Lefties going after Lib family members

A very ugly development:

Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances received a “chairman’s scholarship” for a degree costing more than $60,000 from the Whitehouse Institute of Design where an Abbott political donor sits as chairman on the board, Guardian Australia can reveal.

The revelation raises questions for the prime minister over whether the scholarship should have been declared on his interests register.

This follows the “outrage” where Joe Hockey’s wife spent her own money on a new dress.

This is a game everyone can play – but I’m not sure we’ll be the better for it.

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42 Responses to Lefties going after Lib family members

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    What charming people are these Alinsky groupies. Sigh. Well at least when I get sent to the gulag on Macquarie Island I will be in good company.

    Do they have consciences? Do they have children of their own?

  2. Jason

    So Gillard donates a 100 mill to the Uni of Adelaide and then gets a teaching gig………….. nothing from the Guardian.

    The AU government donates millions to some global lefty bullshit education body and lo and behold Gillard gets another leg up. Nothing from the Guardian.

    Abbotts daughter gets a scholarship and its a 3 part expose in the Guardian. Has anyone bothered to see whether she earnt it on merit or is there an automatic assumption from the Guardian.

    Seriously, if this isnt example number 4958 of the left stopping at nothing to tear down the Abbott government then I’ll stand rooted. When will the Libs take the gloves off and start ripping into these pricks. You can’t convince the left and you cant negotiate with them, just declare war and rip in.

  3. .

    This is sick nasty shit that belongs in America and in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

  4. H B Bear

    You wouldn’t expect anything less.

    The Grauniad has to distinguish itself from Pravda-on-the-Yarra somehow.

  5. Sinclair Davidson

    Sorry IT – good comment, but more hassle than its worth.

  6. Several things come to mind, in the following order:
    1. TA666 wasn’t stupid enough to touch this, was he?
    2. Drill down a few levels and you’ll find a certain Labor/ABC Mr Fixit setting up a “Gotcha!”
    3. Check over all the Scholarships in Australia and a certain pattern will emerge. Guess what that pattern will be, and secondly, guess which Party will be seen to be a clear beneficiary.

  7. egg_

    Thought the ALP dirt files would come out, post Budget.

  8. H B Bear

    It was Teh Grauniad that broke the story that convicted thief, former ALP national chairman Michael Williamson’s daughter was employed in Julia Gillard’s office wasn’t it?

  9. blogstrop

    Don’t worry, it’s just that ineffective ol’ media thing again. Nothing at all to worry about.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Sorry IT – good comment, but more hassle than its worth.

    Yes, I regretted pressing submit on that one… actually I almost always do.

  11. Di

    Okay – if we are going to talk about this – how about an accounting of the number of teachers children who apply for & receive higher education scholarships.

    Then we can have a real discussion!

  12. David

    You can’t convince the left and you cant negotiate with them, just declare war and rip in

    Spot on you cannot reason with the left, they are incapable of rational thoughts beyond their own narrow view of entitlement and ethical behaviour is just an expression not a requirement. Every little “gotcha” needs to be trundled out into the open so people who can reason are aware of the damage the left inflicts on us.

  13. James

    Offering suits to a public figure to wear and having his daughter study in their college is actually a way to promote their design college and clothing business.

  14. Token

    This is a game everyone can play – but I’m not sure we’ll be the better for it.

    Wait for the leftards to de-cry the “decline in standards”.

  15. Notafan

    Or all those arms length Australia Council grants and all those ABC families.
    No pointing out the entity was private and no government money was involved.

  16. Token

    This is sick nasty shit that belongs in America and in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

    Please, the characters in Westeros have standards.

    Along those lines, the left in the US has decried the recently incestous rape in a recent episode as they are concerned about the “attitude to women”…

  17. Vicki

    When the Abbott government set up the two current Royal Commissions, it was always going to be “gloves off”. The potential of the RC into union corruption, in particular, has set nerves on edge, and preparations for retaliation into motion.

    Collateral damage involving family members is always horrible, and is the reason many decent and talented people will not enter political life.

    Abbott himself is a big boy, and will not take rubbish for too long as he has indicated in The Australian:

    “Years ago I was playing rugby for Sydney University,” Abbott began, describing a game against the then powerhouse that was Hornsby. “Late in the game, the prop opposite me went off and a Fijian international came from the second row of the Hornsby team into the front row for the last couple of scrums of the game. First of all he tried to eye-gouge me. Then he tried to get his hands inside my mouth and have a go at my gums…
    “I thought, ‘This is outrageous. If it happens again, I’m going to have to do something.’ So it happened in the third scrum — and as you know, I’m a man of peace… “As the scrum broke up, I gave him my best possible punch.” Cue some surprised chuckling. “Now, I’m not going to go into what happened after that on the field. The interesting thing is what happened off the field. The legendary Jake Howard, who was awarding points in the Herald competition that day, said to me, ‘Tony, great punch. Great punch. For that, you are getting one point in the Best and Fairest competition.’ The point of the story is that sometimes you have to throw a punch to be best and fairest.”

  18. Vicki

    Sorry, the above Abbott anecdote came via article by James Jeffrey in The Austtralian.

  19. C.L.

    Julia Gillard’s step-daughter won a prestigious Zoo magazine scholarship.

  20. Surely, J.C, the only scholarship that requires one to get out their baps.

  21. rebel with cause

    What a read The Guardian AU must be, between this and articles about Catherine Deveny eating chips, or Myf Warhurst waiting for breakfast at a hipster cafe, it’s a very stimulating read.

