Abbott is no Trump

I have been watching the Abbottistas pushing Tony Abbott as the Australian Trump. So too has Miranda Devine:

Tony Abbott and his boosters are trying to channel Trump’s populism into a comeback. But Abbott is part of the problem that Trumpism is reacting against: conservative politicians who wimp out once they win power.

Abbott could have been the civilised, conservative Trump of the Antipodes, but the minute he got into office he stopped being Abbott.

He surrounded himself with “moderates”, and bent over to the left on everything from 18C to Safe Schools to higher taxes, fouling the nest for budget repair and ultimately losing his job.

Can you imagine this being a Trump policy position?

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.

No. Me neither.

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77 Responses to Abbott is no Trump

  1. C.L.

    Safe Schools?
    I don’t recall that being around as a live issue when Abbott was prime minister.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    There was no public outcry while Abbott was PM. IIRC the rollout was under his watch.

  3. C.L.

    Devine is right, though.

    Abbott was the anti-Trump. He was the McCain. The Bloomberg, even.

  4. A Lurker

    Abbott lost his sense of mongrel when he became PM, of course, the Turnbull Termites within the party didn’t help matters, but he could have stood up to them. I guess the relentless accusations of misogyeeeee from the Green/Left/ALP/Media/academic cabal became too much. Also Abbott’s Christian ‘turn the other cheek’ was in play too, when instead he should have hit back and escalated.

    I don’t think there is a Trump-like candidate currently in the Liberals. Bernardi knows what has to be done, but he seems to think that the Liberals are repairable, when they are not. When Termites have eaten away at the house to the extent that even the structural timbers are affected then it’s too late for the exterminator and you can’t repair – you have to either demolish down to the foundations and rebuild, or walk away and move into a new house entirely.

    My prediction is that One Nation will become a significant force in politics. I’ve spoken to people who I’d normally class as being centrist, and they are of the same opinion.

  5. Rob

    Abbott might be no Trump. On the other hand, he is no Turnbull.

  6. miltonf

    So much of the hard left agenda just keeps rolling on no matter who the political figureheads are. This new carbon tax that was implemented last July, was this progressing under TA’s watch?

  7. classical_hero

    The wets in the party are the problem.

  8. Mark A

    A Lurker
    My prediction is that One Nation will become a significant force in politics. I’ve spoken to people who I’d normally class as being centrist, and they are of the same opinion.

    Possibly, but only if their party organisation lifts its game and vets all future candidates more thoroughly.

  9. custard

    Well said Lurker. I think Hanson and others will grow in number.

    Both the major parties have not learned the lesson of Trump and they are too scared to say so.

    Things will get a lot worse here in Oz before they get better sadly.

    The FMIC are already doubling down.

  10. Shelley

    I get the impression that Cory is biding his time on this break, getting a more deep understand of workings of the UN/elite/world order and upon return will harness the conservative movement here in Australia.

    I am sure Tony Abbott wishes he had done things differently and purely hypothetical but had Trump come before Abbott’s winning the PM, the outcome may have been different. Abbott, Stephen Harper – the timing didn’t quite seem on target. Trump has enabled the quiet/cowed/pushed into PC conservative to find its voice, less afraid of the typical backlash.

  11. Notafan

    I dont think Tony’s education minister bothered to familiarise himself with the content of the then Victoria only curriculum which was after all presented as an an anti Bullying programme.

    More fool him.

  12. Notafan

    Meanwhile its time to board the Tony train.

  13. Rob

    Possibly, but only if their party organisation lifts its game and vets all future candidates more thoroughly.

    Why it’s not as if the liberal party vets theirs. There are so many that don’t belong in the liberal party, including its leader. He doesn’t share it’s basic philosophy nor possess any political judgement.

  14. Senile Old Guy

    There are no Trumps in the LNP. Look at their recent actions. They are now another left wing party. They are to the right of the ALP but only because that party has swung hard left after being taken over by the CFMEU. Abbott was a great opposition leader but utterly hopeless as PM. When Turnbull started leaking against the government, Abbott should have sacked him and driven him out of the party. He couldn’t because too many in the LNP are now left wing like Turnbull.

  15. Baldrick

    A Trump in the current Liberal Party – get real. Even Bernardi seems content to snipe from the fringes whilst no actually doing anything.

