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A Short History of Tony Abbott’s Short Career

January 29, 2015

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He’s been a journalist for The Australian, an amateur boxer and a failed priest, but arguably Australia’s most aggressive politician will go down in the history books as one of the country’s most effective Opposition Leaders and most detested Prime Ministers.

From the moment he took office his popularity has been on a downward spiral.  Almost immediately he set about reneging on iron-clad commitments he made just days before the election, with an ideological iron fist that would unleash spending cuts to health, education and public broadcasting.

The Federal Budget was a disaster, and alienated even the staunchest of Liberal supporters who joined a majority of Australians left reeling at its savage attacks on those who could least afford it.

Consistent polling shows Labor with a growing election winning lead and Tony Abbott’s “popularity” at gutter level since he became PM.

In fact the most recent ReachTel poll carried out after the courageous decision to bestow the Duke of Edinburgh with a Knighthood, has his popularity in unprecedented negative territory in ReachTel’s polling history.

Traditional supporters Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt have abandoned Abbott as has Rupert Murdoch.

It wasn’t that long ago that left-wing supporters were mocked for suggesting that billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch had a gratuitous and unwieldy influence in Australia’s political affairs, yet today this is no longer challenged.

The simple fact that the media, and we the Australian people, just accept this as the way things are is extraordinary.

Not even Murdoch is interested in saving his former poster boy anymore which signals the final death knell in Abbott’s brief tenure in the highest office in the land.

Nothing can save Abbott now and he will no doubt be remembered as Australia’s most despised and universally loathed Prime Ministers, a legacy he so richly deserves.

 

 

 

 

 

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78 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    January 29, 2015 12:06 pm

    God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Prime Minister!

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    January 29, 2015 12:08 pm

    Tony Abbott’s “popularity” at gutter level since he became PM.

    Having lived in the gutter for some time now, sreb, I rather resent that … The Abbott is way below the level of the Trashers, surely? 😉

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 29, 2015 12:29 pm

    He’s wearing a hearing aid in that photo. Does he usually wear one or is this just an indication that he’s deaf to common sense?

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    January 29, 2015 12:36 pm

    Latest polls indicate Noddy Newman will lose his seat …

    Kate Jones 56%

    Noddy 44%

    From Channel 9

    This was from ABC three hours ago … slightly lower … but not good for Noddy …

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-28/queensland-election-2015-poll-cast-doubts-over-future-ashgrove/6052972

    Let the Games begin …

  5. January 29, 2015 7:22 pm

    The shorter his ‘career’ the better.

    Although, the thought of witnessing his ballot box humiliation is appetising indeed.

  6. January 30, 2015 12:11 am

    You forgot the cement factory and John Hewsons secretary helping him lose the un- losable election. 😉

  7. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:25 am

    The ‘adults’ doing business the traditional way.

    Laugh and the world laughs with you — Abbott’s overseas knightmare
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/01/29/laugh-and-the-world-laughs-with-you-abbotts-overseas-knightmare/

    …Another Irish newspaper, The Times, was amused by Abbott’s approvals:

    “The only person Prime Minister Tony Abbott consulted before awarding an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip was former defence force chief Angus Houston — who was also knighted. And the only person Mr Abbott consulted about knighting Mr Houston was Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who was knighted last year.”…

  8. January 30, 2015 3:00 am

    ”””He’s been a journalist for The Australian”””

    #Comedy from a multitude of angles in just 7-words!

  9. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 7:02 am

    #Comedy from a multitude of angles in just 7-words!

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    🙂 Nice one joblistau

    And from your link AO, it looks like first dog was wrong, the carttonists have a long way to go yet with yabot. Long may it rain.

  10. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 7:12 am

    It wasn’t that long ago that left-wing supporters were mocked for suggesting that billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch had a gratuitous and unwieldy influence in Australia’s political affairs, yet today this is no longer challenged.

    The simple fact that the media, and we the Australian people, just accept this as the way things are is extraordinary.

