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.