant policy detail. But when politicians lie about even that scant policy detail, it’s no longer clear exactly what elections in Australia are for. They’re not endorsements of judgement, because the judgement relies on trust. They’re not endorsements of policy, because we don’t know what it is. They are opening up a democratic deficit we can’t levy our way out of.

    Instead of fronting up to the electorate, governments now invent a whole category of external bodies: commissions of audit, reviews, people’s assemblies, future summits…

  31. Walrus permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:45 am

    “He and I used to argue that a massive downturn* was about to hit and copped a bit of flak at the time …””

    A bit of rewriting of History I see. Otherwise why would you complain about what the GFC did to your savings if you predicted it.

    I recall we are still awaiting “”the great downturn”and crash of Australian property prices plus 25% unemployment.

    Abbott’s gaffe is up there with the Ratfuckers episode and Gillard’s organisation of the Australia Day riots

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:45 am

  33. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:47 am

    I recall we are still awaiting “”the great downturn”and crash of Australian property prices plus 25% unemployment.

    may appear closer than they seem (objects in the rear view mirror that is)

  34. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:47 am

  35. June 2, 2014 11:49 am

    “sreb, that looks like you’re supporting the CT repeal?”

    Really? I thought the “taking the piss”factor would’ve been fairly obvious…

  36. June 2, 2014 11:59 am

    For a horrible moment there I thought Tony had gone and said this overseas at an actual D-Day event. Phew!

  37. June 2, 2014 12:11 pm

    Hello Christine, and welcome!

  38. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:35 pm

    All the forecasts point to a strong result for first-quarter GDP growth when the national accounts are released on Wednesday, but while the Aussie dinghy is sitting in calm waters and warm sunshine at the moment, there are storm clouds up ahead.

    It looks like March quarter GDP was hit by two beams of sunshine: housing investment lifted domestic demand and a burst of iron ore imports by China lifted net exports. Neither will continue.

    The Abbott government’s decision to attempt two big, controversial social reforms (university fee deregulation and GP co-payments) at the same time as increasing taxes and freezing welfare indexation has produced a sudden collapse in consumer sentiment, and increasingly looks like a shot to the foot.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/6/2/australian-news/abbott-takes-aim-australias-foot?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=777144&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really? I thought the “taking the piss”factor would’ve been fairly obvious…

    It usually is to US … but even here some some need a sarc alert … as I said – just sayin’ …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Otherwise why would you complain about what the GFC did to your savings if you predicted it.

    I never have … but I have complained about the fact that many SFR DID lose a lot of capital – because of poor advise from the “financial experts” … luckily (or well managed) for me I withdrew my capital into cash a few days before the crash – you know, the one that JMc and I had been predicting! In fact, The Minister, was ouyt shopping when I rang her to tell her we needed to act – now- and we did …

    I don’t rewrite history … like some …

    As for this I recall we are still awaiting “”the great downturn”and crash of Australian property prices plus 25% unemployment. As usual “your recollection” is just that – yours …

    JMc and I both used the Great Depression as the “model” for what was to come … in 1930 the USA withdrew stimulus … a lesson learned here … and explains the stimulus packages that in hindsight may have been a little too much but actually worked – well … unlike the present government that is slowly eroding away the natural stimulus of the economy with a dodgy budget and rhetoric to match …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    For a horrible moment there I thought Tony had gone and said this overseas at an actual D-Day event. Phew!

    Sorry to disappoint you, CR, but in the digital age you don’t have to “go overseas” … the gaffe will be in the global tabloids tomorrow (unless Rupert gets his scissors out of course) …

    Welcome, BTW …

  39. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:44 pm

    9 mths in and we’re already talking leadership spill #returnbull 🙂

    Paul Keating thinking like me

  40. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:53 pm

    #libspill #returnbull

    https://twitter.com/awelder/status/473284253975711744

    [michelle grattan]
    http://theconversation.com/turnbull-brings-out-all-guns-against-andrew-bolt-27440

  41. Walrus permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:53 pm

    “……….I withdrew my capital into cash a few days before the crash – you know, the one that JMc and I had been predicting!……”

    “…….. I withdrew my capital into cash a few days before the crash – you know, the one that JMc and I had been predicting which never came!……..”

