Tony Abbott says he has made a “strong start” in his first 100 days in power. Managing editor David Donovan assesses this remarkable claim.
PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT says his Government has made “a strong start” in its first 100 days in Government.
Yes, that’s right, a strong start.
His assessment was apparently repeated throughout the day, according to Fairfax’s Mark Kenny:
Tony Abbott was typically generous. "We've made a strong start," he opined through successive early morning interviews.
The end-to-end chats with the chief correspondents of all the major mastheads were designed to spruik the Government's achievements, approaching the otherwise meaningless 100-day mark.
So, to mark this auspicious milestone, let’s have a look at Tony Abbott’s “strong start”.
He sure started strongly. In his first week, he broke his first promise — spendinghis first week as PM in Arnhem Land, in an Indigenous community.
(A News Corp attack dog and an Abbott acolyte tried to discredit me when I exposed that, but all that happened was they exposed themselves.)
Then there was the rorting saga, where more Coalition’s MP than you could point a cheque book at ‒ including, and especially, the new prime minister himself, with his love of fun runs, bike rides and triathlons on the public ticket ‒ seemed to be on the take.
Tony quietened down any thought of an investigation into this flagrant rorting with some quiet words and then it all seemed to vanish into mist. I’ll bet Craig Thomson wishes he had that control over the media. Or Peter Slipper.
Strong work from Tony there. Or at least a strong smell.
The new Immigration mister stopped giving the media any information about boat arrivals and the pre-election policies of turning back boats and buying boatscollapsed into a steaming pile of ordure when Indonesia said they just weren’t interested in doing that.
Tony and Scott — tough on illegal immigrants.
Well, then came the Indonesian spying crisis, where Tony refused to apologise for spying on the Indonesian President — or even his wife.
That was a tough time and strong words were spoken, with Indonesia recalling its ambassador and putting on hold military co-operation and even co-operation on immigration matters.
But don’t worry, Tony was strong on that too, just yesterday saying that Indonesia had been “singularly unhelpful” because it won’t do precisely what he tells them to do.
Strong words indeed.
What a man. What a start.