    Didn’t we all laugh 🙂

    Oh, that was youse laughing at me 😦 😆

    Even the meeja is finally accepting it as fact now, even after grog threw it straight in their faces and they still refused to believe. It has become so blatant and obvious that it’s almost as if they have to report before everyone catches on to their ignorance. Better late than never? Not in my book. But, make the most of what we have I guess.

    Tony Abbott dumped his senior communications adviser and ­overhauled his media team over Christmas after being lobbied directly over dinner by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

    http://www.afr.com/p/national/prime_minister_tony_abbott_takes_G7CPvhBPQ5KhRd1R9LgpNN

    If I was credlin, I’d be nervous.

  11. January 30, 2015 7:24 am

    “”Oh, that was youse laughing at me “”

    🙂

  12. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 7:52 am

    nuffens changed I see reb 😉

    Interesting points on yabots inability (perhaps) to “ditch the Cred” as his boss has ordered

    I’ve had my say about Peta Credlin and so have others, but three things have to be said about getting rid of her. First, as Bernard Keane pointed out, Abbott can’t get rid of her without looking (even more) like Murdoch’s puppet.

    Second, getting rid of her will be more important to this government than reshuffling its ministers. Very few of them will be able to develop, implement and defend their own policies in the absence of Credlin, let alone do so in any coherent way.

    Third, Abbott’s defence against misogyny accusations rest pretty much entirely on his relationship with her. ………

    http://andrewelder.blogspot.com.au/

    There’s much more there. that I haven’t got around to yet. Worth the read imo

  13. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 8:32 am

    turnbull (he of the utemails) seems to be fronting as a fav lately.

    I’ve still got my bets on the asbestos bishop and, let’s face it, when have I been wrong before 😉

  14. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:04 am

    Meanwhile, this is happening already BEFORE workchoices MkIII comes in

    The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has forced the federal government to investigate claims foreign workers at an ethanol plant on the NSW South Coast have been working up to seven days a week for as little as $4 an hour, while living in “cramped and degrading conditions”.

    https://newmatilda.com/2015/01/30/national-disgrace-cfmeu-forces-govt-investigate-4-hour-foreign-workers

  15. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:18 am

    I am saddened by all this disrespect shown to our Prime Minister. The fact that this incompetent hypocritical swivel-eyed loon is completely detached from reality and disgracing his office is no reason to pile on. It is not as if there is a better alternative in the government ranks. Poor fella my country.

  16. January 30, 2015 9:25 am

    ‘foreign workers at an ethanol plant on the NSW South Coast have been working up to seven days a week for as little as $4 an hour, while living in “cramped and degrading conditions”.’

    Does anyone, even Tom R, really believe the unions give a stuff about foreign workers? They’re not union members, and they’re taking jobs that could be done by dues-paying Ozzies. Oi!

  17. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:27 am

    Does anyone, even Tom R, really believe the unions give a stuff about foreign workers?

    No. What I think they see and recognise is Australian conditions being undermined by cheap imports.

    It is not as if there is a better alternative in the government ranks.

    Well, on that, I disagree 😉

  18. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:34 am

    So you want the cat-strangler to take over?

  19. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:49 am

    Perhaps we would be better off under Islamic State. They have clear goals and they execute well.

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 10:00 am

    How ironic …

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/vegemite-pulled-from-sainsburys-as-debate-over-australian-visa-restrictions-in-britain-continues/story-fneuz8zj-1227201469126

    Meanwhile, in the UK Australians everyday were being shown the exit but maybe a knighthood awaits them back home, a reward perhaps for their perseverance with a mother country that treats them like unwanted convicts.

    Vive la Republique!

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 10:03 am

    Very few of them will be able to develop, implement and defend their own policies in the absence of Credlin, let alone do so in any coherent way.

    Ya mean like they do now??????

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 10:06 am

    I am saddened by all this disrespect shown to our Premiere. The fact that this incompetent hypocritical bug-eyed loon is completely detached from reality and disgracing his office is no reason to pile it on. It is not as if there is a better alternative in the government ranks. Poor fella my state.

    with compliments to – sb

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 10:11 am

    Perhaps we would be better off under Islamic State. They have clear goals and they execute well.

