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“Bullying is Hurtful and Wrong” Says Tony Abbott

March 20, 2015

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Without a hint of irony, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released yet another creepy stilted video throwing his support behind a national anti-bullying campaign.

Mr Abbott urged schoolchildren to speak out against cyberbullying, labelling it “hurtful and wrong”.

“I want to speak to the children of Australia, you are our future,” Tony Abbott said in a video message filmed in his office.

“Everyone has a part to play in Australia and everyone belongs.

“The great thing about Australia is that we are all different, we are all unique.

“We are all special, and that is why there is no place for bullying, in the playground or on the internet.

“Bullying is hurtful and it’s wrong.”

The Government said 2014 research showed approximately one in five children experience bullying online, and Mr Abbott said children being bullied should not feel alone.

“If you are being bullied, I want you to know that I am behind you, that your teachers are behind you and your family is behind you as well,” he said.

He has issued the video as part of a national campaign against bullying.

Today, 1,900 schools across Australia are expected to “take a stand together” as part of the 2015 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

“I encourage you to be part of that conversation,” Mr Abbott said in his address.

The release of the video coincides with Mr Abbott using a Nazi slur to castigate Bill Shorten in Parliament House yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

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49 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2015 11:46 am

  2. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:03 pm

    Without a hint of ironing?

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:13 pm

    Hilfknlarious!

    Prawn Minister

    Minister for Bullying

    Minister for Women

    Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

    Minister for Hypocrisy

  4. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:13 pm

    Ah yes reb, the patron saint for bullies

    “I can’t bat ..can’t bowl ..can’t field ..but I can sledge..”

    Remember, this bullying, misogynist, prejudiced idiot is also the Minister for Womens and the self proclaimed ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’

    Lets hope he doesn’t decide to become the Minister for the disabled. They’re already under enough attack from this mob without him piling on.

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:14 pm

    How totally unsurprising that Shorten would be unable/unwilling to press the reforms to give actual ALP members more say in the party.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s push for reform of the ALP has been thwarted in his home state of Victoria.
    Mr Shorten’s promise to slash union sway in parliamentary preselections has been declared “dead in the water” by factional chiefs ahead of the state conference this month.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/shortens-key-alp-reform-dead-in-the-water-20150318-1m237b.html

    It was only a few short years ago that many (who have self-banned now) used to argue that unions were a good/benign influence in the ALP.

    It seems reasonable to observe that unions are bullies who stymie the legitimate participation in the ALP of actual, committed people (to keep it consistent with the theme of this thread)

  6. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:26 pm

    used to argue that unions were a good/benign influence in the ALP.

    I still do. 😉

    I won’t say they are “benign”, but I’d rather have a Union “bully” pulling the strings that some megalomaniac yank doing it. Now there’s a bully.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:32 pm

    I see. So is Shorten right in wanting unions to control 50% of the vote or are the warlords right in wanting to retain 70%?

    Or should it be more (or less)?

  8. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:34 pm

    Bully Boys bullying those who take advantage of the worst off.

    If you call that bullying, then bully for you 🙂

  9. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:37 pm

    Or should it be more (or less)?

    Yes 🙂

    I don’t care either way yomm. I’m happy the way things are. 🙂

  10. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:46 pm

    I wonder how many Union Thugs have punched the wall next to a woman’s head?

  11. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:49 pm

    You can spot a Bully, they need their lackeys to back them up.

  12. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 5:42 pm

    I saw that video and was struck by the hypocrisy and lack of self awareness. The biggest bully in the country telling kids bullying hurts!

    “If you are being bullied, I want you to know that I am behind you, that your teachers are behind you and your family is behind you as well,” he said…

    Rates himself as more important in their lives than their parents or the teachers at school, such a narcissist.

    That stupid face, full of concentration to get his few simple words right and the smarmy insincerity. The hands shaking and gripped like he’s strangling someone right in front of himself.

    Nope.

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 6:03 pm

    Or should it be more (or less)?

    Whatever it is its better than the Libs? 🙂

  14. March 20, 2015 6:44 pm

    “CFMEU uncovers massive exploitation of migrant workers”

    Guffaw.

    Unions don’t give a fuck about foreign workers. In fact, they hate that they are working at a rate lower than local union members are used to being paid. But they can’t say that, can they? So they claim to be “sticking up for exploited foreign workers”. Never mind that the foreign workers are very happy with the deal they’re on: it’s far better than anything they can find back home.