    Fixed it for ya

    Yeah that fall of 25% in property prices and 20% unemployment…………still waiting for that one.

    Still following Professor Steven Keen ?

  42. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:59 pm

    Victorian MP Peter Crisp’s gun charges another blow:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/victorian-mp-peter-crisps-gun-charges-another-blow/story-e6frg6n6-1226939284997#

  43. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

  44. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2014 1:52 pm

    In other news:

    now I’m off to work, enjoy your day 🙂

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 2:57 pm

    “…….. I withdrew my capital into cash a few days before the crash – you know, the one that JMc and I had been predicting which never came!……..”

    Fixed it for ya

    Djawhat! Where do you live?

    Did you miss all this?

    https://www.google.com.au/#newwindow=1&q=2008+economic+crisis

    Straight over your penthouse head I suppose.

    Yeah that fall of 25% in property prices and 20% unemployment…………still waiting for that one.

    if money was withdrawn by the government (as in 1930) and nothing was done to stimulate economy …

    You really are a Wally, Wally … just who do you give financial advise to again? … the Federal Liberal Party?

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/price-drops-could-signal-the-housing-market-is-cooling/story-fncq3era-1226939902266

  46. Walrus permalink
    June 2, 2014 3:42 pm

    “……..if money was withdrawn by the government (as in 1930) and nothing was done to stimulate economy … ”

    So you said that didya……………….as I recall you sayin” we were all doomed no matter what and me plus others were sayin’ it was not going to be as bad as you prophesised.

    Like I said……………………nice rewrite of history

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 3:45 pm

    Evidence Wally … nice look over there BTW …

  48. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 4:24 pm

    And from the Queensland Primary School … we have Sir Noddy and The Nitwits using the same music as the Federal Private School Bullies in Canberra …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/newman-government-to-ask-queenslanders-to-swap-old-assets-for-new-infrastructure/story-fnii5v6w-1226939076990

    Here we go round the mulberry bush, mulberry bush, mulberry bush …

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 4:31 pm

    TREASURER Tim Nicholls has ruled out service cuts and tax hikes in tomorrow’s Budget – but it means Queenslanders look set to vote on asset sales.

    Pollies with short mem’ries … Anna bLie was booted for ……………………. selling off state assets …

    … the results of the State Government loaded questionnaire will be rolled out soon … I went through it four times … all roads led to asset sales … LOL!

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 5:01 pm

    The Budget that just keeps on giving taking …

    Australian dwelling values have recorded their first month-on-month fall since May 2013, dropping 1.9 per cent in May, according to RP Data-Rismark figures.

    CommSec chief economist Craig James said the result was the biggest fall in more than five years.

    “Home prices couldn’t lift forever — at some point there had to be a correction and it seems the federal budget caused people to pause and take stock,” Mr James said.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/6/2/property/house-prices-fall-most-five-years-rp-data?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=777375&utm_campaign=pm&modapt=

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 5:38 pm

    And this is what they actually think of our Australian veteran service personnel …

    The Coalition campaigned to improve the indexation of the veteran pension before the election, but revealed it planned to cut pensions after 2017.

    “In three years I’m going to want more health care and more benefits. There’s going to be inflation and I’m not protected with it,” Mr Myatt said.

    “Slowly but surely I’m going to get poorer.”

    http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/war-veteran-dreads-impact-of-looming-pension-cuts/story-fnk0b1zt-1226926068844

    HYPOCRITES ALL!

  52. June 2, 2014 5:51 pm

    Abbott obviously saw/sees some merit in milking the jingo-cow.