    Shit!

    That almost sounds like the STRONG team in charge in QLd with STRONG goals, STRONG plans, STRONG people, STRONG leadership, STRONG political adverts paid for by taxpayers and a decidedly STRONG smell of cronyism, a very STRONG smell of nepotism, topped off with a STRONG hint of corrupting the legal system …

  24. January 30, 2015 10:25 am

    Todays working example of Tea-tardation is brought to you by Tinfoil`osy and the number 4. Oi!

    #When it comes to stories with multiple disgraces within it, you can always detect the teabag, by what the teabag focuses on.

    the-post””””’foreign workers at an ethanol plant on the NSW South Coast have been working up to seven days a week for as little as $4 an hour, while living in ”cramped and degrading conditions”.””””’

    Tinfoil`osy”””””Does anyone, even Tom R, really believe the unions give a stuff about foreign workers? They’re not union members, and they’re taking jobs that could be done by dues-paying Ozzies. Oi!”””””

    #Maybe Tinfoil`osy is correct, but to me it looks like Tinfoil`osy can only focus on anti-onion small potatoes. Let`s just ignore the `slavery` aspect of the story and whine about onions!

    ”””they’re taking jobs that could be done by dues-paying Ozzies”””

    How about #they’re taking jobs that could be done by TAX-paying Ozzies

    Or #they’re taking jobs that could be done by UNEMPLOYED Ozzies

  25. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 11:08 am

    I’ve had my say about Peta Credlin and so have others, but three things have to be said about getting rid of her.

    Brings me back to a discussion we had a few years ago about political staffers. I still believe that they should not be allowed to operate without parliamentary oversight and scrutiny. This is a big black hole in the system. Ministers should not be able to hide behind a staffer, who is paid by the taxpayer, but has immunity from accountability to taxpayers.

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 11:24 am

    Its always been so tho’, KL … the whole system needs a bloody good steam clean!

  27. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 11:25 am

    I am saddened by all this disrespect shown to our Prime Minister. The fact that this incompetent hypocritical swivel-eyed loon is completely detached from reality and disgracing his office is no reason to pile on…

    😆

    I also read another perspective on it, can’t remember if it was a readers comment or an article.
    The person said abbott’s priority to training and sports participation may have something to do with his lazy thinking and leaving too much to credlin to manage. Perhaps he should concentrate on the job more. The commenter cited the SA premier ?bannon who spent more time on training for triathlons and marathon running events than doing his job and working on his election campaign.

    Do you think that scenario is possible?

  28. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 11:49 am

    I’m pretty sure the he has a specially modified saddle on his bike in the shape of a self-lubricating dildo.

  29. January 30, 2015 12:05 pm

    “”Perhaps he should concentrate on the job more””

    I think the fact of the matter is that he was never up to the job, and never will be…

    They say that people are promoted until the reach their level of incompetence. Abbott’s in a position that’s way beyond his.

  30. January 30, 2015 12:05 pm

    sb – you say that like it’s a bad thing…. 😉

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:20 pm

    I think the fact of the matter is that he was never up to the job, and never will be…

    That’s my belief too reb. I think abbott got where he is today by a lifetime of sucking up to influential male ‘mentors’, he has been a grovelling syophant, chasing power and influence from the start.

    They say that people are promoted until the reach their level of incompetence.

    the peter principle or the dunning-kruger effect?

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure the he has a specially modified saddle on his bike in the shape of a self-lubricating dildo.

    My imagination just ran wild, no wonder he walks like he does!

  33. January 30, 2015 12:35 pm

    So it’s official then…

    Liberal MPs have reportedly given Tony Abbott six months to improve his electoral fortunes or he risks losing his job. – See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/01/30/mps-give-abbott-six-months-to-improve.html#sthash.HKpFaMh3.dpuf

    I reckon six months is a bit of a stretch.

    Abbott is going to be speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, if he fucks that up, he’ll be gone by Friday.

    Especially with the LNP expected to take a tanking this weekend.

