Tony Abbott’s farewell speech

This is not an easy day for many people.
Leadership changes are never easy for our country.
My pledge today is to make this change as easy as I can.
There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.
I have never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.
Our country deserves better than that.
I want our Government and our country to succeed. I always have and I always will.
I have consistently said – in Opposition and in Government – that being the Prime Minister is not an end in itself: it is about the people you serve.
The great privilege that I have had is to see the wonder of this country like few others and I want to thank the Australian people for giving me the honour to serve.
Yes, this is a tough day, but when you join the game you accept the rules.
I have held true to what I believed and I am proud of what we have achieved over the past two years.
300,000 more people are in jobs.
Labor’s bad taxes are gone.
We have signed Free Trade Agreements with our largest trading partners – with Japan, with Korea, and with China.
The biggest infrastructure programme in our country’s history is under way.
A spotlight is being shone into the dark and corrupt corners of the union movement and Labor’s party/union business model.
We have responded to the threats of terror and we have deployed to the other side of the world to bring our loved ones home.
The boats have stopped – and with the boats stopped, we’ve been better able to display our compassion to refugees.
And despite hysterical and unprincipled opposition, we’ve made $50 billion of repairs to the budget.
Of course, there’s much that I had still wanted to do: constitutional recognition of Indigenous people – getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe.
I was the first Prime Minister to spend a week a year in remote Indigenous Australia, and I hope I’m not the last.
Then there’s the challenge of ice and domestic violence, yet to be addressed.
Australia has a role to play in the struggles of the wider world: the cauldron of the Middle East, and security in the South China Sea and elsewhere.
I fear that none of this will be helped if the leadership instability that’s plagued other countries continues to taint us.
But yes, I am proud of what the Abbott Government has achieved.
We stayed focused despite the white-anting.
Of course, the Government wasn’t perfect.
We have been a Government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth.
Few of us, after all, entirely measure up to expectations.
The nature of politics has changed in the past decade.
We have more polls and more commentary than ever before – mostly sour, bitter, character assassination.
Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country and a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery.
And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to; refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife.
There are many to thank for the privilege of being Prime Minister.
First and foremost, I thank my family for allowing me to be the absentee spouse and parent that politics entails.
I thank Margie for her grace and dignity throughout my public life.
I thank my party for the privilege of leading it.
I thank the armed forces who are serving our country and defending our values, even as we speak.
I thank my staff who have been absolutely unceasing in their devotion to our party and our country, especially my Chief of Staff who has been unfairly maligned by people who should have known better.
Finally, I thank my country for the privilege of service.
It is humbling to lose, but that does not compare to the honour of being asked to lead.
In my Maiden Speech here in this Parliament, I quoted from the first Christian service ever preached here in Australia.
The Reverend Richard Johnson took as his text, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me?”
At this, my final statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service.
My love for this country is as strong as ever and may God bless this great Commonwealth.

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223 Responses to Tony Abbott’s farewell speech

  1. feelthebern

    All class.
    But fb will say “Too much god” & “he didn’t acknowledge the traditional owners of the land”.

  2. daggers

    Compare this with Malcolm’s waffle.

  3. Old woman of the north

    This speech brought me to tears. An honourable man undermined by selfish egotists and a poisonous campaign by leftists who hate to see someone who is truly honourable because they reveal their shallowness.

    My only regret is that this type of speech was not written and given to communicate with the Australian people but of course, the ABC would have refused to broadcast it.

  4. pete m

    lol imagine Malcolm spending 1 week at a remote community – hahahaha – take Julia with you mate – maybe she can explain things for you.

  5. Steve tickler

    No water works from the tear ducts.

  6. A great pity this quality of speech was not delivered when he had to sell the hard work of budget repair to the Australian people.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    Just like his first speech in the Parliament on 31 May, 1994 Tony Abbott’s final speech 21 years later, though shorter, is as thoughtful and magnificent. This is how a decent man acts. Not like those who have been rewarded for indecent duplicity and naked ambition. Thank you Tony Abbott for your service to our nation. I am sorry you have been so poorly treated and so thoroughly betrayed by lesser people. All the very best

  8. I Am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    Nothing so became his Prime Ministership as the leaving of it.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Turnbull has agreed to spend 1 week at a remote community and has booked into the Rydges in Parramatta.

  10. Boilerplate twaddle from a failed leader.

    He proved himself to be a classic socialist, and went to his doom like a classic weak prime minister.

    Ridiculous stuff.

    As for the mealy mouthed rubbish about the media – being no good at the modern spin the lapdog media requires is fine, if you are a conviction politician who crashes or crashes through. Instead, Abbott squibbed each and every hard task.

    Howard, he ain’t.

  11. jupes

    Suck on that Barry Cassidy.

    No congratulations for the scum who deposed him.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Howard, he ain’t.

    Howard was a big government anti-freedom scumbag.

  13. Andrew

    Abbott is a class act…far more humble than Turnbull ever has been

  14. Rabz

    Have read that speech with very mixed feelings. My goodness, how he failed to live up to the expectations we had of him as a leader.

    Surrounding himself and stacking his ministry with ridiculous mediocrities and treacherous, lazy imbeciles didn’t help.

  15. rickw

    Howard was a big government anti-freedom scumbag.

    Second that!

  16. Ubique

    Tony Abbott as PM was too decent and caring to survive in the shallow, superficial world of modern day politics. He wanted to please everyone, which is plainly impossible, especially while half of the nation would not give him credit for anything and wanted to see him dead. Thank you for your unselfish years of service Mr Abbott.

  17. mr skeletor

    I somehow doubt Turdbulls exit speech will be anything of that quality.
    Or that short.

  18. Nice speech. Abbott is upstanding and a good bloke but I still cannot come to terms with how he turned into such a bloody coward, either his heart was never in it or he was just plain stooopid. I think he is one of those fools who took the mantra “keep you friends close and your enemies closer” way too literally. You DON’T give your enemy a Ministry and access to a $1 billion propaganda unit that hates your guts and then complain that they eviscerated you. He couldn’t fight the traitors in his own midst and certainly couldn’t take on those outside. Being nice and being an imbecile is a deadly combination in politics.

  19. eb

    Howard was a big government anti-freedom scumbag

    Maybe, but he was still as close as you’re gonna get to a libertarian prime minister that you’ll ever see in this country.

  20. Alex

    Australia weep, we did not deserve him.

  21. jupes

    Maybe, but he was still as close as you’re gonna get to a libertarian prime minister that you’ll ever see in this country.

    Yea because nothing says libertarian like banning folks from choosing their own light bulbs.

  22. Aussiepundit

    So much for going out with class. This is just a string of land mines for Turnbull. He lists only those achievements that conservatives would approve of, has thrown his big-spending welfare mania down the memory hole, and makes no mention of his large portfolio of progressive projects, (en constitutional change). This is an attempt to sell himself as the man of the Right, in contrast to Turnbull. it’s just a fiction. Abbott repeatedly ignored, neglected and went against his base, and repeatedly – but unsuccessfully – tried to court progressives.

