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Tony Abbott reaches New Low with “Holocaust” Taunt

February 12, 2015

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Today in Question Time, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded to new figures that show Australia’s unemployment rate rising to 6.4 per cent – its highest level in 12 years – with an extraordinary characterisation of employment levels under Labor.

Mr Abbott was met with opposition outrage when he described rising unemployment in the defence industry as a “holocaust of jobs”.

The PM was responding to a question about the latest unemployment figures, including 7.3 per cent in the South Australia where defence industry jobs have traditionally been strong.

“Under members opposite, defence jobs in this country declined by 10 per cent,” Mr Abbott told parliament on Thursday.

“There was a holocaust of jobs in defence industries.”

The holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.”

The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

During the era of the holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals.

Mr Abbott subsequently apologised and withdrew the comment. He replaced the word “holocaust” with “decimation”.

 

 

 

 

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48 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:02 pm

    This should result in another spill. The man’s a dill, a drongo, gauche, insensitive, a complete f**kwit.

    I didn’t think I could be as embarrassed as I was when Gillard was handballing to Obama.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:05 pm

    Remember all the times I’ve said that thieves and liars and cheats always name-call honest people what the they themselves are …

    Astounding …

    Still … it can only go one way now … it may take a little longer than expected but the LNP will become very frightened in the end … but by that time, it will be too late for them …

    … those who now support, The Mad Abbott … in defiance of the electorate BTW, not the party room …have proven by their actions to be selfish, cowards and weaklings …

    … in 2016 the ballot boxes will need fire extinguishers alongside them lest the people’s anger ignite the votes …

    If the LNP continue this way they will be decimated … and that is not good for Australia …

    … the Westminster System is a shit of a process but you do need a strong opposition to have some possibility of it grinding out a modicum of progress for the nation …

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:06 pm

    ToM, then there’s the question … who to lead? Anywhere?

    I can’t believe the low calibre of Australia’s politicians …

  4. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:07 pm

    Just a “rhetorical flourish” from the prime dick head.

  5. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:14 pm

  6. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:15 pm

  7. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:17 pm

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:22 pm

  9. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 5:25 pm

  10. February 12, 2015 6:15 pm

  11. February 12, 2015 6:16 pm

    “”who to lead? Anywhere?””

    Arise Sir Talcum!

  12. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:29 pm

    “…PVO’s tweet earlier that he’ll now only conduct interviews/(pressers?) via video from his office?…”

    Why even bother to indulge him? The press should not turn up for his staged pressers where no questions will be taken.
    Abbott attempting to completely control the media and any possible stuff up by himself!

  13. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:33 pm

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:36 pm

  15. Tom R permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:47 pm

    I posted this on the other thread, but fits here
    ..
    Wow reb, I thought yabot lying about the subs, then lying about the budget, then the Holocaust, would be the worst things he did today, but that one about the tewwa “suspects” just boggles.

    “I know that it’s a long way down the track, but someone in a responsible position needs to be able to consider the fact that they should watch what they say, especially when, for a blatant political purpose, they are disclosing information that ought not at this stage be disclosed.”

    Maybe I shouldn’t have been cheering for him to stay on as leader 😦

    I watched the bit from the news where he made the Holocaust barb, and the two women behind him were just horrified. I wonder where their vote had gone?

    Of course, the dimwit reporter just passed it off as a yabot “slip of the tongue’ ffs, these people are fucking deranged.

    The quote above was in reply to reb from here, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-12/pm-says-men-planned-to-stab-necks/6087256

    So we had

    * Lies about promising the subs to Adelaide
    * Lies about the $30 billion in PEFO
    * Uses the Holocaust as a political attack
    * Exposes AFP information on an upcoming court case for political purposes.

    Not a bad day at the orifice there tones 😉

    You unbelievable dickhead

  16. Tom R permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:48 pm

    That is horrifying if it turns out to be true AO 😦

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a subscription to Crikey. It ends here

    However, legislation establishing the government’s data retention regime may still face a difficult path through the Senate, with Labor understood to…….

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 8:02 pm

    Pretty sure the greens won’t back it tomr.
    Do you think independents will?

  18. February 12, 2015 8:03 pm

  19. Tom R permalink
    February 12, 2015 8:08 pm

    Do you think independents will?