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 7:33 pm

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 7:33 pm

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 8:31 pm

    Guffaw.

    Never mind that the foreign workers are very happy with the deal they’re on: it’s far better than anything they can find back home.

    You really are a narrow minded … airheaded Dickwit® sometimes ToSY …

    You’d be happy that Indonesian artists given a backpack and were brought here to copy Aboriginal art for half the fee I suppose …

    Closest analogy I could think of … that you might understand …

  18. March 20, 2015 8:51 pm

    “Closest analogy I could think of”

    Not even close.

    Analogies are useless. Try addressing what I said.

  19. March 20, 2015 8:54 pm

    (Not surprised you leapt straight to “you are a (insert latest insult)”, either.

    Sooooo self-righteous.

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 9:15 pm

    Never mind that the foreign workers are very happy with the deal they’re on: it’s far better than anything they can find back home.

    This is self righteous!

  21. March 20, 2015 9:15 pm

    “”Try addressing what I said.””

    hahahhahahahahahhahaha…

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 9:17 pm

    Analogies are useless. Try addressing what I said.

    And just what did you say beginning with …

    GUFFAW! Unions don’t give a fuck about foreign workers.

    What union have you been involved with … either side will do?

  23. March 20, 2015 9:24 pm

    “What union have you been involved with … either side will do?”

    Irrelevant.

    Try explaining why local unions would be concerned about foreign workers, apart from how they threaten local union members’ pay and conditions.

  24. March 20, 2015 9:25 pm

    “hahahhahahahahahhahaha…”

    Sideline sniping, exemplified.

  25. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 11:28 pm

    …Try explaining why local unions would be concerned about foreign workers, apart from how they threaten local union members’ pay and conditions…

    Isn’t that enough, why should we strive for third world pay and conditions here? Aren’t we aa wealthy enough nation to pay people a living wage to support the lifestyle that australians obviously want.

    I’m also assuming that the foreign workers are sending their money back home to family, it’s not as if it’s staying in this country so these second class workers only exist to maximise the profits of business owners at the expense of ordinary workers in this country, the race to the bottom.

    What do you reckon foreign workers would say if told they could have the same wages and conditions as aussie workers, same work, same pay because that’s how it works here?

    As long as you’re happy to have your job taken by a foreign worker and as long as everyone in the country is prepared to work and live like the second class foreign workers do, it should be no problem, yay, we could easily become another phillipines or india. Of course to be fair, managers, CEO’s, executives etc should have the same wages and conditions of their third world counterparts. Somehow, i don’t really think you’re talking about everyone though, are you?

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 11:32 pm

    A typical union official at the height of activity-

  27. March 20, 2015 11:44 pm

    ” Somehow, i don’t really think you’re talking about everyone though, are you?”

    My point is: (local) unions aren’t worried about foreign workers’ welfare. They’re worried about foreign workers.

  28. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 21, 2015 12:01 am

  29. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 21, 2015 12:54 am

    …My point is: (local) unions aren’t worried about foreign workers’ welfare. They’re worried about foreign workers…

    I think that unions are concerned about their welfare and their exploitation at the hands of the profiteers. That is why unions exist.

    Are the employers the ones bringing their concerns about the ill treatment of 457 visa workers to the authorities and the public?

    Lets not forget about the honest businesses who treat and pay their workers well being at an uncompetitive disadvantage because of the unscrupulous behaviour of the others.

  30. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 8:13 am

    …My point is: (local) unions aren’t worried about foreign workers’ welfare. They’re worried about foreign workers…

    wot armchair opinionator sed, cos I carnt say it no betta

  31. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 8:23 am

    Bullies at work

    Working Life has read the fine print in this week’s employer submissions to the Productivity Commission Workplace Relations Review, and what we have found will send a chill up the spine of every worker in Australia.

    http://workinglife.org.au/2015/03/20/bosses-bright-ideas-for-screwing-you-at-work/

  32. March 21, 2015 9:38 am

    “I think that unions are concerned about their welfare and their exploitation at the hands of the profiteers. That is why unions exist.”

    Unions exist for the benefit of their members. These foreign workers aren’t union members. This kind of lobbying is meant to ensure foreign workers cost the same as local workers, which advantages local union members, and disadvantages foreign workers.

