Tuesday 21st of January 2020

not soon enough... the dope is gone...


self-destroying... by dopy trial and error...




Tony Abbott — a sad clown always blaming others...

a woman's touch...


Ms Bishop is considered one of the government's best performing ministers, along with Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

She is extremely popular among Liberal backbench MPs and earlier in the year was considered a potential leader. But this changed as support solidified around Mr Turnbull, who had been party leader between 2008 and 2009.

She is viewed as one of the surprise stars of the government after bouncing back from internal undermining during her time as the shadow treasurer in 2008 and 2009.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/julie-bishop-the-eternal-deputy-becomes-kingmaker-20150914-gjmikj.html#ixzz3lkef9PHz
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Lady Macbeth

As the fifth PM in five years, what difference will he make? Yes the Turnbull experiment mk2 will have a honeymoon period, but the same failed policies remain. He still has to answer for a 2nd grade NBN and $15B blowout. The only things he's got going for him are the republic, SSM and no captain's pick. He has a deputy who now has pledged loyalty to 4 leaders (him twice) and knifed 3 times.

The Lad
Date and time
September 15, 2015, 7:22AM

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undermine or stay out of the way?...


For Abbott, it's not back to work Tuesday

We are yet to hear from Abbott since his party room defeat late last night. 

He stoically walked past the cameras (politics does not get any tougher than this) but has since gone to ground. 

One of the big questions as the nation awakes this morn is of course - what does the former PM do? 

Does he stay in parliament a la Kevin Rudd and haunt Turnbull? Or does he do a Julia Gillard and leave his old foe to it? 


6:16am: But let's not get ahead of ourselves. 

Tony Abbott is still the PM. He has not done the official business with the Governor-GeneralSir Peter Cosgrove, to resign. 

After this, we are expecting Malcolm Turnbull to be sworn in this morning. 

There will be ministerial changes - Turnbull confirmed that last night. 

But he said people would remain in their posts this week (which is a parliamentary sitting one). 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-leadership-malcolm-turnbull-takes-charge-after-defeating-tony-abbott-in-ballot-20150914-gjmjkj.html#ixzz3lkk77yM8
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a fantastic fantasist speech...

In his just delivered deluded speech of defeat, most likely a speech written by an enthusiastic junior staff, Tony Abbott rose to the occasion. He listed all his "achievements" and the bad deeds from the Labor party, while praising his Catholicism to the full... 


In reality, Tony Abbott's deceit has been without equal, his bullshit has been mountainous and his dishonesty like a bath-tub of Vegemite spread on a tar road going on beyond the horizon.


His infrastructure plan is willy-nilly and destroyer of communities. So far not much of it, possibly a couple of bricks having been laid, has been in train. Hopefully none of the rest will see the daylight.


He is proud of killing Australian industries such as car manufacturing, in exchange of selling offals to the Japanese in a FTA that is not worth the ink and paper. His deal with China is not passed by Parliament yet because, let's face it, Aussie jobs will get hammered. 


He has decimated the ABC, the Health services, the public education services, and countless more social services with the view that if you are not working, you must be a bludger — as reinforced daily by his lying mate's papers. May he find work soon, outside politics...


Abbott has had no understanding of the working of this fragile planet. As far as Tony Abbott goes, god created the place, possibly flat, Adam and Eve are still the original humans and mining coal is for kingdom rule...

On the queen front, he had the affront to bring back antiquated royalist honours.


At most time, Tony Abbott was a disgrace to this country. May the god of atheists forgive him (as long as he does not come back)... 


He had to go. 

his daughters are the pretty ones...

Abbott deceives the nation right to the end: 65 porkie pies in two years
Alan Austin

Even on his political death bed, Tony Abbott cannot tell the truth. Alan Austin closes a sad and sorry chapter in Australia’s political history.

PLEADING FOR HIS POLITICAL LIFE last night, Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, said passionately:

“Our team has stopped the boats, improved the budget, cut taxes and increased jobs ... You can trust me to deliver a stronger economy and a safer community.”

Unfortunately for the hapless ex-PM and the nation he failed to lead effectively for two years, there are five direct lies in just that one short grab.