  16. OldOzzie

    But Abbott is part of the problem that Trumpism is reacting against: conservative politicians who wimp out once they win power.

    Abbott could have been the civilised, conservative Trump of the Antipodes, but the minute he got into office he stopped being Abbott.

    He surrounded himself with “moderates”, and bent over to the left on everything from 18C to Safe Schools to higher taxes, fouling the nest for budget repair and ultimately losing his job.

    Sums up Abbott perfectly

  17. Talleyrand

    And exactly how hard did we need to drag PM Turnbill to even consider an 18C review. Not changes, not a repeal, but a review – Sinc.
    But give us some 5 year old footage of NT Youth Justice under NT Labor, and Malcolm is up at midnight with a Royal Commission in tow.
    Abbott and Turnbull are both pishers

  18. Mark A

    Rob
    #2213580, posted on November 20, 2016 at 9:23 am
    Why it’s not as if the liberal party vets theirs. There are so many that don’t belong in the liberal party, including its leader. He doesn’t share it’s basic philosophy nor possess any political judgement.

    Absolutely true Rob, but the liberals can carry a bit of deadwood due to numbers for one, and for second, I’m not sure it’s a bug at all, could be a feature?

  19. H B Bear

    Abbott was and would never have been capable of bypassing the MSM in the way Trump has. I’m not going to defend his numerous policy failings that have been outlined here over the years but no PM has ever been the subject of sustained attack as he was. Howard received a heap of negative press too but had the policy successes and economic tailwind to shrug it off.

  20. Tailgunner

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe? I’m not familiar with the internal machinations but couldn’t local branch activism garner enough support to put Populist Nationalist candidates in pre-selection?

  21. memoryvault

    I dont think Tony’s education minister bothered to familiarise himself with the content of the then Victoria only curriculum which was after all presented as an an anti Bullying programme.

    Christopher Pyne was Abbott’s Minister for Education when the funding was approved. Scott Ryan was the Minister Assisting, who did all the leg work. Ryan attended the official kick-off in 2014, and a speech by Pyne, who was busy that day, was read at the event.

    They both knew EXACTLY what it was all about.

    Besides that, there had been concerned parents complaining to LNP MP’s from the beginning of the year when it was first implemented nationally, including representations to Pyne as Minister, all of which fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until Bernardi took up the cause and presented a petition to Parliament on the matter, that resistance got any traction.

  22. John Comnenus

    Exactly. A number of us having been saying Abbott is no Trump and should be encouraged to retire at the next election. Quite simply Abbott blew his chance very badly. Keeping 18c, raising taxes, not fixing the budget. The Libs need to reform to the right. I doubt they will do that.

    Next election will be a Trumponomics spectacular with the ALP, Xenophon and Greens calling for Trumponomics industry policy and the Libs calling for Trumponomics tax policy.

    None will touch his energy policy though.

    My advice to Pauline Hanson is to copy and adapt every Trump policy, and do it early. If a Trumponomics succeeds One Nation will be ripe to win votes from all parties.

  23. .

    Gunner

    It would be nice if the Liberals were even conservative or liberal.

  24. Mark A

    Tailgunner

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe? I’m not familiar with the internal machinations but couldn’t local branch activism garner enough support to put Populist Nationalist candidates in pre-selection?

    Not a chance. Speaking from experience. (Mornington).
    Rabz doctrine applies.

  25. memoryvault

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration

    Short answer Gunner, no. Longer answer, no. A small cabal of men linked to property development businesses have hijacked the Liberal Party pre-selection process.

    You don’t matter.

  26. Leo G

    Don’t count your Trumps before they’re played.

  27. Tel

    Quite simply Abbott blew his chance very badly. Keeping 18c, raising taxes, not fixing the budget. The Libs need to reform to the right. I doubt they will do that.

    Yes Abbott blew his chances but still better than Turnbull IMHO, but perhaps fair to say Turnbull is a more honest reflection of where Australian politics is at right now.

  28. Tel

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe?

    Trump is to infiltration what dynamite is to trout fishing.

  29. Philippa Martyr

    Perhaps I am moving in the wrong circles, but the only Trump Boosterism I have seen is in the Shorten camp.

    Is the Doomlord going all Savva on us again?

    Summary:

    Abbott was a disappointing PM. But Sinc’s pet Lord Waffle is FAR MORE DISAPPOINTING.

    So why not avoid facing up to this by saying ‘Look over there! Tony Abbott!’