  33. March 21, 2015 9:43 am

    (I’m not criticising unions for doing this, by the way, I’m criticising their Goebbellian propagandising.)

  34. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 9:51 am

    How is highlighting poor employment practices “Goebbellian”?

  35. March 21, 2015 9:53 am

    Claiming to care about foreign workers when the real motive is protectionism of local union members. That’s Goebbellian.

  36. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 9:53 am

    This kind of lobbying is meant to ensure foreign workers cost the same as local workers,

    You say that like its a bad thing?

    which advantages local union members, and disadvantages foreign workers.

    Why would it “disadvantage” them? Are you saying they are not good enough to compete on a level playing field? As it is, this practice of underpaying foreign workers “disadvantages” local workers. Are you saying we should disadvantage Australian workers for cheaper ones?

  37. March 21, 2015 10:02 am

    ” Are you saying we should disadvantage Australian workers for cheaper ones?”

    Not necessarily. I’m just pointing out the unions’ bullshit.

  38. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 10:07 am

    Claiming to care about foreign workers when the real motive is protectionism of local union members

    But that’s only if you accept your premise, which, as ao highlighted, doesn’t really gel with Union practices. It wouldn’t matte if the workers were local or foreign, just that profiteers were exploiting them.

  39. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 10:09 am

    I’m just pointing out the unions’ bullshit.

    If you accept your premise, and ignore Unions history. And, that you don’t “necessarily” think we should disadvantage Australian workers for cheaper ones, which also “seems” to go against your argument.

  40. March 21, 2015 10:17 am

    “which also “seems” to go against your argument”

    You still don’t get my point, evidently.

  41. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 1:34 pm

    You still don’t get my point, evidently.

    Then correct me if I am wrong.

    Your point seems to be that the Union don’t give a rats about foreign workers, and only care about Union members directly (as if that alone is a bad thing)

    Whereas, Unions, in addition to fighting directly for their members, also care about employers upholding Award conditions that they (and their members) fought for for ALL workers.

    You now say that we should “not necessarily” disadvantage Australian workers for cheaper ones, even though that aligns precisely with what, and why, the Union is highlighting this aberration for. Protecting working conditions. For all.

    So no, I don’t really see your point, unless of course, you accept your premise that “Unions exist for the benefit of their members.” ….. Only.

    Which is evidently untrue, as everybody who enjoys Award conditions can (or should) attest to.

  42. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 1:36 pm

    Apparently, not only does “shit happen”, but so does “things”

    Tony Abbott has responded to a review into allegations of sexual assault in offshore immigration detention centres by saying that “occasionally … things happen”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/20/things-happen-tony-abbott-on-sexual-assault-allegations-in-offshore-detention

    And this fuckwit wants to lecture others on bullying! Get Fucked Dickhead!

  43. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 21, 2015 1:42 pm

    And this fuckwit wants to lecture others on bullying! Get Fucked Dickhead!

    And it should be mentioned once again that all those people were locked up by ALP/Greens.

    How much trouble did the ALP/Greens cause the people who are trying to clean up the mess?

    I must admit i did not hear too much from the usual suspects when ALP/Greens were locking up more men, women and children than any govt in Australia history.

    But now they are talking about the detention centers started by Labor.

  44. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 1:50 pm

  45. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 21, 2015 4:27 pm

    Too funny reading that Guardian article.

    All the lefties are blaming Abbott for the way asylum seekers, which they locked up, are treated.

    Too bad those lefties did not protest when Rudd/Gillard/Brown were locking up record numbers of people. They only come out and protest now when the Coalition is emptying the detention centers.

  46. March 21, 2015 5:21 pm

    `Without a hint of irony, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released yet another creepy stilted video throwing his support behind a national anti-bullying campaign.”””””’

    #FMD. since mr-rabbit has taken over, l want to know how many times `joo-liar` has been rushed to hospital from schadenfreude `over-dose`

  47. March 21, 2015 5:38 pm

    considering reb`s post is about `mr-rabbits-bullying-hypocrisy`, it is interesting the usual morons prefer to be onion-phobes and bleat about a `by-product` that represents less than 1/5th of work-force, instead of mr-rabbit who arse-fcuking `most` of the population. #teabags

  48. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 21, 2015 6:12 pm

    You know anybody just arriving in Australia would think it was the Coalition rather than ALP/Greens who put all theses people in the detention centers.

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