    I wonder who he’ll get to write his speech for the NPC, Malcolm maybe…? 🙂

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:39 pm

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  36. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:40 pm

  37. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:50 pm

    LAURA TINGLE – no paywall

    …Rupert Murdoch has spent a lifetime – and billions of dollars – in a restless search to own media platforms which have, among other things, given him a soapbox from which to bless us with his opinions and to cajole and bully politicians.

    How ironic, then, that in his twilight he seems to find the most immediately gratifying path is the utterly free platform of Twitter…

    http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/bad_week_ends_with_no_love_lost_363ABhdoDOICYVHQgFvXmM

  38. January 30, 2015 12:57 pm

    ”””’he was never up to the job, and never will be”””’

    ”””’promoted until the reach their level of incompetence.”’

    #and it was blatantly obvious to people outside teabag-media with a quarter-bushel of common sense and bothered to look. #mr-rabbit

  39. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:57 pm

  40. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 12:59 pm

  41. January 30, 2015 1:17 pm

    Ha ha. Rupert on twitter.

    Blib cops it too 🙂

    ”””””Bill Shorten is as empty a piece of paper to voters as the leadership alternatives within the government that the Coalition is prepared to contemplate. The only thing going for him perhaps is that Rupert Murdoch hasn’t yet started offering him gratuitous advice.””#Laura-Tingle

    #shh blib

  42. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 1:19 pm

    This line from the link in the tweet sums it up perfectly AO

    Judge Riethmuller said Anderson’s eventual admission of underpayment was more an acceptance of liability rather than accepting the inappropriate conduct.

    Never trust your employer to do the right thing. Most (in my experience) just do the right thing (many probably through fear). But you will always have that small(?) percentage willing to rip people off to feather their own nests.

  43. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 1:27 pm

    “you say that like it’s a bad thing”

    On the contrary it is a good explanation of his apparent distraction from affairs of state. I was tingling all over as I typed it. 🙂

  44. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 1:30 pm

    ill Shorten is as empty a piece of paper to voters

    Wow, when did anyone (in their msm) mention that about the current dickhead they helped elect?

    Of course, if they wanted to know where he stands, they could ask him?

    Or listen to things like his Speeches

    Again, they will ignore Labor in preference for the ‘colour and movement’, and then complain that they ‘can’t get their message out’

    Muppets!

  45. January 30, 2015 1:34 pm

    This is hilarious! Just when you thought he couldn’t get more unhinged – Abbott is now “self-praising” his own abilities and says the popularity of Julie Bishop and Turnbull are because of his own talents…

    “”Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to lead his party to the next election, saying the success of his best ministers owes much to the team’s “captain”.

    Mr Abbott was responding to reports senior government MPs have given him until the second half of 2015 to improve his performance or risk losing his job.

    Asked whether he would lead the coalition to the 2016 election, Mr Abbott said: “Absolutely.”

    Quizzed further about the higher popularity ratings of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Abbott said he was thrilled to have such strong colleagues.

    “One of the reasons why so many members of the team are able to perform so well is because they have got a very good captain,” said Mr Abbott.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/01/30/ill-absolutely-keep-leading-abbott

  46. January 30, 2015 1:44 pm

  47. January 30, 2015 1:57 pm

  48. January 30, 2015 2:13 pm

    Yeah, l just saw mr-rabbit reporting what a `good-captain` he on telly too, l particularly enjoy that he says everything twice, like he is speaking to a room full of retards, then l remember he is `actually` addressing teabag-media and realize he is!

    #What`s wrong with TomR now-a-days.? Not long ago l recall TomR being quite pissed off at blib for dumping support for Joolya last election, and he was firmly on Team-Joolya. Has TomR abandoned joolya.? He no longer loves her.? ls it just me, or is TomR now in love with blib.?

  49. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 2:21 pm

    Annabel Crabb has a point:

    And there is something boyishly rebellious about the way this Prime Minister avoids advice. It’s not that he forgets to seek it, it’s that he actively evades it – especially on occasions where he knows what he’d probably hear.

    “It is better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission,” went Mr Abbott’s famously sheepish half-apology for announcing the paid parental leave policy without asking any of his colleagues about it first. He didn’t ask – not because he didn’t want to know what they thought, but because he already knew. There’s a difference.