  30. Philippa Martyr

    Can we see some evidence of Trump Boosterism by Abbottistas outside, perhaps, the walls of this otherwise splendid blog?

  31. egg_

    the only Trump Boosterism I have seen is in the Shorten camp.

    +1

    Jerbs! Jerbs! Jerbs!

  32. candy

    M. Turnbull would never have stopped the boats and firmed national security, which has now turned out to be one of the biggest policy successes, looking at the situation in Europe, in a decade.

    In fact, he worked against it, by appearing on Q&A and supporting the ABC when they lied about asylum seekers being abused and burnt by the Navy. He was offended when TA criticised the ABC as they are his friends and supporters. He whiteanted TA all the way.
    MT now takes that big policy success as his own, when he hated stopping boats before.

    Well, that’s the kind of personality MT is, as I see it.

  33. Up The Workers!

    Sounds to me like the Laberal Party (the Party formerly known as the Liberal Party) is all but dead.

    They should get out of politics altogether and find something they are better suited to like, say, hiring themselves out as a “Mattress-Testers’ Collective” to the likes of “The Bed-Shed”, or “Harvey Norman”.

    The performance of Victoria’s Ted Bailed-Out, Denis Nap-time, and whoever their current Victorian Leader is (if they ever bothered to appoint one – perhaps Dodgy Dan is working for BOTH parties?), Fatty O’Barrell in New South Obeid and Mal Jellyback in Canberra, all show that they have talent as a tag-team of potential champion mattress-testers.

  34. Robber Baron

    Sinc going all Savva tells me that a return of Abbott to the leadership is gaining ground. Sinc chats in certain circles. Talk is certainly getting a bit concerning for Turnbull. The polls are bad for Maolcolm and he doesn’t have the ability to change them. The killing season is upon us. Phillipa’s lottery will be revisited soon enough.

  35. gabrianga

    Devine STILL trying to justify her opposition to Abbott? What next ? A Devine/Savva column running the Turnbull line.

    Sure Abbott made mistakes but presumably the Cabinet had a say and still does on 18c , global warming and bringing ABC into line.

    What has Fifield done about “our” ABC? What has Scullion done on the Aboriginal front?

    Just asking.

  36. mc

    As an Abbott support I agree that he tried too hard to please the wrong people once in power. My big fear now is that Trump will become the US’s Abbott

  37. Far Right Heretic

    Abbott was the George W Bush of Aussie politics. A complete lefty pretending to be a conservative but who makes the leftwing media froth at the mouth.

  38. Muddy

    I’m not confident that One Nation will be able to hold it together, but there will certainly be others to step into their shoes.
    Bernardi? Tumbleweed.
    Abbott? Things are that bloody desperate?
    Oh, and please use the correct term regarding the renamed Liberals: They are now to be universally known as the CORPSE PARTY. Dead, suppurating flesh. You cannot repair that, or re-energise it. It does nothing for you but assault your senses (for that have them). We need something with a pulse.
    Repeat after me: THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD. THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD. THE LIBERAL PARTY …. shit. I just stepped in it. Now I need a new pair of joggers.

  39. Tom

    Stop your denialism, Doomlord. It’s pathetic and childish. A rejection of Turnbull’s hopeless incompetence does not necessarily lead us back to a failed, stopgap leader like AbbottSatan. How about you start addressing the bigger problem — a crippling lack of leadership in Australian politics and the LNP in particular? Portraying yourself as Napping Lord Waffle’s chief manservant and cracking the sads whenever Turnbull’s failure comes up is indeed worthy of Dr Martyr’s mocking satire — especially this morning with Turnbull making a fool of himself on refugees and trade.

    I see only one future Australian prime minister in a world redrawn by Trumpism (Bernardi). You need a new strategy beyond mocking Trump and the right for surviving those academic dinner parties.

  40. Tailgunner #2213625, posted on November 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I have been watching the Abbottistas pushing Tony Abbott as the Australian Trump. So too has Miranda Devine:

    Where?

    What a load of horse hockey. You know full well he will never get up again but Abbott’s presence is queering your BFF’s Turnbull’s pitch. I hope Busted Flush Abbott stays in place to destroy the Liberals with the internecine fighting.

    Leaves us to get on with the business of building a decent Government.

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe?

    No.