To seal the ledger on one of the most brazen liars ever to attain high office in a modern democracy – in the hope that history will not repeat – here is the final score.

The last five bring the tawdry tally to a staggering 65. The first 30 were documented here.

This is the update:

65. Delivered a stronger economy

The truth is the opposite. Of the 22 economic variables Abbott and his disgraced Treasurer Joe Hockey promised to strengthen when in Opposition, all 22 have weakened.

64. Increased jobs

According to the latest Bureau of Statistics figures, unemployment has increased since 2013 and the ratio of total hours worked has declined.

63. Cut taxes

As shown by Crikey and others, taxes overall have risen markedly.

62. Improved the budget

According to the Finance Department, the AMP and all analyses except the Liberal Party’s, the budget has deteriorated dramatically. Deficits are now around four times those projected under Labor.

61. Stopped the boats

Untrue. Boats are still setting out. Some are turned back. Some are sunk after refugees are put in orange lifeboats. Some are towed away. Others sail off after the Government pays people smugglers to go elsewhere.

We just no longer know how many refugees are still sailing. Or still drowning.

"Tony Abbott's do-nothing govt". @adamgartrell http://t.co/xwRAisCsvx & Adam, Govt. didn't 'stop the boats'. 20 arrived in 18months. #auspol

— Joe2 (@eatatjoe2) August 9, 2015

60. Refugee intake

Abbott, September 2015:

“We are a country which, on a per capita basis, takes more refugees than any other.” 

The Conversation fact checker showed this is quite false.

59. Criticising the royal commissioner

Abbott, August 2015:

"It is actually a criminal offence to attack a serving royal commissioner. It is actually a criminal offence.” 

Fact checkers described this falsehood euphemistically as "oversimplified".

58. Adani mine jobs

Abbott, August 2015:

“This is a $21 billion investment, it will create 10,000 jobs in Queensland and elsewhere." 

Completely false. Adani's testimony to the Queensland Land Court said 1,464 jobs would be created.

57. Addictive drugs

Abbott, August, 2015:

“Ice is ... far more potent, far more dangerous, and far more addictive than any other illegal drug.” 

A patent porkie, according to The Conversation.

Is ice really more dangerous and addictive than other illegal drugs? #FactCheck time. https://t.co/W1ejH3cY3a

— The Conversation (@ConversationEDU) August 21, 2015

56. Speakers Slipper and Bishop accused of rorts

Tony Abbott regarding Peter Slipper, April 2012:

“It’s also incumbent upon the Australian Federal Police to swiftly investigate the potentially criminal allegations that have been made against the Speaker.”

Tony Abbott regarding Bronwyn Bishop, August 2015:

“The problem is not any particular individual, the problem is the entitlement system more generally."

One of those statements is untrue.

55. Emissions targets

Abbott claimed Australia's per capita emissions targets for 2030 are

"... the best in the developed world."

Incorrect. They are behind those of Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

54. Labor spending

Abbott, May 2015:

"The former government were spending ... at a rate of 3.6 per cent a year. We are spending at a rate of 1.5 per cent per year."

Dodging the truth is putting it mildly.

53. Cadbury handout

In July 2015 Abbott denied that the $16 million promised to Cadbury was to expand production, exports and jobs.

A detailed YouTube clip reveals these denials are direct lies.

52. Relations with Indonesia

Abbott, June 2015:

“The great thing about stopping the boats is that it has very much improved our relationship with Indonesia.”

Indonesia’s vice president exposed this as untrue the same day:

"It is wrong for a person to bribe, let alone a state. Such an act is definitely incorrect in the context of bilateral relations.”

51. No comment on paying people smugglers

Abbott, June 2015:

“The consistent position of this Government has been not to comment on the operational details of what is necessary and what has been done to stop the boats.”

Comments by the foreign minister, immigration minister and the attorney general on operational details show this to be completely false.

50. Citizenship revocation

Abbott, June 2015:

“What we are doing is precisely what was recommended by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, as Madam Speaker so well reminded us all last night on Q&A.” 

The independent monitor, Bret Walker SC, immediately repudiated Abbott’s falsification of his words.