    I 2nd this…”patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”…

  53. June 2, 2014 5:59 pm

    They’ll call your link @ 5:43 an ‘attack by the leftist hate meeja’, TB…they do that a lot in Nunuland.

    Wonder how evil the nutjobs think their Kenyan Muslim POTUS is now that he’s posturing towards carbon abatement?…as well as trying to disarm them, bringing in communist doctrine, barracking for the gayz etc, etc…
    It’s enough to give a loyal nutjob an embolism.

  54. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2014 6:31 pm

    They’ll call your link @ 5:43 an ‘attack by the leftist hate meeja’, TB

    Facts is facts, Toillette … another nation – a major ally giggling at my country does not make me happy … whoever is lying“trying” to run it …

    It’s enough to give a loyal nutjob an embolism.

    But would it be enough?

  55. June 2, 2014 6:49 pm

    It may well be, TB.

    Those nutters do get awful hed up bout such things.

  56. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2014 7:40 pm

    another nation – a major ally giggling at my country does not make me happy

    Sorry TB, read this after I’d posted it on the other thread. I went to your link., but it timed out, but it is here as well. Not even budgies left after that kind of emasculation.

    I’ll also note, haven’t seen even a passing reference to the D-Day winkery on any evening news show yet

  57. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 9:05 am

    The Federal Budget is being blamed for a drop in house prices and in new home starts as spooked consumers hold back from spending.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24081664/house-price-falls-blamed-on-budget/

    The open for business lights are on, but nobody’s home.

    Imagine what it would be like if there was an opposition given prominence in every daily paper trash talking the economy as well?

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2014 10:14 am

    Imagine what it would be like if there was an opposition given prominence in every daily paper trash talking the economy as well?

    The thought has crossed my mind more than once just lately … however, TR, we don’t even see any senior opposition members on Lateline or 7:30 …

    I don’t (can’t afford as a pensioner*) pay TV – Foxtel/Sky … so they may all be playing over there?

    * 😉

  59. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 10:25 am

    so they may all be playing over there?

    Largely being ignored at the moment. They ARE out there, but it is hard to break through the brick wall of media abstinence.

    I’m not sure what they CAN do about it, but, at the same time, letting the libs tear themselves apart without any outside influence appears to be working OK.

    I would like to see them defending their record more rather than just bagging the budget but, when you get limited exposure, the KISS principle is probably the best.

    Not sure if this is going to be the answer they need?

    http://www.alp.org.au/position_wanted_senior_editor_labor_herald

  60. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 11:04 am

    Anyone who doubts that the Medical Research Future Fund is a fig leaf or an afterthought, needs to only look at the pattern of leaks and speeches leading up to the budget. Ministers spoke often about the need to restrain the cost of Medicare, scarcely at all about the need to boost medical research.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/when-deep-cuts-are-not-healthy-20140602-zrukf.html#ixzz33X9iQiUj

  61. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 11:07 am

    Just sharin’ 😉

  62. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 11:35 am

  63. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2014 12:50 pm

    They’ve never been much for policy detail ROFL

    As of midnight May 31, the Clean Energy Act 2011 passed by the Gillard government sets a default target that is more than triple the previous 5 per cent goal.
    Under the existing legislation, the government of the day was supposed to have decided on an emissions cap to enable the start of a carbon emissions market in 2015. Since no cap has been set, a default target is automatically generated.

    ………

    Greens leader Christine Milne said the measure was inserted in the act to insure against ”a government like this refusing to set a cap”.
    ”It won’t have realised because it never put its mind to the detail,” Senator Milne said. ”By doing nothing more than we are already doing, we are getting to 18.8 [per cent] and if we put a bit of effort in, we can go even higher.”
    A spokesman for Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, declined to confirm the government had overlooked the default

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australias-emissions-cut-target-triples-overnight-thanks-to-failure-to-repeal-carbon-tax-20140602-39esv.html#ixzz33XaDE3gf

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