Tony Abbott’s “we are us” moment

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT

 The Government will not proceed with the proposed changes to the Racial DiscriminationAct 1975 (the Act).

Over the last five months, the Government has undertaken a comprehensive process of community consultation.

We wanted to hear from all stakeholders and all sections of the Australian community on this issue.

We have listened to what you had to say and the Government will not repeal sections 18B, 18C, 18D and 18E of the Act.

At a time when the threat to Australia from extremists is real and growing, we must focus on the things that unite us as Australians.

Everyone needs to be part of ‘Team Australia’.

The Government’s proposals to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act had become a needless complication.

I don’t want to do anything that puts our national unity at risk at this time and so those proposals are now off the table.

This is a call that I have made. It is a leadership call that I have made after discussion with the Cabinet today.

In the end, leadership is about preserving national unity on the essentials and that is why I have taken this decision.

Since 1788, Australia has been an immigrant society.

Successive waves of newcomers eager for a better life have enriched our culture.

We have found unity in our diversity and strength in our differences.

Update: How Abbott actually made the announcement.

…We are also determined to engage in ever closer consultation with communities including the Australian Muslim community.

When it comes to counter-terrorism everyone needs to be part of ‘Team Australia’ and I have to say that the Government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication in that respect. I don’t want to do anything that puts our national unity at risk at this time and so those proposals are now off the table. This is a call that I have made. It is, if you like, a leadership call that I have made after discussion with the Cabinet today. In the end leadership is about preserving national unity on the essentials and that is why I have taken this decision.

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283 Responses to Tony Abbott’s “we are us” moment

  1. Crossie

    Peta Credlin who has sold out the Liberal principles she is supposed to uphold, so she can whiteant your own LDP supporters.

    I don’t know where people got the idea that Credlin has conservative or even Liberal principles.

  2. Tel

    Is reporting the mozzie next door as a possible jihadist a breach of 18C?

    Everyone hide your fridge magnets.

  3. rebel with cause

    It seems the only ‘right’ we have in Australia is the right to welfare. Gather round to eat from the taxpayer trough.

  4. Team Australia

    Sounds like a euphemism for collectivism.

    It seems like something a suit-wearing 20-something spin doctor came up with to appease bogans.
    “They follow sport, don’t they? Let’s appeal to their sporty litle minds and tell them they are on Team Australia.”"

    But personally I am very much an individualist. I’m not into team sport, don’t follow team sports, and usually resist tribal sentiments. I have a negative emotional reaction to the phrase “team Australia.”

  5. This Credlin government makes some frustrating and disappointing decisions.

    But let’s just roll with it. We voted for her, after all.

  6. outsider

    Every now and then you see what your country really is rather than what it feigns to be. It feels like a punch in the face, but – won’t get fooled again. Abbott should stick to organising Lakemba marches, it’s just a stone’s throw from Manly. It won’t stay that way.

  7. Ellen of Tasmania

    we must focus on the things that unite us as Australians.

    I’d like to know what our Prime Minister thinks unites Australians today? A shared shame for being part of the wicked-white-western-world, perhaps?

    The squishy, leftist Liberal Party are part of the problem. They’ve abandoned their name.

  8. Robbo

    “I don’t want to do anything that puts our national unity at risk at this time and so those proposals are now off the table.

    This is a call that I have made”

    That’s a really bad call Tony. It’s one that will lose you votes because the vast majority of those who have been screaming out against the promised changes hate you and your government and they will never vote for you as long as your arse points at the ground. On the other hand there are a great many who welcomed your commitment who will be bitterly disappointed at your decision to not keep that promise and they could well decide to look elsewhere at the next election for someone to support. Count me as one of those people. I have always voted Liberal and I have also worked for the Liberal Party at elections, both Federal and State, for as long as I can remember. Freedom of speech means a lot to me, and I mean a lot, and I cannot support an individual or a Party that does not support that basic great freedom. Think again Prime Minister.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Team Australia needs to sack the coach.

  10. Token

    Team Australia needs to sack the coach.

    Don’t worry, some of the team members are planning to go Syrian on his head.

  11. deiseal

    I have just emailed my local National Party member as well, I am sick to death of the weakness of the Coalition. The moochers are currently the only winners in Australia.

  12. vlad

    I will never be part of Team Australia.

  13. vlad

    I will remain part of Australia.

  14. vlad

    And my final comment for the moment is to urge everyone here to vote 1 Shorten – yes, you read that correctly, and let Tony know why you did so.

  15. TMG

    Ein Volk doesn’t need privacy or free speech.

  16. Darrin Hodges

    Seems that there are very few true Conservatives, if any, in federal or state version of LNP.

  17. MartinG

    MT Isa Miner
    #1406023, posted on August 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

    MartinG

    Bullshit, I’ve pushed it up to 72% to 25%. Do you know why I did that Rich? It’s not ‘cos I’m a cheating bag of shit, it’s because I care. Freedom is to important to sit idly by and not fight…yes god damit fight.

    Delete those cookies and vote and do it again and again until your fingers bleed. I’m going to push it up to 27% but I’m not sure my key board can take much more. Allāhu Akbar

    Mate, even as fucked off as I am with the Libs you crack me up. Go Martin G.

    I’m too fucked off to hold a sword right now- but hold your horses and I’ll be with ya. Allāhu Akbar or Sh’ma Yisrael indeed.

    Troops tired, rations low, keyboard badly damaged but our spirits are high. Good news, even against impossible odds our troops have inflicted stunning victories over the enemies of freedom. From the onset of battle we have moved from 78% to 18% and now stand at 60% to 37%. Allāhu Akbar

  18. so I’ll leave you with a clip from the movie Ruthless People.

    http://youtu.be/pLqfOWdkCqg

    Brilliant!