    Also, the comment about budget “repair” is misleading. Abbott and Hockey were the biggest spending team in Australian political history. Yes, they tried to repair the budget, but they failed spectacularly, partly because of their faith in Treasury partly because of their ham fisted desire to build budget consensus, and partly because of Abbotts terror of a double dissolution.

    He did not repair the budget. The most generous thing that can be said is that he tried but failed.

    This item, “budget repair”, only made it into his speech as a further attempt to portray him as the totem of the Right, thus portraying Turnbull, by implication and contrast, as if the left.

    That’s been Abbott’s strategy against Turnbull for some time, and this is just a continuation.

  23. Craig Mc

    Turnbull has agreed to spend 1 week at a remote community and has booked into the Rydges in Parramatta.

    I’m so stealing this.

  24. jumpnmcar

    Monkton predicted it.
    Stephen Harper, the Canadia PM is next.

  25. Rob

    I somehow doubt Turdbulls exit speech will be anything of that quality.
    Or that short

    But it will be greatly anticipated.

  26. jumpnmcar

    Oh, if that Clip starts in the middle just drag it back to the beginning, it’s only 3.5 minutes long.

  27. stackja

    “Few of us, after all, entirely measure up to expectations.”
    Except the expectation that the ALP will finish the job of destroying Australia.

  28. whyisitso

    Australia weep, we did not deserve him.

    So true, Alex.

  29. Fred Lenin

    As Abbott and his gang destroyed Pauline Hansen ,so Kevin Turnbull and Jooliar Bishop destroted him both these destructions were accomplihed with the complicity of the communist meeja ,academic bludgers ,” career ” political wankers and the green/ alp/ communist/ union mafia slime .wonder if Kevin turnbull will shunt tge TURC to one side ,to protect tge merchant wankers union mafia collaborators.?

  30. Eddystone

    The biggest infrastructure programme in our country’s history is under way.

    Is he talking about the NBN?

    That’s some chutzpah taking credit for that white elephant.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    A patriotic speech. We see too few of those. Honourable too.
    Thank you Tony Abbott for stopping the boats and axing the carbon tax. These signal achievements will be your legacy long remembered and appreciated. True Blue, mate.

  32. JC

    Mark Kenny proves he is a hate filled creep to the very end:

    Ya think that’s newsworthy at the Cat? 🙂

  33. His farewell speech made sense..so much he said prior, never did

  34. Ant

    A class act, as I expect from any conservative leader.

  35. Tintarella di Luna

    The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
    — Marcus Aurelius

    I found that quote in Liberty quotes — seems quite apt at the moment.

  36. wreckage

    All class.

    I sincerely hope Turnbull isn’t as shit at his job as he is at being a (n honourable) man.

  37. Gab

    Compare that speech to the vitriol Turnbull used against Abbott when he announced he was going ahead with the coup. Turnbull has no class at all and is a vindictive little man.

  38. Is he talking about the NBN?

    That’s some chutzpah taking credit for that white elephant.

    About as useful and suited to purpose as the Maginot and Siegfreid Lines.

  39. Tom

    Many thanks for posting this, Sinc. Abbott was a shit leader, advised by Machiavelllians who tried to turn him into a luvvee automaton and an underminer of the public interest in their own image who was never allowed to express his own beliefs on any subject. However, his skewering of the unethical bastardry of political activists pretending to be journalists who worked singlemindedly for two years to bring him down was surgical:

    We have more polls and more commentary than ever before – mostly sour, bitter, character assassination.
    Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country and a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery.
    And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to; refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife.

    (Liberty quote in bold)

  40. Turnbull has no class at all and is a vindictive little man.

    Gab, Turnbull is Rudd 2.
    And will crash and burn in the same way.
    His legacy will be to go down in the same pantheon as RGR.

  41. Struth

    Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?

  42. Craig Mc

    Tony might not be vindictive, but for mine – Carthago delenda est.

  43. Gab

    I’ve been meaning to mention that Turnbull’s dump the PM speech seemed to have a lot of the same words taken from gillard’s speech when she knifed Rudd. Just an observation.

  44. Gab

    Gab, Turnbull is Rudd 2.

    I said so two weeks ago so it must be true 😀

  45. Craig Mc

    Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?

    My three victorian senators were among the ringleaders.

    I guess they’re relying on Lib voters forgetting their part by the time they come up for reelection. I won’t. I’ve carved their names into my skin Max Cady style.

  46. Tintarella di Luna

    “Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?”

    I know how mine voted – the cur. I have sent a letter post haste expressing my displeasure in no uncertain terms, I have not used expletives but used many while typing it.

  47. Empire

    Nice speech from a good bloke.

    I can’t reconcile this:

    We have more polls and more commentary than ever before – mostly sour, bitter, character assassination.
    Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country and a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery
    .

    With this

    especially my Chief of Staff who has been unfairly maligned by people who should have known better.

    I could be wrong, but it seemed that Credlin was guilty of poll chasing (poorly).

  48. Slayer of Memes

    Cant get an answer from my local (Liberal) member’s electoral staff about which way he voted…

  49. Empire

    Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?

    Self interest, guaranteed.

  50. Aaron

    Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?

    My MP voted for the Prime Minister and has been a loyal backer through all the challenges. Shame he was never rewarded with a portfolio as he does a better job than most of the dunces on the frontbench.

  51. John Comnenus

    Abbott is a very decent man who’s virtues of loyalty and modesty precluded him from being the ruthless egotist we demand of the incumbent in the job.

    He was far more decent to his friends and allies than they ever were to him:

    A decent Hockey, B Bishop and Peta Credlin would have resigned rather than play on Abbott’s loyalty until this virtue became liability.

    But in the end you cant blame the Libs for voting to keep their jobs – they were so going to lose under Abbott. Unfortunately Abbott hit his level of incompetence, and his speech seems to accept that fact.

  52. Craig Mc

    Cant get an answer from my local (Liberal) member’s electoral staff about which way he voted…

    Dodging and weaving the question is a clear answer to me.

  53. Craig Mc

    But in the end you cant blame the Libs for voting to keep their jobs – they were so going to lose under Abbott.

    And they might lose even worse now. I’ll be doing my part.

  54. Slayer of Memes

    Same… but I’d like to get the straight word before I consign him to the bottom of the ballot..

  55. Roger

    A great pity this quality of speech was not delivered when he had to sell the hard work of budget repair to the Australian people.

    +1

    We finally saw the real Tony Abbott.

    Too late, alas.

    If only he hadn’t paid so much heed to his advisers.

  56. jumpnmcar

    Turnbull is Rudd 2.

    No, Turnbull did a Gillard.

  57. Megan

    Thank you Tony for your service. You can go out confident you have behaved honorably and with integrity even if your political delivery was somewhat lacking.

  58. Grover

    May God bless this great commonwealth… And may he curse Turnbull for his treachery .