@TonyAbbottMHR misrepresents Bret Walker after (wilfully?) misconstruing his recommendations. No apology. http://t.co/ZruBSkXOUr #auspol

— Russ Hunter (@RussHunter77) June 19, 2015

49. Labor’s red carpet for terrorists

Abbott accused the Labor Opposition of "rolling out the red carpet for terrorists" in June for simply querying whether the Government's plan to strip citizenship from suspects was constitutional.

This is one of the most malicious lies on this list for two reasons. First, it is untrue. And, second, it repudiates the cornerstone Westminster tradition of bipartisanship on security matters — which Labor is honouring, to its political detriment.

48. GST changes

Abbott claimed the goods and services tax must be changed by the states, not the Federal Government. The ABC showed this is nonsense.

47. Metadata protection

Abbott, March 2015:

"When I was a journalist, there were no metadata protections for journalists and if any agency ... had wanted my metadata, they could have just gone and got it on authorisation.”

Pure fabrication. Abbott quit journalism in 1990, four years before the first internet web browser appeared in 1994. Whether this is deliberate intent to deceive or evidence of ignorance is for readers to decide.

46. Debt ratio of 50 per cent

Abbott, March 2015:

"A ratio of debt to GDP at about 50 or 60 per cent is a pretty good result looking around the world."

In Opposition, Abbott condemned Labor for its “$133 billion of net debt”.

That debt was less than 12% of GDP. So one position or the other is false.

"a ratio of debt to GDP at about 50 or 60 per cent is a pretty good result looking around the world" @TonyAbbottMHR http://t.co/h0trVXvlop

— Simon Banks (@SimonBanksHB) March 25, 2015

45. “I never said that. I never said that.”

Soon after Abbott declared publicly the debt ratio at “about 50 or 60 per cent is a pretty good result”, he flatly denied saying it.

A clear instance of lying to the Parliament.

44. Superannuation changes

"It's not an adverse change. No-one is going backwards," Abbott said last September.

Blatantly false according to the ABC and others.

43. India’s nuclear record

Abbott, September 2014:

"India has an absolutely impeccable record when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation."

Exaggerated, according to the fact checkers.

42. Labor’s deficit

Abbott, December 2014:

“The then government was telling us the deficit for that year would be $18 billion; it turned out to be $48 billion.”

Another malicious lie. That debt blow-out was the direct result of decisions taken by the Abbott Government, not by Labor.

41. Medicare co-payment

Abbott, December 2014:

“Why should people like [opposition leader] Bill Shorten and myself expect to go to the doctor and not pay a cent?”

Quite false. The wealthy pay through the Medicare levy.

Barnstorming @CatherineKingMP to the rescue after omnishambles in the Abbott Govt this week: http://t.co/3qlnSLLxN0

— Anika Wells (@AnikaWells) January 16, 2015

40. Consultation with doctors

Abbott assured one media outlet he had discussed the proposed GP visit tax with doctors. The AMA immediately confirmed he was lying again.

39. Iraq war

Abbott, September 2014:

"I think strictly speaking it's best described as a mission rather than as a war."

Strictly incorrect, said the fact checkers.

38. Stealth fighter spending

Abbott, June 2014:

"I want to stress that this is money that has been put aside by government over the past decade or so to ensure that this purchase [Joint strike fighter aircraft] can responsibly be made."

Senator Scott Ludlam’s interrogation of Defence chiefs revealed money had not been set aside.

37. Obama’s climate change plan

''I am encouraged that President Obama is taking what I would regard as direct action measure to reduce emissions, this is very similar to the action my Government proposes in Australia.''

Outrageously false.

36. Children and politics

Abbott, May 2014:

"I've always said families should be kept out of the front line. That's the way I've always tried to run my political operation."

A barefaced lie as shown by his repeated use of his daughters in electioneering.

35. Flight 370 black box

Abbott said in April last year he was "confident" about the position of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370's flight recorder to "within some kilometres".

Complete fabrication.

34. Letters patent and knighthoods

"On my recommendation, Her Majesty the Queen has amended the Letters Patent constituting the Order of Australia." – Abbott, April 2014.