    I’ll just roll the bones and check for you AO 😉

    I mean, I didn’t think Labor would 😦

  20. February 12, 2015 8:09 pm

    tb””””I can’t believe the low calibre of Australia’s politicians””””’

    #l can, its replicating what passes as corporate management, to which politicians have abdicated their role to. Notice how often corporates are producing `bills` or `public-private` contracts, and how `privatization` of public utilities are such a priority. Economy above citizens etc.

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    February 12, 2015 8:39 pm

    Nice of @Wyatt_MP to photobomb that shot. And there’s another stupidity in the Westminster system in the 21st Century 18 yo politicians FFS!

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 11:49 pm

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 12, 2015 11:54 pm

  24. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 12:01 am

  25. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 12:16 am

    The truth about ‘bludgers’: welfare dependency in Australia is falling:
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2015/feb/12/the-truth-about-bludgers-welfare-dependency-in-australia-is-falling

  26. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 7:51 am

    Wow, kenny is calling them “embattled”

    An embattled Abbott government has risked damage to long-running political bipartisanship on national security by accusing the former Labor government of having allowed terrorists to enter the country.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-government-resorting-to-grubby-accusations-over-terror-suspects-labor-20150212-13d2hm.html

    “long-running political bipartisanship on national security” ROFL, I guess he means by Labor trying to plunge as low as the libs, and the libs stopping every effort by Labor to try and move back away from those depths. That’s “bipartisan” ❓ 😯

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    February 13, 2015 8:58 am

    “If someone is unpopular and people won’t listen to them, why would you have them trying to sell your message?” one federal Coalition MP asked.

    LOL! And that’s just a state election …

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland-state-election-2015/ousted-lnp-mps-angry-at-strong-plan-that-was-too-soft-during-queensland-state-election-campaign/story-fnr8vuu5-1227217816597

  28. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 9:20 am

    Saw this at the loonpond. It explains a lot.

    I particularly liked this reply

    “Do you have a newsletter or pamphlet where these ‘facts’ are available?”

  29. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 9:47 am

    I hope the subs haunts yabot all the way out of orifice.

  30. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 9:57 am

    And again, from the pond

    By the pond’s count, yesterday Tony Abbott made a gaffe about the holocaust, and broke all standards in relation to leading evidence on a matter before the courts, in a manner only possible for someone beavering away in coward’s castle, which is to say parliament, and therefor exempt from any question of contempt of court.

    ………….

    Only a klutz like Abbott would use a trial to make cheap political points, as part of the ongoing campaign to whip up paranoia and incidentally get the Labor sheep to go along with metadata legislation, and thereby move Australia that much closer to an Orwellian state, entirely at one with a vision of a colonial monarchical outpost.

    http://loonpond.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/the-madness-of-king-abbott-never-mind.html?showComment=1423781621667#c927524646619069950

    He really is a loose canon, and makes you wonder about those MP’s who voted to keep him. I’m aghast at the stupidity (there is no other word for it) of the SA guy who “took him at his word”

    Whatever would encourage him to still be doing that?

  31. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 11:41 am

    lolz. Industry groups are asking the yabot grubmint for “waste” ROFL

    Australia’s economy is in such a fragile condition the Abbott government ought to provide some fiscal stimulus in its May budget, the Australian Industry Group has warned.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/industry-group-calls-for-fiscal-stimulus-in-abbott-government-budget-20150212-13d3ch.html

    The last time we needed that, there was a global tsunami. Now, with mere “headwinds”, industry is begging for the grubmint to do something to motivate the economy, since their “policies” are having the opposite effect.

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 6:15 pm

    Well it ended up being poor old ruddock who got the chop. He was supposed to ensure abbott wasn’t embarrassed in the spill.

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 6:28 pm

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 6:30 pm

  35. February 13, 2015 6:38 pm

    hey team-cheerer, you do realize this

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/industry-group-calls-for-fiscal-stimulus-in-abbott-government-budget-20150212-13d3ch.html

    is teabag fodder.