  59. jumpnmcar

    Abbott didn’t even cry, that’s a plus.
    Turnbull will.

  60. Ubique

    Has anyone found out which way their local member voted?

    Our electorate, being Fremantle, is a Labor-Green stronghold at Federal, State and local level. Is it any wonder that Fremantle is a toilet full of boarded-up shops and dirty streets? And that half of the unkempt, drug-addled layabouts on the streets are rapacious municipal parking inspectors?

    The Fremantle City Council is so far left that it publicly blamed shop closures on greedy landlords asking too much rent.

  61. And Another Thing

    Well, I’d like to thank a man of rare decency for his service to Australia, leaving the country a better place. Don’t know what he has planned for the future, but he deserves better than what politics has become.

  62. .

    “Treachery”?

    This is how the Parliamentary system works.

  63. Tom

    The big business cartel was trying to talk up the Turncoat coup’s ability to influence consumer and business confidence, but people with real skin in the game weren’t falling for that bullshit:

    The sharemarket has passed judgment on whether a government led by a republic-loving, pro gay marriage, business-friendly former merchant banker will be superior to that presided over by an ex pugilist Rhodes scholar with a penchant for blue ties and rhyming slogans, writes Tim Boreham. The verdict? Investors either don’t care or will believe the promise of more efficacious government when they see it.

    … by noon the bourse had lost 1 per cent…

  64. wreckage

    Well, Abbott could have been The Real Abbott. For all we know HE WAS The Real Abbott; and IMO The Real Abbott didn’t do himself any favours whatsoever.

    People say Turnbull has terrible judgement, but Abbott appointed himself Minister for Women and gave an OA to fucking Prince Phillip, AFTER spending his initial election campaign undermining himself in advance, and allowed Hockey to go on pissing on the economic centre-Right on a weekly basis.

    And he apologised at the drop of a hat, which made him look even worse; it as much as declared that even HE found his own judgement regrettable, and immediately fucked anyone who’d defended Abbott’s actions.

    Which was one of my major problems with the guy: you COULDN’T defend anything he said or did because within 10 days he’d be apologizing for it and throwing you , as a result, under the bus; the guy did more under-bus-throwing than an Obama family reunion.

    His quickness to do so meant that he had spent his entire career as PM undermining his own support.

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Abbott is a very decent man who’s virtues of loyalty and modesty precluded him from being the ruthless egotist we demand of the incumbent in the job.

    Well said.

    To mis quote the late David Hackworth, (U.S. Army, retired) Australia needs a “stud and a a warrior” to clean up the rockshow the Rudd Gilliard Rudd reign of terror left behind. Tony Abbott lacked the killer instinct, but Malcolm Turnbull strikes me as the ultimate “dancer and prancer.”

  66. wreckage

    We’ll see if Turnbull can bring as much mongrel to bear on his enemies as on his erstwhile friends.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.
    I have never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.

    Ha, ha.
    I think he might have just done a bit of sniping.
    Who on earth could he be talking about?

  68. Ant

    “And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to; refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife.”

    You listening, Arthur (Mr $10M wheeler-dealer – or was it $20M?), Julie and some others.

    That’s meant for you.

    BTW, fat chance of that ever happening – particularly if the Libs are in government.

  69. Walter Plinge

    Tony Abbott does a good speech but only when it’s prepared. Off-the-cuff he’s hesitant, prevaricates and um-and-ahs – at least from the examples I’ve seen. You need to be able to extemporise confidently and fluently to deal with the feral media and that’s something Tony Abbott couldn’t manage. I saw him the Bolt Report once. You’d think being interviewed on that show he’d manage a decent performance, even when hard-pressed by Bolt, but it was woeful. Embarrassing to watch.

  70. wreckage

    Why would they refuse to make money? This kinda shit is what they get paid for.

  71. Quibbler

    Is anyone able to post a list of who voted for whom?

  72. Ant

    WP, couldn’t agree more.

    He was painful to watch and listen to to the point where I wanted, if I could, to reach into the TV and slap him.

    Of course, years of being held to impossible a different standard by the “febrile” media class never helped that situation.

  73. Memoryvault

    Abbott is a very decent man who’s virtues of loyalty and modesty precluded him from being the ruthless egotist we demand of the incumbent in the job.

    Pauline Hanson might have a different view on Abbott’s “virtues”.

  74. Tom

    Listen to this intellectual pygmy and raging Abbott hater’s “analysis”:

    Insiders say the right is now functionally split. There are those who are conservative by preference and yet economy-minded, determinedly pluralist, and occasionally progressive on issues. These are “traditional” big “L” Liberals in the Menzian vein.

    Then there are the authoritarian reactionaries – a new and uncompromising form of evangelical Christians with a Tea Party-style dedication to political combat and a loathing for moderate liberal permissiveness.

    For these hardliners, the Liberal Party brand has only ever been a vehicle, a means to a conservative end. They hate good and they hate no-one more than those whom they see as the dissemblers and soft liberals within their own ranks.

    For now, they have been set back. But in the medium term, they have a new cause, a new enemy personified, and perhaps even, a new martyr.

    Fauxfacts clown prince Greg Hywood thinks people will pay money to read such mongoloid “quality journalism”. FMD.

  75. Delta A

    Tony Abbott does a good speech but only when it’s prepared. Off-the-cuff he’s hesitant, prevaricates and um-and-ahs

    True, but who can blame him? He knew that the media, the twitterati, half his own party and other assorted luvvies were waiting on tenterhooks for him to utter the slightest slip, or smile at the wrong instant, or wink.

    Thank you, Tony Abbott. You did your best. Too late did you realize that decency has no part in politics these days.

  76. No no no no no. Abbott had a golden opportunity to further the conservative cause the moment he won the leadership spill by a single vote from Turnbull.
    He stuffed up in 2010 when any semi decent conservative should have gotten over the line. He stuffed up again in 2013 but managed to get over the line in an election that could have been won by a drovers dog.
    He stuffed up yet again by betraying his base starting with the decision NOT TO fight the 18c treason, by introducing new taxes and raising others, and by shifting the budget debate from one of “need to cut desperately” to “need more revenue desperately”.
    All in all, Tony Abbott was a classic top notch 2IC who didn’t measure up when the buck stopped at his desk. No good blaming the media or anyone else.

    As far as Turnbull is concerned, I’ll never ever support the White Ant of Wentworth. Nothing matters to him other than the White Ant of Wentworth.

  77. JC

    True, but who can blame him? He knew that the media, the twitterati, half his own party and other assorted luvvies were waiting on tenterhooks for him to utter the slightest slip, or smile at the wrong instan

    And so?

  78. JohnA

    feelthebern #1797678, posted on September 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    All class.
    But fb will say “Too much god” & “he didn’t acknowledge the traditional owners of the land”.

    The two statements are contradictory – God owns the land, and we are ALL stewards of what He puts into our hands.