As shown by Independent Australia and others, this is patently untrue.

33. Always against a carbon tax or ETS

Straight to the cameras in June 2014:

"I’ve always been against a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme."

But as this famous 2009 clip reveals, it is totally false.


32. Intelligence gathering

Revelations by Edward Snowden in The New York Times in 2014 show that Abbott

“... immediately, blatantly and demonstrably lied about Australia’s intelligence-gathering.”

31. Howard era growth

Abbott speaking in 2013:

“GDP growth ... has been only one third of the GDP growth per head in the Howard era.”

Growth in the Labor period was only marginally lower than through the Howard years, not down to one third.

The greater lie is ignoring the impact of the GFC.

The first 30, documented fully here, relate to:

  1. Anti-Pauline Hanson slush fund
  2. Electoral Commission re donations
  3. Meeting with Cardinal Pell
  4. Climate change
  5. Labor’s emissions scheme
  6. Trip to Afghanistan
  7. China’s CO2 emissions
  8. Asylum seekers “illegal”
  9. BHP's Olympic dam mine plans
  10. BHP Olympic Dam mine announcement
  11. Australia could end up like Greece
  12. Carbon taxes nowhere else in world
  13. Carbon tax damage economy
  14. Malcolm Turnbull and the internet
  15. Opening mines
  16. Howard era prosperity
  17. Broadband roll-out
  18. Election spending
  19. Debt spiralling out of control
  20. Deals with the Greens
  21. Daughters living at home
  22. Cardinal Pell’s reputation
  23. Worker entitlements
  24. Productivity
  25. Carbon and mining taxes spooked investors
  26. Carbon and mining taxes threatened jobs
  27. Carbon and mining taxes increased cost of living
  28. End of the mining boom
  29. Tasmanian forests
  30. Immunisation

Let’s hope the world never sees the like of this again.

You can follow Alan Austin on Twitter @AlanTheAmazing.

As the global economy recovers strongly, Australia's deteriorates. Please read, like and retweet. https://t.co/0hFw0SruoV @IndependentAus

— Alan Austin (@alantheamazing) July 12, 2015

gone for now...


From Rollison

I have waited a long time to write this post. I have so looked forward to this moment. I know, I know. Turnbull will be a harder opponent for Labor to beat at the next election, etc. etc. etc. But let’s just pause before we fight that battle and celebrate the end of the Abbott war. We never have to worry about the #OneTermTony campaign ever again, because Abbott never made it to one term. He is now officially just a blip on the landscape. He’s gone. His putrid ideological war is over. Happy dance!

I’m savouring this sentence: Abbott didn’t even last a term. Two chaotic, dysfunctional, vindictive, shambolic, dim-witted, ideologically irrational years as leader of this great country, proving day after day after day after day and sometimes more than once a day, that he was not competent enough for the job.

I know it’s not in good taste to constantly be saying I told you so. And I know everyone who reads this knows I told you so and all agreed when I said so, but we all did this by saying over and over again that Abbott is just not good enough. I said it from the day he beat Turnbull in a leadership spill at the end of 2009. I’ve been saying ‘Abbott’s not good enough’ for almost 6 years. It’s a long time to be outraged. But we maintained the rage and now we’ve won. Why do you think Abbott hates Twitter so much? Because we point out how shit he is at his job. And finally this opinion can’t just be called ‘electronic graffiti’ and has not just gone mainstream, it’s also infiltrated his own team. Finally now justice has been done. Abbott’s incompetence has resulted in him losing his job. Before he even moved into the Lodge.

read more: http://victoriarollison.com/2015/09/14/the-blip/


We have to make sure he does not come back...

a mutt chasing cars...


Vale, Tony Abbott – both a unique man and a unique failure

David Marr

The ousted PM never strayed from the belief that his God-given mission was to save a nation in peril. But Australians didn’t buy it – we don’t see ourselves that way...

Tony Abbott is fading fast. Within days of his fall he’s looking like a prime minister we once had a long time ago. The drama of his execution this week was muted by the lingering disbelief that he was ever there. His government has slipped easily into the past. He is gone and barely missed.