  41. CORRECTION

    I have been watching the Abbottistas pushing Tony Abbott as the Australian Trump. So too has Miranda Devine:

    Where?

    What a load of horse hockey. You know full well he will never get up again but Abbott’s presence is queering your BFF’s Turnbull’s pitch. I hope Busted Flush Abbott stays in place to destroy the Liberals with the internecine fighting.

    Leaves us to get on with the business of building a decent Government.

    Tailgunner #2213625, posted on November 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe?

    No.

  42. memoryvault

    THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD. THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD.
    THE LIBERAL PARTY ….

    But . . . but . . . Muddy, ya gotta vote Liberal ‘cos at least they’re not Labor.

  43. old bloke

    While there are a few praiseworthy individuals within the Liberal Party, they are an inconsequential minority. The Liberal Party has no long term future as far as I can see, Turnbull represents the views of the majority of members.

  44. Mike of Marion

    “Can we rebuild the Liberal Party by infiltration,like Trump did with the GOPe?”

    I’m not sure at this stage whether Trump will bother to reform the GOP as it stands.

    He’ll certainly use it but I think it is too infected with do-gooder lefties to satisfy Trump.

    I think he wants a dynamic fluid party that will fly and leave the current constipated US politics bogged down.
    Mike

  45. egg_

    Turnbull represents the views of the majority of members.

    He’s simply KRudd MkII in an R-G-R sense; if he takes a huge nosedive in the polls, beware sabre rattling behind the curtains (Bishop?).

  46. old bloke

    Mark A
    #2213570, posted on November 20, 2016 at 9:17 am
    Possibly, but only if their party organisation lifts its game and vets all future candidates more thoroughly.

    Absolutely correct. In Western Australia the voters sent a One Nation Senator to Canberra who rejected One Nation’s stated policies after he won. One Nation took the ALA’s policy platform (ban on Muslim immigration, removal of all green energy subsidies, removal of Section 18c), yet their candidate, after winning his seat, said he doesn’t support those policies.

    No one is going to support One Nation, or any party, if the candidates say they don’t support their party’s policies once elected. All candidates should be thoroughly vetted prior to their nomination.

  47. Muddy

    But . . . but . . . Muddy, ya gotta vote Liberal ‘cos at least they’re not Labor.

    I could also write an ode to my fungal infections, but is that going to fix the problem?
    You’d get more satisfaction from rigorously applying a cheese-grater to your genitals than from voting for the Corpse Party.

  48. memoryvault

    No one is going to support One Nation, or any party, if the candidates say they don’t support their party’s policies once elected.

    Too true, Old Bloke. Plus factor in the Party’s overwhelming ability to self-destruct just when they’re getting somewhere, and it is hard to see them as a long term alternative.

  49. Sinclair Davidson

    A rejection of Turnbull’s hopeless incompetence does not necessarily lead us back to a failed, stopgap leader like AbbottSatan.

    John Stone has advice for the next Abbott cabinet in the latest Speccie.

  50. John Stone has advice for the next Abbott cabinet in the latest Speccie.

    Oh please, Sinc.

    Stone missed the same point as you, Textor and your mates missed. Stone spoke of the need to heal the wounds within the Party and said nothing of healing the bleeding gash between the Party and the Liberal voters who had once again been betrayed. He assumed the Liberal voters would simply come rushing back like lost sheep who have found their shepherd.

    I respect much of what Stone says but he’s blind as a bat. He and the rest of you would see more clearly if you removed your heads from your fundamental orifices.

  51. I’m keeping score as best I can.

    Chalk up one more article by Sinclair which mentions 18C and doesn’t mention the T-word!

    So if you want the PM of Australia to do something about 18C then you need to go back in a time machine and ask the guy who used to be PM. Obviously. Because the current PM is Chopped Liver and there is no sense in going there, right?

    I eagerly await the next posting about 18C by Sinclair which avoids the T-word. (Please don’t spoil it for me now, Sinc, and say “T******l” just to spite me.)

  52. mh

    At least Tony Abbott did turn his back (if only partly) on the renewable energy scam. Turnbull then stabbed him in the back then did a 180 on windmills. When Turnbull craps on about free trade, we need a journalist to ask him if he wants any manufacturing left in Australia. If he says yes, then Turnbull must confirm that he believes that having some of the highest electricity prices in the world – and much higher still to come with the renewable targets – combined with zero protection for Australian manufacturers is the winning combination for manufacturing.