    NB: “traditional” doesn’t mean they hold it in radical title or fee simple absolute. It means that their putative ownership is merely asserted in the absence of any better claims.

  79. Delta A

    And so they pounced on it, JC, writhing in glorious ecstasy that PM Abbott had a sly wink while listening to a lying old bird who was trying a mega gotcha. And it worked! So any mention of any PM achievements was drowned out by twitterati outrage. Then rinse, repeat.

  80. JC

    He never ever fought back, delta. Never even tried. All that sort of stuff happened to him, but never showed any interest in escalating.

  81. Malcolm

    I thought Tony’s speech was good.

    He also didn’t wail like a baby or have his family with him as props in a bad soap opera like Rudd.

    His promise to not damage or undermine is what Turnbull will never be able to do. Or for that matter ask for or expect loyalty or cabinet solidarity because he never gave it.

  82. Gab

    I thought Tony’s speech was good.

    He also didn’t wail like a baby or have his family with him as props in a bad soap opera like Rudd.

    More importantly, what the media and the twitterati want to know is how many flags Abbott had behind him.

  83. Lysander

    RT: Essential Poll just out 30 seconds ago: 52/48 in ALP favour.

  84. srr

    Abbott sacking was personal

    http://www.theage.com.au/content/dam/images/g/j/n/4/v/o/image.related.homepagePortrait.300×370.gjmv0r.2f8s9.png/1442299810103.jpg

    COMMENT Yes, it was about polls. But it was also about Peta Credlin.
    Many Liberals believed she had to go, even if it meant getting rid of Abbott.

  85. Splatacrobat

    Great speech. He suffered plenty of slings and arrows. Much like Howard refused to respond to his detractors, Abbott acted honourably. Unfortunately it was to his detriment. He had the swagger but failed to go the stink.
    The faceless men in this tawdry episode are not Turnbull’s backers. They have faces and they are Fairfax, ABC, Social media mummy bloggers and the union propaganda machine.

  86. Gab

    Essential Poll just out 30 seconds ago: 52/48 in ALP favour.

    But but what happened to all those Labor voters who said they’d vote for the Libs if only Turncoat was the leader?

  87. Lysander

    Sorry Poll is from 10-14 September.

  88. Infidel Tiger

    Was always going to be hard for Abbott when he surrounded himself with complete incompetents like Brandis and Pyne. Brandis who destroyed the 18c reforms and Pyne who failed to get a single education reform passed in 2 years. And remember the terrible start he had when his Assistant Treasurer Arfur Slimydinosaur was hauled before ICAC after it was found he was the front for a company that would slip him $20mill when its illegal dealings paid off.

    Turnbull will have to get rid of those guys quick smart. What’s that? He’s keeping them? No, he’s promoting them!

  89. John Comnenus

    Abbott was the opposite of the way he was painted, the pugilist who refused to fight, the slasher and burner who spent more, the revenue slasher who raised the most tax in our history, the arrogant bastard who was humble and loyal. Alas he was to humble to portray his positives and to kind to dispatch those who needed to go.

    But he did get rid of Rudd – Gillard – Rudd, sealed the borders, took national security seriously and scrapped the carbon and mining taxes. So he wasn’t all bad, but in the end he just couldn’t be inclusive and couldn’t win. He made the exact same mistakes he destroyed Gillard and Rudd for – breaking promises and being a micro manager. His own experience with Gillard and Rudd should have predicted his own demise.

    Hopefully Turnbull has learn’t, keep your promises (really important re gay marriage and especially global warming), rule through a proper cabinet process and be steady not flashy. Most people do not want to hear about politics until budgets and elections – meet their expectation.

  90. Delta A

    He never ever fought back, delta. Never even tried.

    Yes, I know! That’s what was so frustrating, that he turned not only his own cheek, but also the cheeks of his entire voter base. The media twigged to this ingrained Christian habit early in the piece and took greedy advantage of it.

  91. Infidel Tiger

    Tony was a bad leader of a terrible party.

    Now we have fresh meat to destroy.

  92. Gab

    Many in the media and in the unions declared on the very night Abbott was voted in by a clear majority, that they would do everything they could to bring Abbott down. And they’ve succeeded.

  93. Splatacrobat

    meet their expectation.

    My only expectation is leave me alone and don’t be Labor.

  94. Gab

    So what’s happened to old rolypoly Hockey? Is he still Treasurer?

  95. Jeremy Steyer

    Abbott, a true statesman who deserved a better party to lead and a better country to govern.

    The fact that he helped to create the climate of this modern age by helping orchestrate the death of One Nation is poetic justice but cold comfort.

  96. Aussiepundit

    So what’s happened to old rolypoly Hockey? Is he still Treasurer?

    There will be no ministerial changes this week. Other than Abbott and Turnbull, they all stay in their existing jobs until next week, when presumably there will be a substantial change in the lineup.

  97. Aussiepundit

    Off-the-cuff he’s hesitant, prevaricates and um-and-ahs – at least from the examples I’ve seen. You need to be able to extemporise confidently and fluently to deal with the feral media and that’s something Tony Abbott couldn’t manage. I saw him the Bolt Report once. You’d think being interviewed on that show he’d manage a decent performance, even when hard-pressed by Bolt, but it was woeful. Embarrassing to watch.

    Yeah, I remember that interview too.
    I couldn’t watch it all the way to the end, I was getting so embarrassed on Abbott’s behalf. It honestly made me cringe.

  98. Splatacrobat

    So what’s happened to old rolypoly Hockey? Is he still Treasurer?

    He’s clearing out his humidor

  99. Norman Church

    One of the weaknesses of conservatism is the tendency not to tamper with anything that has become part of the furniture. This simply plays into the hands of the left who are constantly trying to change society to conform with their own belief structure. Over time, there is a slow drift to the left and economic and social views that were considered mainstream become regarded as extreme right wing or reactionary. Damaging and growth-sapping institutions and policy positions become untouchable scared cows; permanently free from criticism or reform. From my observations of his tenacity in opposition, I had hoped that the former PM would be one of those radical conservatives, like Maggie Thatcher, who had the courage and fortitude to wind back the gains of the left. This is despite his obvious DLP tendencies. In this respect, the former PM was a grave disappointment. This all became clear with the capitulation on s18C and the move to permanently entrench government spending at the “emergency” levels imposed by Comrade Swan during the GFC. I do not who was advising the former PM. There is a real hunger on the part of the public for authentic leaders willing to break from the stultifying Canberra zeitgeist. To my mind, the public (other than the usual suspects) will respond ecstatically to politicians who have the guts to tell the cultural Marxists and PC crowd to stick it up their jumper provided that, in so doing, they explain what they stand for rather than simply what they stand against. For example, one must say that one stands for equality for everybody and freedom from discrimination and that is why one is opposed to quotas and privileges for special interest groups. Otherwise, the ALPBC and twitterati have the easy way out and can simply say that one is fuelled by hatred rather than principle. Perhaps this is understood by the new PM and motivated his reference to freedom, markets, growth etc. I hope so although my suspicion is that the new PM is actually a captive of the rigid orthodoxies of the metropolitan elite and he will use freedom as a justification for the imposition of his views on SSM on the public. The express mention of PM Key in NZ was encouraging because the NZ experience shows that good policy, well explained and well executed, delivers both tangible economic rewards and electoral success. We should be looking there for inspiration and guidance. We shall see soon enough whether the new Turnbull government has the courage and powers of persuasion that have enabled the NZ Nationals to introduce the types of reforms that are badly needed for Australia to thrive.

