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Why Tony Abbott won’t win his war on the ABC

July 6, 2015


Those “free speech” advocates over at the LNP have taken the extraordinary stance of boycotting any further appearances on QandA following the public spat over allowing a poor deluded individual to spruik some pro-terrorist nonsense on the national broadcaster’s night time live debating show.

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently declared that he would be boycotting the show, despite the fact that he’s failed to appear since becoming PM – joining the ranks of the insipid Kevin Andrews who similarly declared that he would no longer appear on the show (despite never being invited).

Building on his free speech credentials, The Gutter Trash understands that the PM has issued a directive to his frontbench staff instructing them to boycott the show.

Stopping within a hare’s breath of accusing the national broadcaster of treason, Mr Abbott recently described Q&A as a “leftie lynch mob” and said: “I think the ABC does have to have a long, hard look at itself and to answer a question which I have posed before — whose side are you on?”

However that hollow wreck of where once stood a man and leadership aspirant Malcolm Turnbull, has been placed in an invidious position by the PM’s arbitrary ban.

The ironically titled “Communications Minister” is due to appear on QandA next week and is yet to confirm whether or not he will keep the commitment in the wake of the PM’s ban.

Smashing pumpkin Barnaby Joyce has today withdrawn from this evening’s show citing the PM’s directive. However in contrast, statements made by Malcolm Turnbull suggest he does not support a boycott of the show.

“In due course I have no doubt that all of us will be appearing on ABC programs including Q&A in the future,” he said in late June.

Adhering to the ban would put Mr Turnbull on a collision course with voters in his own electorate, a majority of whom support protections against political interference in the ABC.

According to recent polling, voters living in electorates held by some of the Abbott government’s most prominent ministers support the ABC so strongly they would vote to change the constitution to protect it from political interference.

The polling shows a majority of voters in the seats held by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Education Minister Christopher Pyne would support including the functions of the ABC in the constitution to ensure its independence from government.

And most voters in the three blue-ribbon Liberal seats also oppose the $254 million funding cut handed to the ABC last year.

The question remains as to whether Malcom Turnbull will acquiesce to Abbott’s boycott demands or will he finally grow a spine?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 10:04 am

    This is all the more unexplainable/explainable when you consider who was recently made the head of the Prime Minister’s press office.

    Smashing pumpkin Barnaby Joyce

    I have no idea what it means, but I like it none the less 🙂

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 10:10 am

    So who’s Precious then …

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 10:11 am

    There’s Australia democracy …

    Then there’s Abbott’s secrecy …

    Wake up Australia …

  4. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 10:12 am

    So who’s Precious then …

    Pretty much every rwnj in the country at the moment it seems TB

    This thread just might back that up as they crawl outta the woodwork 😉

  5. July 6, 2015 10:13 am

    lf only we could get mr-rabbit to `order` the albrectsen troll and the rest of the teabags on my abc`s board (and/or-committees) to `boycott` as well.

    #Chances are, Mr-Talkbulls spine-growth will remain slow and stunted.

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 11:09 am

    Cabinet minister Scott Morrison says he has no plans to appear on Q&A and hasn’t done so since the coalition came to government in 2013.

    He denied the prime minister had told all frontbenchers they weren’t to appear on the show.

    23 minutes

    Is this deliberate obfuscation again … or the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doping (typo but appropriate) doing … either way the Abbott government looks rather silly … or just another flip flop, flip flop …

  7. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 1:27 pm

    Is this deliberate obfuscation again …

    It is always obfuscation TB. Talk about anything BUT what we should be, like the economy and jobs.

    And it is why yabot doesn’t care if he wins the war against the ABC. It’s because all he wants IS the war.

    We have always been at war with theirabc.

  8. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 1:29 pm

    This is what they DON’T want the churnos to be talking about.

    THE Salvation Army has raised fresh concerns about the protections for up to 5000 Chinese working holidaymakers who will come to Australia under the recently announced free trade agreement between the countries.

  9. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 1:51 pm

    Could be a long war too

    The ABC could go three months without an Abbott government frontbencher appearing on Q&A, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott instituted a boycott of the program.
    The grubmint force the abc to run an investigation, then use that investigation to claim they cannot appear. Sound familiar?