    I don’t know about him being “boyishly rebellious”. It is more the arrogant delusion of a psychopath sporting a big shit-eating grin than a “sheepish half-apology”.

  50. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 2:45 pm

    …shorter Abbott: you’re nothing without me, nothing.

    *Music of Delusion for Trombone in C Minor in the background*…

    He’s partly right, look at the gargoyles on the backbench!

  51. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 2:46 pm

    teambag

    I think Bill Shorten made the correct political choice. He has stated he still supports Julia Gillard (especially over rudd), and have heard him say a few bad things about Rudd. His motive was keeping Labor in the game. Looks like it was a wise political move, does it not?

    Basically, he did what a politician is sometimes forced to do. Myself, however, I couldn’t bring myself to have done it. Politicians are politicians. I recall many having a go at Peter garret for “selling out”. However, he achieved far more by allegedly seeling out than all his years of ‘activism’

    Doing the doable I think they refer to it as 😉

  52. January 30, 2015 2:48 pm

    “” I recall many having a go at Peter garret for “selling out”. However, he achieved far more by allegedly seeling out than all his years of ‘activism’

    Pink Batts.

  53. January 30, 2015 2:53 pm

    I think the Very Good Captain only listens to the likes of Neil.

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 2:55 pm

    I’m sure Garrett would prefer to be remembered as a passable singer than, as is now likely the case, a Celebrity Arsonist.

  55. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 2:56 pm

    He’s partly right, look at the gargoyles on the backbench!

    🙂

    I don’t think anyone but yabot would have got away with what he did by our churnalists. Anybody else with the “shit happens” or half minute of head wobbling at a walking microphone would have been toast, yet he not only got away with it, but descended further with every meltdown.

    Why? Fark knows.

    As a fierce opposition leader, Tony Abbott offered a template for gut-driven rage. That’s when all his problems really began.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/the-pms-woes-started-earlier-than-you-think-20150129-130mcx.html

  56. January 30, 2015 2:58 pm

  57. January 30, 2015 2:58 pm

    “”a Celebrity Arsonist.””

    GOLD! 🙂

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 4:04 pm

    From KL’s Laura Tingle link …

    Bill Shorten is as empty a piece of paper to voters as the leadership alternatives within the government that the Coalition is prepared to contemplate. The only thing going for him perhaps is that Rupert Murdoch hasn’t yet started offering him gratuitous advice.

    Says it all really …

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

    I was tingling all over as I typed it. 🙂

    Laura?

    Or The Abbotts bike?

    ALL over … so sensitive, sb … Vaseline may help …

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

    It is more the arrogant delusion of a psychopath sporting a big shit-eating grin

    That popped an idea across my brow, sb! Abbott has big ears like … prince Charles … don’t tell me!

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

    “” I recall many having a go at Peter garret for “selling out”. However, he achieved far more by allegedly seeling out than all his years of ‘activism’

    Pink Batts.

    Ahhhh … that must be ceiling … or sealing …

  59. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 4:26 pm

    that must be ceiling … or sealing …

    Either way, it’s over their heads 😉

  60. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 4:27 pm

    I think the Very Good Captain only listens to the likes of Neil.

    “I went bang – I said shut up,
    I went bang – I said rap up. ”

    WOT!

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 4:36 pm

  62. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 30, 2015 5:09 pm

  63. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 30, 2015 5:29 pm

    Apparently a lot of people have that sort of idea, including the Coen brothers:

  64. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2015 6:31 pm

    Lord Iffy Boatrace had his Pelvetron sb

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2015 6:47 pm

    Yer a worry, sb … you noticed, sreb, has stopped commenting … ?

    What have you done!

  66. January 30, 2015 9:10 pm

    6 months ya recon?

  67. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 31, 2015 12:20 am

    Kathy Jackson due in Federal Court next week, is this gonna be her next excuse to not show up?

    She’s sharing an office with someone?

  68. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 8:33 am

    An update on Union bully boys from a previous thread.