  100. Norman Church

    My bad. I do not know who ..,

  101. Aussiepundit

    Many in the media and in the unions declared on the very night Abbott was voted in by a clear majority, that they would do everything they could to bring Abbott down. And they’ve succeeded.

    No, Gab.

    Abbott has failed to connect with the electorate and defeat was inevitable. That was not caused by Turnbull, or even by the media. It was due to his poor communication style, his micromanagement via Credlin, his misplaced trust in old mates like Hockey and Bronwyn Bishop, and broken promises.

    All of those things are on Abbott’s head, and his alone.

    His office has been for several months frantically selling him as the One True Conservative, and has seen all Abbott’s troubles as being due to stabilisation from Turnbull. One prominent journalist (hello AB) seems to have gone along with this line. But it’s just not true. Abbott’s unpopularity is not due to leaks or cabinet dissent. It is entirely due to him. That’s why I can’t stand this maudlin sentimentalising that’s going on at this blog about Abbott, like a fallen Braveheart, and the manichean distrust of Turnbull. This polarity between the two is just a fiction concocted by political operators.

  102. C.L.

    Turnbull has agreed to spend 1 week at a remote community and has booked into the Rydges in Parramatta.

    Comment of the day.

  103. Gab

    No, Gab.

    Yes, they did becuase I recall hearing about it, seeing it on twitter and reading about it next day in the media.

  104. C.L.

    Go, Gab!
    —————————–
    Actually, Turnbull probably considers The Lodge a modest lean-to in a remote community.

  105. Gab

    Actually, Turnbull probably considers The Lodge a modest lean-to in a remote community.

    Our multi-millionaire prime-minister-in-faking thinks the Lodge is where his servants spend their days off.

  106. Habib

    Turnbull at least made his own money.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I know how my local member voted. My electorate is called Wentworth.

  108. Empire

    Don’t know what he has planned for the future, but he deserves better than what politics has become.

    He was a jouro once. With some time out of the game and a long leash, he could be an influential print commentator.

    I’d like to see him beat up on fucktards. He does have mongrel. He might even succeed at broadcast once he can speak freely, but I doubt we’ll ever see him spruik Austrian.

  109. wreckage

    Abbott-Hockey were moving to the left of Rudd.

    They had zero economic nous.

    Good fucking riddance to their management, though I am convinced they were both decent people they were NOT a conservative government.

  110. Sally Moore

    Many of you Cats are nasty cruel beasts. Leave the man be. And stop the vile language. it’s not the right time for it now.

  111. JC

    STFU Sally. Don’t give us any school marm orders Go clean the kitchen.

  112. Gab

    Anyone heard from Mark Latham?

  113. Huck

    Just sent this to my local Senator:

    Good evening Senator/underlings/to whomever may take the time to read this:
    I believe your intention was to vote for Mr Turnbull and you did in fact, vote for Ms Bishop in last night’s leadership spill.
    I will now preference you last when I vote below the line in the next Federal election.
    Please remove me from your mailing list, I never wish to hear from you again.
    Pathetic.
    Treacherous.
    Coward.
    (Dis) Honourable.
    Sincerely yours,
    Huck.

  114. Aussiepundit

    Paul Sheehan is right on the money.
    Credlin was Abbott’s biggest fatal flaw. He was sacked, in large part, because they wanted (and needed) to get rid of Credlin, and Abbott wouldn’t let that happen.

    This was a fundamental error of judgement by Abbott which proved fatal. He had been given a stark warning in February: get rid of your chief of staff and stop your office micro-managing the government, or you will be sacked.

    Abbott was told, explicitly, by numerous people including his political hero, John Howard, that Credlin had become Abbott’s problem.

    He chose the kamikaze option. His dependence on Credlin, and his belief in her, was so great and so obdurate that it contributed to a diminution of his standing in the party room, one pre-condition to his removal.

    Allowing a staffer to become a prime ministerial alter ego contributed to an element of inauthenticity? to his leadership. This was picked up by the electorate, which has an excellent radar for such things.

  115. Mr skeletor

    Has aussiepundit been officially exposed as Lucy Turnbull.

  116. Anne

    And so they pounced on it, JC, writhing in glorious ecstasy that PM Abbott had a sly wink while listening to a lying old bird who was trying a mega gotcha. And it worked!

    Sadly, Abbott didn’t have the wherewithal to simply say to that low-budget biddy – It is not the responsibility of your fellow Australians to support your lifestyle. You should seek to do that for yourself by any legal means!

  117. David

    My local member voted for Tony Abbott.

    He’ll get my vote at the next election and I have told him so.

  118. Tom

    He just has not learnt – like a kid he still blames others. In opposition it was Labor’s fault. In Govt it was Labor’s and a feral senate’s fault. In defeat it is the media’s fault. He was never adult enough to lead an adult Govt – he NEVER had a sense of responsibility.
    The hypocrisy is still glaringly obvious – “We stayed focused despite the white-anting”. Then how do you explain ALL of those back flips? “white-anting”? Serious. Seven months ago you were on notice from your own party who were out front with their opposition. You had 39 of your own MPs vote for an empty chair. Since then you have offered nothing except fear and more hypocrisy.

    “We have more polls” You only challenged MT because he was low in the polls. You taunted Rudd and Gillard to step down or call an early election when they were low in the polls. Now YOUR poor performance in the polls has caused YOUR DEMISE!
    “ and more commentary than ever before – mostly sour, bitter, character assassination.” That is all you ever had in opposition and in Govt. It wore thin when it was realised that you were not made of anything else.

    “a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery.” You owe your rise on such disgusting media bias which covered up your many ‘sins’ while over blowing the faults of opponents. You were encouraged in your folly because the media never held you to account before or after the election.
    In the end you could not save yourself because you had nothing – it was obvious when you were a part of MrHoward’s Govt – it was manifest when you were opposition, and it was so clear when you were PM when it punched the majority between the eyes.
    Try to spend your remaining years growing up. One day, after much effort and with the help of God, you may become an adult who is true to his word and takes responsibility for his OWN faults.

  119. candy

    Don’t be a silly billy, Aussiepundit.

    TA was brought down because M. Turnbull and J. Bishop and S. Morrison to some extent stabbed him in the back after nearly a year leaking and sabotaging confidential info from Cabinet etc and not supporting positive outcomes from policies.

    Now, TA made some errors, no doubt. But he would still be PM if it were not for the knifers.