  19. Infidel Tiger

    And my final comment for the moment is to urge everyone here to vote 1 Shorten – yes, you read that correctly, and let Tony know why you did so.

    I’ll never vote for either of those complete and utter cnuts.

    There are plenty of good voting options. The LDP and FF have brilliant policies and some duds, but they are upfront with them.

  20. xyz

    It figures that Gambaro is on the list. She has form. At the preselection where she initially won, I was one of the other candidates. Before the preselection had even voted, one of her relatives danced in to our room, clutching a bottle of bubbly, crowing of her win. Ooops he said, backing out, at the glowering bunch of hopefuls still sitting there waiting our turn to speak. It later turned out, that Gambaro was not even a member of the Liberal party at that stage, and there was massive effort behind the scenes to “qualify” her, stating that she was really a member at another branch in another electorate and something had gone wrong in the transitioning across. The powers that be in the party, the executive, had selected her with the promise of the Gambaro money. Gambaro had promised to fund the whole campaign herself, with backing from the Gambaro clan. The final insult came some weeks later, when our branch was asked to run morning teas for ladies, at which we were to ask the women attending to contribute money to Gambaro’s campaign for “postage” . So much for Gambaro, she wouldn’t even fork out for her own postage. Needless to say, no one ran any morning teas. (I am no longer a member either).

  21. Hugh

    Abbott desperately needs to recall the words of the poet James McAuley, of whom he is a big admirer :

    “Take from us the coward heart,
    Fleeting will, divided mind.
    Give us sight to play our part,
    Though the world around is blind.”

  22. goatjam

    “From the onset of battle we have moved from 78% to 18% and now stand at 60% to 37%”

    I’ve just voted it up from 39 to 41. Allahu Akbar indeed.

  23. MartinG

    goatjam
    #1406296, posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    “From the onset of battle we have moved from 78% to 18% and now stand at 60% to 37%”

    I’ve just voted it up from 39 to 41. Allahu Akbar indeed.

    Now up to 42, I had one working against me but he can’t clear the cookies as fast as I can. I can get two votes for every one of theirs. Let’s see if Allahu is merciful and grant us healthy testicles so our wives may be productive and we can push the enemies of freedom back even further. Now unto battle. Allahu Akbar

  24. MartinG

    The poll is closed now, but not a bad result. We went from 78% – 18% and pushed it to 55% – 42%.

    Thank you all for your help. Fresh camel milk is being served in my tent. Please leave your rocket propelled grenade launchers outside, and for the love of Allah take off those exploding undergarments.

  25. incoherent rambler

    Ali, what does this red button do?

  26. Empire

    Fisky
    #1405980, posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Those five legal cases where Jewish ethnic community groups…

    Fisky – you have repeatedly reminded folks that S18 does not mention religion, yet in Jones v Tobin, McEvoy found:

    I am satisfied to direct an act towards Jewish people in Australia is to direct that act towards people on the basis of their “ethnic origin” as Jews. I am satisfied this aspect of section 18C is therefore fulfilled.

    Believers of Judaism do not share a single common ethnic ancestry.

    What’s to stop Muslims working this? I guess a fair slice of Western Sydney could probably claim Lebanese ethnicity. Section 18 is a can of worms.

    Abbott is a coward. He must be arrested forthwith, publicly flogged, salted and transported to that miserable socialist hellhole on the other side of the Earth whence he came.

  27. DaveA

    A single minority, often whacky, religious group’s concerns cited in decision not to affect legislation all of us are subject to. From this day on ‘Abbott’ to be synonymous with ‘sell-out.

    Actually it’s like, “because they have this tendency to want to kill us, we must bow to them”. That’s just fucking loony.

  28. Interested observer

    “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – Sun Tzu “The Art of War”

    Much as I admire and support the views so forthrightly expressed at the Cat, I believe this is a sound strategic decision by our Prime Minister. The Senate is vigorously opposing each and every reform required to put our country back into safe hands. Slight cracks in the wall of obstinacy are appearing when individual policies are explained in words of one syllable. The priority now is to get sufficient legislation through the Senate that Labor and (whose) ABC can choke on. This battle can be postponed until the elected Australian government actually has control of the Senate.

  29. vlad

    It’s a two-party system, and when your own side fails you, they have to be taught the hardest of lessons: vote for the others, even if they’re worse.

  30. Empire

    Hi Vlad.

    Power must be captured on the right, never ceded to the left. There can be no argument about this.

  31. iamok

    Vlad, please. There is a limit to vengeful, and nonsensical ideas and you may have reached it my friend. That is called a pyrrhic victory. Surely you jest. Baby/bathwater anyone?

  32. struth

    The libs need to know their votes will be going to the LDP.
    Not Labor.
    The LDP and worried back benchers are our only hope.
    Labor got rid of a dud prime minister when they got worried and libs can too.
    These pricks have never had a greater mandate to act like liberals . The country voted them in to do it.
    I fear that our politically lethargic nation won’t know or care about this, but will get upset, as before, if they think the government is tracking their porn preferences.
    “Team Australia”……….really?
    How pathetic.
    What an insane place Australia has become.
    Look around at the lethargy and compliance.
    Everywhere you look, and I mean everywhere, Australians are generally submissive and act as if already beaten.
    Dumbed down, hi viz shirt wearing, compliant, lazy , and deserving of everything that’s coming to them.
    I generalise, and of course that does not include Cats .
    Some say to me ….”it’s the way of the world” to which I reply, no, it’s the way of Australia.
    I believe that when it comes to personal freedom, many countries are much better than this shit hole.

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