  53. memoryvault

    At least Tony Abbott did turn his back (if only partly) on the renewable energy scam.

    Greg Hunt’s nasty little Regulation ushering back in a Carbon Tax by stealth, was drafted and circulated for comment and approval amongst LNP MPs while Abbott was still in the Big Chair. That regulation, in turn, further increased electricity prices and bolstered the sham that “renewables are price competitive with coal”.

    Can we get over the fantasy that Abbott had any redeeming features whatsoever?
    Including honesty.

  54. candy

    He stopped the boats, started and completed trade deals, and is not a backstabber, memoryvault.

    Good qualities.

    Admittedly, Malcolm Turnbull is more urbane and cultured, nicer suits and much classier watch, and speaks very nicely, good diction.

  55. Goanna

    Those with an instinct for liberty don’t make a peace deals with socialists for the ” unity of the country “.

    This is a Clayton’s unity.

  56. memoryvault

    He stopped the boats,

    Operation Sovereign Borders started officially, and physically, on September 18, 2013, the same day Abbott was sworn into office. All the assets and manpower were already in place.
    Think about it.

    started and completed trade deals,

    He signed us up to an Agreement which basically subjects all future international trade to the approval of green groups, like Greenpeace. Which is why Trump is not buying into it.

    and is not a backstabber, memoryvault.

    Maybe we should get a second opinion about his integrity. How about we ask Pauline Hanson?

  57. Eddystone

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to remind you how hopeless Turnbull is, Sinc.

    No matter how bad Abbott was, we can always say Turnbull would have been, or is, worse.

    The boat turnbacks would not have happened without Abbott, in fact, is there any policy that Turnbull has initiated? I can think of a couple of Abbott ones that he has claimed credit for, but not any that originated with him.

  58. Tom

    John Stone has advice for the next Abbott cabinet in the latest Speccie.

    John who? I vaguely remember him as a relic from the 1970s, when he was Treasury secretary.

    The Speccie is scraping the bottom of the barrel if it’s that hard up for relevant commentators.

  59. JC

    oh God, he’s not trying to be the Australian Trump.

    One of he first actions was to walk from his campaign promise to scarp 18C.. as Sinc suggested.

  60. mh

    Abbott vs. Turnbull – or Cory Bernadi? There will only be one Donald, and the Australian public wouldn’t be electing a Trump type to the top office anyway. This is because things aren’t bad enough yet for Australians. Give it ten years.

  61. DrBeauGan

    The qualities that made Trump win are 1. Moral courage and 2. Brains. The suggestion that anybody in Australian politics is in the same ballpark is ludicrous.

  62. Dr Fred Lenin

    Abbott is part of our problem. Not the solution he had a bit of mongrel in him when he rsilroaded Hanson on fabricated charges ,at the behest of that grub howard ,a typical product of the law trade . Joyce is blowing his bags about being conservative he is not a bit impressive going along with the u.n.communist 18c shit and letting that maggot turnbull push the goldman sachs /soros gerbil worming money grab . We need a new right wing no nonsense party an honast to God non career politicians party to wipe the floor with the u.n.communust globalist fascists for ever .

  63. JamesS

    When Abbott said “dead, buried and cremated” – he was referring to the …… Liberal Party.

    Change will only come from outside unfortunately.

  64. Dr Faustus

    Tony Abbott and his boosters are trying to channel Trump’s populism into a comeback.

    As a non-insider, that appears to be the case with regard to Abbott himself and a very small army of boosters, consisting of Andrew Bolt. Commentary on the topic (Fairfax, Sky News) is derivative of Abbott’s interview on the Bolt Report.

    What is particularly interesting is Abbott’s damning of Turnbull with faint praise and attempting to pin him to a Centre-Right position on issues on which Turnbull is either famously squidgy, or well to the Left (AHRC, 18c, renewables):

    “What we now have is another centre-right prime minister who is talking like a centre-right prime minister should,” Mr Abbott said. “This is a guy who well and truly came home when he joined the Liberal Party as its federal treasurer and is now governing as an entirely orthodox centre-right prime minister.”

    – thus feeding Turnbull into Shorten’s ‘captured by the Far Right’ narrative.

    And this just in time to send the 66 Liberal numpties off on their Summer holidays, with twitching sphincters, to contemplate the epic failure of Turnbull’s second coming.