  120. calli

    My local member voted for Tony Abbott.

    He’ll get my vote at the next election and I have told him so.

    Is there a link for the way the votes fell? I have been searching to no avail. Then I realised that Cats would know.

  121. David

    Calli the only reason I know my local member voted for TA was he said so to a journo. Mentioned some others as well. Will have to trawl a bit to find the link.

  122. David

    Calli there is a link at Craig Mc at 4:14. Mentions some and which way they voted.

  123. Andrew

    Is there a link for the way the votes fell? I have been searching to no avail. Then I realised that Cats would know.

    I know roughly most of the votes off the top of my head. Could type a list out.

  124. calli

    David, I understand my old Federal member, Ruddock, voted for Turnbull.

    My disgust knows no bounds. I am so glad I moved, even to a den of socialist iniquity (state).

  125. Infidel Tiger

    Did Bronwyn Bishop stay loyal to Abbott?

  126. feelthebern

    Calli there is no way he voted for Abbott.
    Ruddock is some grand wizard mason who openly bags Catholics.
    He hates Tony.

  127. feelthebern

    No, bishop did not vote for tony.

  128. Infidel Tiger

    If Bronwyn turned then she needs a hard kick in the slats.

  129. Gab

    How they voted:

    Senior ministers including Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Ian Macfarlane and Julie Bishop were among the 14 of the 35 Liberal frontbenchers who backed the leadership spill to install Mr Turnbull as the country’s new Prime Minister.

    Crucial support was garnered from Victorian, Western Australian and South Australian MPs in order to topple Mr Abbott, with members of the centre right shifting to support Mr Turnbull.

    Scott Morrison, who was said to have supported Mr Abbott in last night’s ballot, was instrumental to Mr Turnbull’s successful bid by agreeing not to stand as deputy on a ticket with Mr Abbott.

    The signal from Ms Bishop that she was prepared to move before the Canning by-election was also key in indicating that WA MPs could manage the disruption — and welcomed the change — ahead of Saturday’s poll.

    In Victoria, Senator Scott Ryan and assistant social services minister Mitch Fifield led the charge for Mr Turnbull, and were critical in building support among right-aligned MPs needed for the leadership coup.

    Queensland Liberal National Party senator James McGrath, South Australian senator Simon Birmingham and Education Minister Christopher Pyne were also critical in counting numbers for Mr Turnbull.

    Other ministers in the Turnbull camp included Human Services Minister Marise Payne and Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.

    Rising stars Kelly O’Dwyer, Paul Fletcher and Steve Ciobo also backed in the change.

    Mr Turnbull’s supporters pointed out that the final vote would have been a victory of 56-44 votes, but for the fact that two of Mr Turnbull’s supporters — Western Australian senator Dean Smith and Veterans Affairs minister Michael Ronaldson — were not in Canberra, and arrived too late for the leadership vote.

    Senator Ronaldson arrived in time for the deputy vote, and backed Ms Bishop.

    In a mystery fuelling speculation within the Coalition, one MP voted informal in the leadership ballot.

    Liberal sources noted there was a similar informal vote when Mr Abbott defeated Mr Turnbull in December 2009.

    The anger of Mr Abbott’s most loyal supporters was clear in the vote for the deputy’s position, when 30 Liberals sided with Mr Andrews.

    Mr Morrison voted for Mr Abbott, as he told colleagues he would, but is in line for the treasury portfolio.

    “Malcolm’s got to do a generational change,” one minister said. “He represents the future, not the past.

    After the vote, Mr Abbott thanked Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Treasurer Joe Hockey for their support.

    Mr Robb had been assured by Mr Abbott that his position would be safe in any impending reshuffle. Last night he confirmed he had voted to support Mr Abbott.

    Mr Turnbull entered yesterday’s meeting flanked by Senators Ryan and Fifield, Arthur Sinodinos, Wyatt Roy, Mal Brough and Peter Hendy.

    Earlier Mr Roy and Victorian MP Sharman Stone had indicated they would also switch their vote.

    Mr Abbott was flanked by 26 people as he entered the partyroom meeting, including Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Employment Minister Eric Abetz, Treasurer Joe Hockey, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

  130. calli

    How about Baldwin, Patterson?

  131. Gab

    Oh yeah, and Browyn Bishop voted for turnbull.

  132. feelthebern

    Baldwins a Nat isn’t he?

  133. calli

    Bother. Did my guy sign his name with an X? That’d be right.

  134. Infidel Tiger

    Oh yeah, and Browyn Bishop voted for turnbull.

    That is unbelievable if true. She is partially responsible for costing him government.

  135. feelthebern

    Ok. Dunno how he voted.

  136. calli

    Oh yeah, and Browyn Bishop voted for turnbull.

    How about that. I’m glad he has a decent family to fall back on. His workplace was clearly toxic.

  137. Gab

    That is unbelievable if true.

    It’s true.

  138. feelthebern

    Guys that’s why I included browny non the shit list.
    Her;
    Pyne;
    Brough;
    Sinodinos.

  139. Infidel Tiger

    Fucking old whore.

    She should be in prison.

  140. feelthebern

    Tony stuck up for all of them and they stabbed him the back.

  141. feelthebern

    At last.
    Paul Murray has a crack at Sinodinos.

  142. Gab

    Tony stuck up for all of them and they stabbed him the back.

    He was loyal to a fault. No problem with that now, turnbull is only loyal to turnbull.

  143. calli

    I’ll find out. I’ll ring his office and (perhaps) wring his scrawny neck. NADT

  144. feelthebern

    Paul Murray having a crack at Bronwyn.
    Outstanding.

  145. Rabz

    Sinodinos

    Speaking of individuals who should be in prison.

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Fuck me. That fucking dirty old bag.

    That is flabbergasting.

    I’m not often shocked, but holy shit.

  147. Rabz

    Derryn bloody Hunch.

    Don’t know why I put myself through this.

  148. calli

    Tonight I wish all the false friends the fate of Herod The Great. Tomorrow I might be more benevolent.

  149. feelthebern

    Ruddock has made it clear that the pre requisite for him retiring is that a non catholic gets the gig.
    Ask his office about that callli.

  150. C.L.

    Bronwyn has always been an air-kissing Turnbullian prat.
    I’m not surprised at all.

  151. Combine Dave

    meet their expectation.

    My only expectation is leave me alone and don’t be Labor.

    In engaging in leadership squabbles, and in shifting further left, first with Abbott attempting to ‘govern for everyone’ and now with the green Turnbull being made leader it’s clear that the liberals have failed in this modest goal.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    Hinch was a complete waste of a transplant.

  153. Andrew

    Her;
    Pyne;
    Brough;
    Sinodinos.

    Brandis, O’Dwyer, Scott Ryan, Mitch Fifield, Peter Hendy, Wyatt Roy, Brough, Dean Smith, pretty much all of SA except Jamie Briggs and Bernardi, Laming, Payne, Stuart Robert, Ronaldson, Sussan Ley, Cash, Ciobo, Birmingham, Fletcher, Macfarlane, Gambaro, Laundy, Coleman, Hawke, Henderson, Jensen, Ramsey, Ruddock, Tony Smith and some others that I can’t think of.