  10. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 5:14 pm


  11. July 6, 2015 6:16 pm

    morning bulletin””’an already-strained temporary work program””

    #unfortunately team-cheerers that read the morning bulletin, and may have recently watched network-7 won`t enjoy the temporary work program selling out workers and their onions by federal alp under `work-for-dole`like programs. Team-beazley, team-jooLiar and team-kevin07 were no help, just teabag-lite on this topic. All signs point to team-blib being teabag-lite here too.

    #under `work-for-dole` temporary work programs, outside job-contractors receive kick-backs to funnel the unemployed into ponzi-courses to earn ponzi-certificates (kick-backs) and two-days work with employers that receive kick-backs in ponzi-jobs. This is all just a self-feeding loop that doesn`t and won`t ever get unemployed out of poverty, but instead keep them in poverty. The joke is really on the `onions` that have been sold-out by federal alp, these people don`t need to be paying onion-dues, they MUST do this to get their dole. ln most cases there will never be a living-wage job, as the employer will prefer to keep receiving kickbacks for helping to keep 6-ish% `unemployment` numbers.

    #l`ve been speaking to a few unemployed/retrenched neighbors at various stages of the unemployment/dole-office system. As much as the looney teabags bleat about `bludgers`, what you will find is plenty of biz-trough-snouting that works against unemployed, via a very circular kick-back system.

  12. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 6:38 pm

    you’ll have to explain yourself drivlebag, cos your comment appears to have no context, and no point, other than to try and bash Labor with ramblings.

  13. Tom R permalink
    July 6, 2015 6:40 pm

    One of the enduring myths of Australian politics is that only the Labor Party has factions, and the unhealthy tribalism that often goes with them. Wrong: the Liberal Party is just as factional, albeit in a looser sense, and just as tribal, if not more so.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 6:46 pm

    But having confirmed his appearance in a Sunday morning ABC Insiders interview, he later said he’d been ordered by the prime minister not to go on Q&A.

    Barnacle Joyce …

    I see the School Bully is now really in charge …

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 6:50 pm

    … the Liberal Party is just as factional, albeit in a looser sense, and just as tribal, if not more so.

    And anyone that doesn’t understand that really is a “looser”*

  16. July 6, 2015 7:40 pm

    tr”””bash Labor with ramblings”””#WRONG

    Team-cheerer, l always thought the `work-for-dole`system was employers paying dole-office to use the slaves. This is wrong.

    The dole-office/govt pays the employer/biz to take the slaves. lf you have any clout in a union (or-friends) you might want to point out to them that federal alp have sold them down the river with `work-for-dole`. There is never `any` reason for one of these employers/biz to `actually` employ the slave, as they keep getting the govt kick-backs.

    #Neighbor (slave in system) told me he asked at one of the places for full-time work, employer says not up to him, ask dole-office. Asking at dole-office, they said see job-contractor. Contractor said see boss. Round and round he went. Finally they transferred him to another ponzi-job. (which he hates)

  17. July 7, 2015 12:48 am

    theage”””””It is by deference to the Prime Minister that when an instruction comes through it is obeyed, otherwise the whole process of cabinet becomes chaotic,” Mr Joyce said on Monday.

    “You don’t say, ‘Oh look, I’ll come back to you on that’. An instruction is an instruction and that’s what happens, and that’s it. He’s made an instruction that until the processes of the review at the ABC is properly concluded that he doesn’t want people from cabinet on

    Q&A. That’s the instruction. It’s not a case of alternative A or alternative B.”

    A pair of Coalition backbenchers, senator Cory Bernardi and Queensland MP George Christensen, called for Mr Turnbull and other cabinet members to obey Mr Abbott’s edict”””””’

    #quite frankly, l think this is all upside for my abc, bananasby has just shown he doesn`t have the nads to stand-up to credlin`s-puppet, and lack of bananasby will never hurt my abc. Let`s hope mr-talkbull and the rest of team-credlin-puppet will continue with their boycott.

  18. Tom R permalink
    July 7, 2015 8:02 am

    you might want to point out to them that federal alp have sold them down the river with `work-for-dole`.

    I’m going to need something more specific than your ramblings drivelbag. What are you basing this on, or were to talking to a cockroach while countingcolouredcartons?


    Or get a grown up to try and elucidate your babble

  19. July 7, 2015 10:36 am

    Apparently Abbott has confirmed that Malcolm isn’t allowed to appear on QandA next week..

  20. Tom R permalink
    July 7, 2015 10:43 am

    Or is he? The Thickens plot

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 7, 2015 11:33 am

    Just sell ABC, it is a complete waste of taxes.

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