“The beauty of being leader is you are freer to be yourself,” he remarked five years ago after becoming leader of the opposition. But that self proved, in the end, not made for the politics of today.

Abbott was a brawling politician of great skill but he was also – and fatally – still in many ways the cold war kid who rode out with Bob Santamaria’s forces in the late 1970s to confront the zeitgeist and save western civilisation.

Along the way, Abbott would abandon nearly every policy Santa stood for but he never lost the old man’s fear of the future and the belief that his God-given mission was to save us from enemies we don’t even realise are there.

In Abbott’s political imagination danger lurks everywhere. Whether it’s the death cult abroad or the ABC at home, there is always more at stake than meets the eye. Ruin is at hand. Combat is imperative. Hyperbole is the order of the day.

In the end, that didn’t wash with Australia.

Abbott used to talk of himself as a mutt chasing a car. What happens, he used to wonder, when the dog catches the vehicle? The answer when he became prime minister turned out to be: not much.

It’s not that he didn’t have ideas. Opinion pieces were his strength in his early career as a journalist. Even as minister for health – and he a was good minister – he liked to lock himself away for days at a time to write newspaper pieces in which he threw around big, bold ideas.

But missing from these tens of thousands of words was much about strategy. Abbott does not have the profoundly professional imagination of John Howard, whose mind focused instinctively on the task of getting where he wanted to go.

Without his superb talent for political conflict, he would never have brought his party in from opposition. True, he wrecked the joint to get there, but the victory of 2013 can never be taken away from him.

That’s when his troubles began. He found he had little to carry him forward when he came to power except his instinct for brawling. There was no strategy. Persuasion was at a minimum. He picked fights everywhere. Like the worst of world war one’s generals, he led his government straight at the machine guns.

In opposition he had built up a great political asset: trust in his word. That he was caught out so often ducking and weaving didn’t matter. Abbott convinced Australia that he was the truth teller and his opponent, Julia Gillard, the liar.


I disagree with a few things that David Marr says here, especially about Tony Abbott being a man of Ideas while being Health Minister... He was rotten... and told fibs...

Tony Abbott would never have convinced anyone of his worth by himself. HE HAD THE UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT OF THE MURDOCH PRESS that controls 70 per cent and influences about 90 per cent of the media in this country.

See also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/27145



a lingering bad smell...


The former prime minister thanks Ray Hadley and his listeners for their “support and encouragement”. Obviously. They are in furious agreement that nothing has changed with the change in the prime ministership. Hadley seems to concur with Abbott that he would have won a presidential-style victory at the next election. By implication – that whole leadership-change thing was pointless.

Abbott does not directly attack or snipe, in fact he refuses to do so. He urges people to continue to support the Coalition.

But his message is clear and a more potent attack for its apparent reasonableness. The Liberal party and the electorate have been duped. Malcolm Turnbull has not, should not and will not change anything. Nor would he have reason to, because Abbott’s two years in government were a triumph. In fact Turnbull only moved when he did because the Canning byelection was about to vindicate Abbott’s election-winning abilities.

Outside the studio, of course, recent events look very different.

The Coalition immediately jumped to an election-winning position in the polls. Turnbull’s approval ratings as prime minister skyrocketed. A clear majority of voters supported the change. Backbenchers contemplated the assassination only because they believed that without it their own demise was inevitable.

But the new prime minister is in a tricky period of transition. Having promised proper consultation and having sat in the cabinet that agreed all the current policies, he cannot lightly ditch them. He has to unpick them carefully. But he is also managing an enormous expectation that things will change.

read more http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2015/sep/29/he-wont-snipe-yet-tony-abbott-is-striving-to-prove-that-his-ousting-was-pointless


Yep, the change of leadership was pointless like lancing a boil. Pointless like removing a stone in your shoe. Pointless like wearing a hat and sunscreen in the sun. Pointless like fixing a bad case of haemorrhoids on Embarrassing Bodies... Pointless like the sun rising every morning. Pointless like fixing a burst water main. Pointless like dancing in the streets after the change, despite the rain... Pointless like opening windows after a bad fart...