    UPDATED, Friday, 30 January: At about 4.30pm today, the workers emerged from the lunch room, ending their four-day occupation after the Asian regional management of International Flavors &Fragrances agreed to re-enter talks to be overseen by the Fair Work Commission. This followed significant community pressure and support for the workers. However, for the time being, the lock-out by the company remains in place.

    http://workinglife.org.au/2015/01/29/workers-occupy-factory-in-pursuit-of-fair-deal/

  69. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 8:35 am

    And IA expose greg hunts lies (what is it with those on wrong side of science?) and in the process, reveal just how effective the Carbon Price was

    Australia’s minister for coal mining is reaching hitherto undreamt of heights in the fields of exaggeration, evasion and outright mendacity

    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/greg-hunt-triple-set-of-carbon-tax-lies,7317

  70. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 9:26 am

    I wonder if the grubmint will wait for one more budget in order to push through even more sadistic policies, and then abandon yabot, and blame all that before it as “the yabot grubmints” policies. And will the masses believe them?

    Running a country is nothing like running a business. ………………

    In the business world, knowingly lying to your investors or your customers is illegal. …………….

    Of course, the corporate sector keeps secrets from their competitors and their customers, but keeping secrets is not the same thing as lying about your objectives. ………………….

    The Abbott government’s failings cannot simply be accredited to “keeping secrets” from the electorate, and they run deeper than governance and transparency. Indeed, its approach to growth and investment is inconsistent with both economic theory and standard corporate practice.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/its-time-the-government-stopped-trying-to-run-the-country-like-a-private-company-20150130-131t1o.html

  71. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 9:30 am

    A light is finally being shone into the dark places of our meeja

  72. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 9:32 am

    And a bit of ‘negativity’

  73. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2015 9:38 am

    26 and mostly sunny in dreary ol’ Adelaide today. Time to go out and try and make the most of our miserable little Summer (or what is left)

    Play nice kiddies 🙂

    And just remember, we might disagree, but.”There’s a thin line between love and hate” 😉

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2015 10:42 am

    Beautiful day in Brisbane … especially for an election day …

    Indeed, its approach to growth and investment is inconsistent with both economic theory and standard corporate practice.

    Or the fkn reality around them … I guess that’s what a “core” promise is living in the static centre and not seeing the rest of the world (moving) around them …

  75. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2015 12:59 pm

    Mr Abbott again defended his leadership on Saturday, saying the public had elected him as prime minister and he intended to continue to serve the Australian people.

    1. The public does not vote for the PM … its a Liberal Party vote … does this prick have any understanding of Australian politics?

    2. The Abbott has demonstrated consistently that he does not “serve the Australian people” … just a few Robber Barons including the catlik church and one powerful, dementia ridden Septic Tank Media Baron!

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abbott-to-drop-paid-parental-leave-scheme/story-e6frfku9-1227203069210

  76. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2015 1:41 pm

    I posted my comment re PPL on the wrong thread.

    https://theguttertrash.com/2015/01/23/rostrum-i-want-to-believe-edition/#comment-93555

    The public does not vote for the PM … its a Liberal Party vote … does this prick have any understanding of Australian politics?

    They encourage the public to think they choose the PM [to think they ‘choose’ any MP] and let’s face it, most do, look at the reaction after rudd’s dumping.

    The Abbott has demonstrated consistently that he does not “serve the Australian people” … just a few Robber Barons including the catlik church and one powerful, dementia ridden Septic Tank Media Baron!…

    yes, the libs are full of anti union rhetoric and try to knee cap them at every opportunity [every time they are in govt] but little is ever said about their subservience to big business even when big business is writing and designing government policy! The IPA is all over the place, TV, newpapers and direct lobbying, yet nothing is mentioned about that influence over public debate.

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2015 6:08 pm

    Now this would be interesting … we might even get to the real culprits in Ashbygate … Brough urged to challenge The Mad Abbott …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/turnbull-ducks-abbott-leadership-challenge-talk/story-fncynjr2-1227203085341

    As if Brough doesn’t have any fkn baggage … the LNP are turning out worse than the ALP …

    What a shambles

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