  65. a reader

    You know, I quite like Miranda but when it comes to anything related to Abbott666 you can’t really trust her judgement. She was totally with him until such time as Malcolm was able to do his phoenix rising routine and she was, with Nikki Savva, totally on the bandwagon. After all it was Miranda who first called us del-cons

  66. BorisG

    The qualities that made Trump win are 1. Moral courage and 2. Brains.

    Trump is God.

  67. BorisG

    is because things aren’t bad enough yet for Australians. Give it ten years.

    I think even if an outsider and anti-establishment figure like Trump emerges in Australian politics, it is very it is hard to see how he can get anywhere near the top job as he would need to be elected by the parliamentary party. Imagine republican caucus in Congress electing Trump!

    Which is a good thing!

    The last non-politician and businessman that became Australian PM is… Malcolm Turnbull.

  68. BorisG

    Australian politics has recently had its Trump. His name was Clive Palmer. Many analogies.

  69. twostix

    Operation Sovereign Borders started officially, and physically, on September 18, 2013, the same day Abbott was sworn into office. All the assets and manpower were already in place.
    Think about it.

    Good grief, what is this shit?

  70. twostix

    Nice to see that Turnbullians are still refusing to discuss their ongoing entanglement in the greatest political humilation in Australia’s history, i.e their backing of, and involvement in Liberal party Turnbullians destroying Everyman Abbott. Remember that? Taxes! S18C! Lies! He must go and let Libertarian much-loved high polling Turnbull replace him!
    lolercaust.

    Instead of talking about Turnbull’s excruciating behaviour since, (and his eternally dismal polls) they’d prefer, if we don’t mind, that we talk about Tony Abbott again. Don’t mention that it was they – Turnbullians – who revolted against him and ran to the media when he tried to do things like, I dunno, get the ball rolling on S18C and reform the ABC.

    Remember?

    Australian conservatives are really a little bit dumb that they continue to be led by the nose on this. Abbott was the most conservative PM that this country could ever sustain “conservatives” instead of seeing what was happening and that he was being knobbled obediently and autistically joined in.

  71. twostix

    Remember when Arch Turnbullian Sinc ran a front page Jihad against Abbott for weeks about some mundane shit that nobody remembers?

    Not a peep about Turnbull and his litany of extraordinary endevours though. Which, most importantly are all his and his alone. See Abbott never held anything near a autocratic hand over the party whereas Turnbull does, Abbott was in a minority position of power in the party and spent his PMship dealing with Turnbullian wankers and “moderate” Liberals.

    Anyway that’s neither here nor there as Turnbullians are what they are (regular diners at the Student Union again!), the drive here is that “conservatives”, instead of seeing that obvious campaign against Abbott for what it so obviously was instead obediently ran along with it hoping for a pat on the head by the now known to be completely in the tank Turnbullians for being “principled” or something dumb like that.

    Abbott’s no Trump, and Australia will have no Trump, because Australian conservatives don’t deserve a Trump, they were literally trolled into rolling the only conservative PM in 40 years by fake libertarians.

  72. Philippa Martyr

    Clive was more Blimp than Trump.

  73. Crossie

    My prediction is that One Nation will become a significant force in politics. I’ve spoken to people who I’d normally class as being centrist, and they are of the same opinion.

    I’m hearing similar things from Liberal voters, or I should say former Liberal voters. They had respect for Abbott even if they were impatient with him, there is no respect for Malcolm at all. Julie Bishop is not the answer, she is just as detested.

  74. Yohan

    Abbott was the George W Bush of Aussie politics. A complete lefty pretending to be a conservative but who makes the leftwing media froth at the mouth.

    The truest statement ever. I have been thinking this for years. Abbott was the trojan horse of Australian conservatism, just like Dubya was in the US. Both of them incurred all the leftist bile and hatred, but without leaving behind any type of right wing legacy.

  75. Yohan

    Before he was elected Abbott pretended to be anti PC, pretended to be someone who called a spade a spade. He fooled many Cats, and still fools them.

    It was obvious within weeks of the 2013 election he intended to be a moderate ‘play it safe’ centrist. By December 2013 I was seething, wondering why no politician would move to the populist ground and launch a culture war against the left. As Ann Coulter said, there was a $1000 bill lying on the ground and every politician refused to pick it up. Trump picked it up.

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