  154. JC

    Oh yeah, and Browyn Bishop voted for turnbull.

    These bastards are more traitorous that the Liars party.

  155. Rabz

    The left’s “compassion” led to a thousand pointless deaths at sea.

    Thank you fat bearded one (no, not Hunch).

  156. feelthebern

    Laundy.
    No doubt he’s father told him what was expected of him.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Susan Ley?

    The worst health minister we’ve ever had? The one only given the job because she has a vag?

    What a repulsive party they are. Thank God they have been physically and mentally destroyed.

  158. Andrew

    Macfarlane,

    Really

    Always been a big support of Turnbull, big lefty.

  159. calli

    and some others that I can’t think of.

    Thanks, Andrew. I knew my guy wasn’t much of a high flyer. 😀

  160. Arky

    Thank you for your service to this country Mr. Abbott.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    Macfarlane,

    All the big government protectionists have flocked to Turnbull.

    You can only imagine what has been promised.

  162. feelthebern

    I shudder to think what Sinodinos was promised.

  163. Combine Dave

    Macfarlane,

    Really

    Always been a big support of Turnbull, big lefty.

    Macfarlane was pretty unhappy when Abbott refused increased subsidies to Holden and Ford.

  164. Rabz

    FFS, what is with these staggeringly stupid and offensive ads during Murray’s show?

  165. JC

    Macfarlane was pretty unhappy when Abbott refused increased subsidies to Holden and Ford.

    Actually that’s another Abbott accomplishment.

  166. rebel with cause

    One of Abbott’s shortcomings – loyal to a fault. How many times did he go into bat for those that wouldn’t do the same for him?

  167. Infidel Tiger

    Abbott was fantastic on free trade and banning corporate rent seeking.

    Macfarlane and Shaman Stone have repaid that by constantly whiteanting him in the media and backing Turnbull.

  168. feelthebern

    Oh they are so fucked.
    They just don’t realise how fucked.

  169. Combine Dave

    Macfarlane was pretty unhappy when Abbott refused increased subsidies to Holden and Ford.

    Actually that’s another Abbott accomplishment.

    It’s a plus yes.

    But not viewed that way by some in the Liberal Party.

    God I hope Turnbull hasnt done any dodgy deals to keep propping up shitty car manufacturing in Australia in order to win the support of the likes of Macfarlane (Minister for Industry).

  170. feelthebern

    Has Hinch had a brain injury?
    Serious question.

  171. David

    I shudder to think what Sinodinos was promised

    Immunity from prosecution probably.

  172. feelthebern

    Lol.
    Perret just said that Malcolm is the economies only hope.

  173. Ripper

    God I hope Turnbull hasnt done any dodgy deals to keep propping up shitty car manufacturing in Australia in order to win the support of the likes of Macfarlane (Minister for Industry).

    I am worrying about winding up the TURC to restore business confidence . It takes two to tango.

  174. Snoopy

    Unfortunately Abbott didn’t scrap ADRs for new cars or free up the import of second hand cars. Is the import of anything else second hand regulated as much as second hand cars are?

  175. Combine Dave

    I shudder to think what Sinodinos was promised

    Immunity from prosecution probably.

    With the exception of Turnbull, Morrison and Bishop can you imagine the quality of this new cabinet?

    Sinodinos, Browyn and Wyatt Roy to the front bench?

  176. wreckage

    Water policy is back to Agriculture, not Environment, and Ag in turn is under the Nats!

    YEAH!

    Turnbull has opened with a major play AGAINST the greens. Outstanding.

  177. Combine Dave

    Unfortunately Abbott didn’t scrap ADRs for new cars or free up the import of second hand cars. Is the import of anything else second hand regulated as much as second hand cars are?

    If Turnbull moves to do this immediately (Abbott had been talking about this for new cars) I’ll forgive him.

  178. Gab

    Unfortunately Abbott didn’t scrap ADRs for new cars or free up the import of second hand cars.

    If only he’d had a Minister for Industry and Trade to do that, eh?

  179. wreckage

    Turnbull has a lot of room to dismiss bullshit economic barriers as “outdated” etc. He should do so, hard and fast.

  180. Snoopy

    Wreckage, does that mean the end of the Liverpool Plains Shenhua mine?

  181. Aussiepundit

    Don’t be a silly billy, Aussiepundit.

    TA was brought down because M. Turnbull and J. Bishop and S. Morrison to some extent stabbed him in the back after nearly a year leaking and sabotaging confidential info from Cabinet etc and not supporting positive outcomes from policies.

    Name one leak that caused a first order political crisis for Abbott.

    In fact, what was the most damaging leak in your opinion? They were all pretty weak tea, really. Abbott’s claims of being white-anted are overblown.

  182. goatjam

    The worst health minister we’ve ever had? The one only given the job because she has a vag?

    Worse than Roxon? Also, I think Roxon had a vag but I really don’t want to think about that detail too much.

    Eeewww

  183. Splatacrobat

    Gambaro is another one of those ingrates who Abbott helped get back in Brisbane in 2010 after losing her seat of Petrie in 2007.
    Her pound of flesh with Turnbull will be to bring the SSM (Strap-on Sodomy Merchants) vote forward.

  184. Snoopy

    Especially since Shorten was there.

  185. rebel with cause

    Making anyone but Joe Hockey the Treasurer is a smart move.

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    With the exception of Turnbull, Morrison and Bishop can you imagine the quality of this new cabinet?

    Christian Porter is my local member – he made the move from State politics, and watching him have certain Labor members for breakfast in State Parliament was usually good for a laugh.

  187. incoherent rambler

    feelthebern #1798290, posted on September 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    +1

  188. JC

    Aussie

    It wasn’t just the leaks. There was a lot of other shit going on. One example at the height of the Bishop Helicopter scandal turnball catches a train to a meeting in geelong. Now I have no idea why he just needed to be in Geelong, but he caught a train. Not only did he catch a train but he also had media photographers in tow. He was doing that sort of shit for two years.

  189. wreckage

    I don’t want to bang on too much about how shit Hockey was as Treasurer..

    …. but he was really, REALLY shit as treasurer.

  190. Infidel Tiger

    If Turnbull moves to do this immediately (Abbott had been talking about this for new cars) I’ll forgive him.

    If Turnbull cuts income tax to a top rate of 25%, slashes alcohol and tobacco excise, removes all trade barriers including bullshit design guidelines such as ADR and removes sections 18c in the next month or two ill give him a shot. Then he needs to get busy.

  191. incoherent rambler

    Merchant bankers like aussiep still don’t get it.

    Whatever Turdbull says, whatever emanates from his mouth, it matters not.
    It has no relationship to his actions.

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If Turnbull cuts income tax to a top rate of 25%

    Hear. hear. He keeps franking credits, and I’d have him canonized.