  22. Woolfe

    Surprised the ALP government didn’t turn loose the ATO on libs and their donors before the 2013 election.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    Yep. Abbott punched a black man and hasn’t yet been charged.

  24. nerblnob

    I guess the circumstances are different, but awarding scholarships was/is a known form of bribery.

    Say a certain big oilfield services company is bidding for a big contract with a state-owned (so therefore corrupt) oil company in a certain north African country. NOC = National Oil Company

    Key official at this NOC lets it be known that he has a son who’d like to study in the USA . Well now, as it happens, the big services company has scholarships for such a purpose and NOC official’s son just happens to win one, which makes NOC official look rather favourably on big service company’s bid. It doesn’t always result in success but it does tip the odds.

    It’s not the same as Abbott’s daughter but they’re both on the same continuum, albeit at different ends. Depends where you draw the line. Of course you would find many other examples if you looked hard enough.

  25. Its simple-Tony,Frances,Leanne Whitehouse and Les Taylor should sue the Guardian-they have all been defamed by the article.

  26. egg_

    articles about Catherine Deveny eating chips, or Myf Warhurst waiting for breakfast at a hipster cafe

    Wouldn’t want to get between that pair and a feed trough.

  27. JC

    Anyone know what’s going on with the Victorian police investigation against a senior liars party figure for a rape accusation.

  28. JC

    It would be really funny if the cops prosecute the case and watch what happens in Australian leftism.

    The JC suicide hotline would go berserk.

    I’m sure Marr would try to resurface The Punch.

  29. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    During stalins days the families of “traitors to the people” .were gulagged while the “traitor” “cofessed ” ad was eliminated.
    This of course means this behavior is acceptable to the alp/green/ fascist.and not a problem .

  30. Mr Rusty

    Next up from the Grainuad;

    Scandal Revealed! Teacher who awarded Bridget Abbott school prize for Year 9 essay on The Development of Agriculture in Ancient Egypt donated $10 to Liberal Party in 1998.

  31. cohenite

    Do they have consciences? Do they have children of their own?

    No Bruce they don’t.

  32. CatAttack

    God I wish Abbott would just come out and tell these filth to get Fcuked.

    Look at the hypersensitive confected outrage today with Abbotts wink at the pensioner who claimed she had to do telephone sex.

    Male students push and physically threaten female politicians because they “deserved” it and it’s a big fat yawn on MSM and Abbott winks and it’s the end of the world as we know it. I must be living in an alternative parallel universe.

  33. harrys on the boat

    Abbott had the budget as an opportunity to tell the left to get fucked but he blew it. Lets hope he’s learnt a lesson.

  34. 2dogs

    I can imagine there might be some concern if Whitehouse Institute of Design was government run, but it’s not.

    If the principle is that gifts received by family members must be declared, there has been a very large amount of under-reporting.

  35. wreckage

    Here we have a prime reason why, no matter fucking what, no-one with a conscience can vote for the left.

  36. PeterF

    Can anyone remember the “very important ALP figure ” who was being investigated for raping a young woman at an ALP camp many years ago? Remember Tania wanted the accusation investigated ? Anyone know who it was and what was the result of the investigation.About time these scumbags got a taste of their own medicine.

  37. cynical1

    Funny.

    The MSM never seemed that interested in what tip-off alerted a housewife to a nice little earner.

    $150 mil was it?

    Eh, Mrs Rudd…

  38. Quibbler

    Was only a matter of time before this came up in my Facebook feed. What is newmatilda.com?

  39. john constantine

    the media called the rudd family enterprise a business.

    funny enough, it didn’t make things.

    the rudds didn’t make 250 million dollars in twenty years from providing something new to consumers.

    the rudds made 250 million dollars from obtaining governments contracts, and getting the government to pay a profitible margin on the contract.

    the rudds started from nothing, they were not like a big construction company tendering to build a road.

    to a simple farm boy like me,[who has written grant applications, and do know a little about how it works] it seems that it is easier to know how to structure your tender, if you have an insight into the aims and thinking of those that put the project out to tender in the first place, just saying.

    i am sure it was quite reasonable for a senior public servant to have a family company build a 250 million dollar fortune from contracts won through the public service system, i just need it explained to me simply, and the media have never provided me with that simple explanation.

  40. PeterF

    Australia’s most admired intellectual is now a professor at her old university and that only came at a cost of
    $100 million dollars.

  41. MT Isa Miner

    john constantine

    #1315132, posted on May 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

    the media called the rudd family enterprise a business.

    funny enough, it didn’t make things.

    the rudds didn’t make 250 million dollars in twenty years from providing something new to consumers.

    the rudds made 250 million dollars from obtaining governments contracts, and getting the government to pay a profitible margin on the contract.

    the rudds started from nothing, they were not like a big construction company tendering to build a road.

    to a simple farm boy like me,[who has written grant applications, and do know a little about how it works] it seems that it is easier to know how to structure your tender, if you have an insight into the aims and thinking of those that put the project out to tender in the first place, just saying.

    i am sure it was quite reasonable for a senior public servant to have a family company build a 250 million dollar fortune from contracts won through the public service system, i just need it explained to me simply, and the media have never provided me with that simple explanation.

    See that’s our problem, John, you and me are both simple. That’s why I don’t have 250 million. Do you?

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