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Abbot in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, February 3rd, 2015 - 22 comments
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The election of Tony Abbot as Australian PM was always a mystery to me, but it seems that Australians at least come to their senses quicker than we in NZ. Abbot is in deep trouble:

Australian PM Tony Abbott moves to head off critics

Tony Abbott has junked his most controversial personal policies, promised no changes to the GST without Labor backing, and pledged to lead Australia’s most consultative government in the future as he attempts to head off a challenge to his leadership.

But some Liberals remain hostile in the wake of mistakes, the Queensland election result and polling showing that most voters expect him to be replaced.

And now…

22 comments on “Abbot in trouble ”

  1. TheContrarian 1

    Good. Abbott is a malevolent idiot.

  2. Murray Rawshark 2

    He really is a total fuckwit in a way that FJK isn’t. He can’t even pretend to be reasonable or sane. I don’t think we actually have any elected politicians like him. John Banks may have been the closest.

    • TheContrarian 2.1

      Yeah – I don’t think NZ has ever seen a politician like Abbott.

    • BLiP 2.2

      David Seymour is pretty close.

      • Murray Rawshark 2.2.1

        I doubt that he’d be as physically aggressive as Abbott. Abbott has done some nasty stuff with his fists. He’s an endorphine junkie and if he doesn’t get hi bike ride every morning, he can’t function.

        • tricledrown

          Don Brasch comes to mind mushy peas and corned beef.
          Walking the plank.
          Trying to get into a race car.
          They can all line up at the post office.

  3. tc 3

    What Rupert wants Rupert gets.

    Bishop got the nod for the tweetmeister a few weeks ago and QLD election just sealed the deal as Toxic Tonys brand is gawwwn.

  4. les 4

    hope he stays on…a gift for the opposition.

  5. music4menz 5

    Getting rid of Abbott doesn’t mean getting rid of the coalition government, of course. What is it with Australian politics that they happily change PMs so frequently in mid term? Rudd- Gillard- Rudd; Abbott- Bishop (maybe)… Surely this is a pretty unstable way of running a government.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      “Surely this is a pretty unstable way of running a government.”

      Which reflects pretty badly on NZ Labour when they picked no-hope Shearer, doesn’t it? Explains why the electorate treated them so poorly.

      • McFlock 5.1.1

        The leadership change mid-term last time was getting rid of Shearer. Goff stood down just after the 2011 election.

        If “leadership stability” is the primary criteria, I mean.

    • SHG 5.2

      Shipley became NZ’s first female Prime Minister in a leadership spill. No biggie.

  6. Macro 6

    What is it with the NLP? Why are the so ecclesiastical? Replacing an Abbott with a Bishop?

    • Sable 6.1

      Indeed. I personally think she is more caustic and venomously right wing than Abbott. Maybe that’s the problem, Abbotts not vicious enough in pushing the right agenda.

      • Murray Rawshark 6.1.1

        She is bloody awful and you may well be right. Abbott seems too stupid to know what he’s supposed to be doing half the time.

  7. Sable 8

    Australian politics are every bit as polluted by US governmental and corperati interference as our own. Have been for years. You can be sure anyone they get to replace bumbling Abbott will be on board with US ambitions, including the ugly TPPA.

    Interesting how the so called changes proposed in Australia mirror our own, almost as if someone else was pulling the strings. Increased GST, Reinstitution of Royal honours. Take more money from people and make them more economically dependent and vulnerable. Make the nation more dependent on the UK which is in the US’s back pocket. Easy to do a Whitlam and get rid of anyone who stands up to us.

    Wonder how long it will be before SU troops turn up on our doorstep for our “protection” and we start growing GM crops.

  8. exkiwiforces 9

    The CLP here in the Northern Territory now fighting in the open as Mr Giles was rolled lastnight and is now refusing to go. Looks like the Torries all over Oz are saving their skins after the Queensland election and I think dick togs Abbott well be lucky to survive the next 2 weeks.

  9. Andrea 10

    “seems that Australians at least come to their senses quicker than we in NZ.” – as in hours and days after the election.

    Our lot are still queuing for the kool-aid.

  10. Morrissey 11

    Abbott looks like he’s going to be the first world leader to ever get the boot simply for being stupid.

  11. Ffloyd 12

    Isn’t Abbott John key’s *soul brother*? Sure I read that somewhere after key had been over there for summat or nowt.

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