  193. Alfred

    History will perhaps be kinder to our recently departed PM than to Peta Credlin, whom the gormless buffoon Abbott could not recognise nor concede as his biggest problem. Abbott’s problem with women began and ended with that monstrous bitch.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    Abbott was never ever going to get a fair go. Not after he destroyed the lefts golden girl, Gillard.

    He was shit, but remember what they did to his daughter over the scholarship? What a pack of arseholes.

    Remember Winkgate?

    Misplaced loyalty and absence of a theme got him good.

    However, we are a retarded country and deserve what we get, good and hard, no lube.

  195. Snoopy

    We are blessed. How many countries in the world have a choice of two heroes to vote for. Shorten personally dug out the Beaconsfield miners with a teaspoon and Turnbull went on QANDA and saved the lives of Sukumaran and Chan.

  196. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    However, we are a retarded country and deserve what we get, good and hard, no lube.

    As long as Australians are only interested in the great God “Sport’, then , yes, we deserve what we get. Try handing out “How to Vote” cards, sometime, it’s an enlightening experience.

  197. Splatacrobat

    Remember Mark Reilly “Shit happens”.

  198. Splatacrobat

    Remember Abbott wasting time putting out bushfires.

  199. Splatacrobat

    Remember Abbott turning up late to a debate with Roxon. The left media had him marked for elimination way back then.

  200. notafan

    I’ve seen Tony Abbott speak very well off the cuff, and give a journo a right royal dressing down.
    The media has ever been his enemy.
    I’d look further than the average sound bite provided by the media before pronouning on his speaking skills.
    As for infrastructure I think he was taking roads not the NbN.
    I think he gave the turncoats too many chances.
    It’s our loss.

  201. a reader

    Craig Kelly, MP for Hughes in South-West Sydney, voted for Tony. Said so proudly on his facebook.

  202. Aaron

    Craig Kelly, MP for Hughes in South-West Sydney, voted for Tony. Said so proudly on his facebook.

    As has Ewen Jones in Herbert and Natasha Griggs in Solomon. There are some Liberal’s in the party who know not to reward treachery and disloyalty.

    There are those who think Turnbull will make a move on the ABC but they are dreaming. His replacement as Communications Minister will be his friend Paul Fletcher who attempted to introduce mandatory internet filters.

  203. a reader

    Kelly is a good bloke, and a solid local member. I reckon he has the profile to run as an Independent or for an alternative party like FF and get back in. Could be interesting.

  204. J.H.

    It was a good speech….. and he is a good man.

    If the last election had given him a favorable Senate…. So much more would have been done and a lot more of Labor’s ill formed policies would have been undone.

    …. And Turnbull will not be able to do anything with the Senate….. Those who think Turnbull will cut income tax, scrap stuff or change anything substantial….. are dreaming. Turnbull won’t be threatening any Double Dissolutions to get his way. Just like Tony Abbott, most of what Turnbull will try to do, will become stillborn on the Senate floor.

  205. None

    He was doing that sort of shit for two years.

    1. The plot had been planned for months
    2. Bishop had been leaking for months, better part of this year at least
    3. Nutt was supposed to come down and work for Abbott months ago, suddenly he’s coming for Turnbull
    4. Morrison showed his gutlessness (yeah I know he stopped the boats – actually he just had fun with the media. Op Sov Borders had been planned for a year while Libs were in Opposition – mostly by servicemen ex servicemen etc. You can see Morrison hasn’t achieved much on his own in social services except handing out money to nannies)
    5. Malcolm stitched up the Nats with a $2billion deal. Your tax dollar at work people
    6. Anyone who whinged about Credlin deserves to be booted. Seriously if you are that petty and can’t deal with one staff member you shouldn’t be anywhere near people. And if she has a high profile that is because you gave it to her, idiots.
    7. Turnbull didn’t want us to have the freedom to chose our own lightbulbs. Forget the bullshit about 18C
    8. The media will now be gay marriage gay marriage gay marriage until the election
    9. If Malcolm manages to behave (give him a few months he won’t) and happens to win, he will be insufferable and we will swing so far left we’ll make Cuba look right wing.

    Abbott was easily the most decent, solid, man who has ever graced the PM’s office. You won’t find his likes again. I cannot believe the number of people who betrayed him, even those to whom he was most loyal. Don’t believe that this lot wouldn’t crucify Jesus. Libs have lost my vote permanently. And for the first time ever I am truly ashamed of my country.

  206. srr

    wreckage
    #1798300, posted on September 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Water policy is back to Agriculture, not Environment, and Ag in turn is under the Nats!

    YEAH!

    Turnbull has opened with a major play AGAINST the greens. Outstanding.

    Yes wreckage, it’s rather telling, how many are choosing to ignore that major, great news, The News that the Left are hammering as Turnbull’s first, Great Sin.

    Maybe you have to be a farmer or Victorian who knows the devastation of the 2009 Black Saturday Fires (173 killed), followed by the successive floods, to understand how important it is to get water management out of the hands of the [human’s are a cancer] Left/Green UN tools.

  207. srr

    My problem with Abbott was always the vast difference between what he ‘represented‘, what he stood up for, and what he folded to Left on.

    It’s almost as the Left/Media kept banging on about him being a conservative, Catholic, loyal, good guy, so no one would notice how much and readily he betrayed conservatives and Christians to the key demands of the UN’s Global Militant Atheism.

    Also, Abbott quoted The Clinton’s [EMILY’s List] mantra in support of abortion, and chose to get personally involved in helping Credlin keep her IVF attempts secret … really, WTF!?

  208. .

    “Rabz
    #1798283, posted on September 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm
    FFS, what is with these staggeringly stupid and offensive ads during Murray’s show?”

    You must be talking about union owned “Industry Super” advertisements.

    Don’t let some dodgy finance broker take your money, put it in a union slush fund so we can root hookers until it falls off!

    Thanks, ALP and Unions.

  209. .

    “Water policy is back to Agriculture, not Environment, and Ag in turn is under the Nats!

    YEAH!

    Turnbull has opened with a major play AGAINST the greens. Outstanding.”

    Excellent.

    The green movement tried to say the entire MDB would only see 400-800 job losses if 10% of the water was used.

  210. Snoopy

    “Water policy is back to Agriculture, not Environment, and Ag in turn is under the Nats!

    YEAH!

    Turnbull has opened with a major play AGAINST the greens. Outstanding.”

    Excellent.

    The green movement tried to say the entire MDB would only see 400-800 job losses if 10% of the water was used.

    That wasn’t Turnbull’s idea. The Nats had him by the short and curlies. For the first time ever the Nats have insisted a coalition agreement be made in writing. I wonder why that is?

  211. Infidel Tiger

    3. Nutt was supposed to come down and work for Abbott months ago, suddenly he’s coming for Turnbull

    I was always suss as to what was going on there. Nutt kept stalling without any reasonable explanation.

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