    ””””The harsh reality of the 2015-16 federal budget is that it will be delivered with the economy facing weak business and consumer confidence, sluggish growth, tepid capital expenditure plans and worsening employment growth””””#true

    +

    ””””paper on the level of skills in the workforce has found the lack of critical science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in the current workforce is preventing employers from being more innovative and productive”””’#true #don`t.forget.the.poor.management

    +

    ””””A survey of more than 300_businesses(#TOO-SMALL) found employers are having serious difficulty recruiting employees with STEM skills, including technicians and trade workers (44 per cent), professionals (21 per cent) and managers (19 per cent).””””

    +

    ””””It said available jobs requiring STEM skills has grown about 1.5 times faster than other jobs in recent years.””””????#hard.to.believe

    +

    ””””But despite this, enrolments and the number of graduates with STEM qualifications continue to decline while secondary school enrolments in mathematics and science are also decreasing.””””#schadenfrede

    #imbecile industry groups had `wishes-granted` by both teams that caused each quoted `problem`, and also backed the imbecile that spent 5-years talking-down the economy and screaming budget emergency. Oh-the-irony, as the economy `tanks` under `their` imbecile. #teabags

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    February 13, 2015 6:50 pm

    ””””paper on the level of skills in the workforce has found the lack of critical science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in the current workforce is preventing employers from being more innovative and productive”””’#true #don`t.forget.the.poor.management

    Two different issues, tbgz … but … in a real way connected … with one cause … LEARNING …

    Most small businesses fail because the owners may be skilled, talented or entrepreneurial BUT have little knowledge or skills in – BUSINESS … 70% of start-ups fail in the first 12 months because of this one FACT …

    STEM skills are a major problem because of inadequate teacher training … stemming from our uni system … refer to the Swedish system to see why …

  37. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 13, 2015 6:50 pm

  38. Tom R permalink
    February 13, 2015 7:20 pm

    Looks like the arsehats are showing their concern for the Indigenous AGAIN AO

    Shorten was perfectly right to call them on their bullshit.

  39. February 13, 2015 7:48 pm

    ””””’Two different issues, tbgz … but … in a real way connected … with one cause … LEARNING””””’

    #agree tb, l was coming from a slightly different angle,

    keating brought in the 1% of revenue `training` deduction for business (don`t know if still exists) so that biz wouldn`t be caught with `skills` shortage. The `poor-management` l should have explained, was instead of up-skilling the lower-paid, coal-face workers, the training deduction was used as `team-building` junkets to up-market locations for upper-management and boardroom types. (not saying this as an `absolute`, mind you, just `seen` it in some of the biz l`ve worked for) Many at the same time sacked/casualised the coal-face workers too, so the biz doesn`t a `continuation of understanding` of how the biz works, who their customers are, and what their product line should be.

  40. Tom R permalink
    February 14, 2015 12:40 pm

    I would be hoping that this grows legs. Somebody leaked a lie about what Glenn Stevens said, and the media played along with it to whack Labor.

    Time to redeem yourselves toss-pots.

    Reports suggested the pair warned that if budget cuts, now held up in the Senate, failed to clear parliament, then there was a risk of never achieving a surplus.
    …………
    “It wasn’t my job to talk to them about fiscal matters,” Mr Stevens said.

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-business/stevens-didnt-warn-cabinet-on-budget-20150213-3q33q.html

    We had some toss-pots here crowing about the original article. I did warn them that the language was quite .. ahem.. “tricksy” so things might not appear quite as they seemed.

    Turns out, it wasn’t just “tricksy”. It was just fucken wrong, in a way that again blamed Labor in defense of theirlibs.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/australia-is-at-debts-door-warns-reserve-bank-of-australia-chief-glenn-stevens/story-fnkltfm0-1227208404352

  41. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 14, 2015 1:21 pm

  42. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 17, 2015 3:48 pm

    Is that photo really of Kev and Therese? I can’t see any resemblance!

  43. February 17, 2015 4:04 pm

    What was Denis Napthine thinking with that wedding outfit…!

  44. February 17, 2015 4:04 pm

    “”I can’t see any resemblance!””

    Nor I… It doesn’t look like Kevin at all…

  45. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 17, 2015 4:38 pm

    It’s a very fetching outfit Dennis is wearing.

  46. TB Queensland permalink
    February 17, 2015 7:09 pm

    Hockey still looks like a thug …

    And Albanese looks like he should have police number in front of him …

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