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Tony Abbott: Consultative Detective

29/01/2015


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It’s alright people! Tony has promised to not do it again (whatever it is this time) and promises to be more consultative. If Tony Abbott puts $1 in a jar for every time he said he would be consultative, he would be on the Forbes rich list. And he started saying it from the day they made him leader.
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He admitted that there were times when he had ‘‘stuffed up’’ politics but said that when someone became a leader, they had made a new start.

Mr Abbott took the opportunity to ‘‘apologise for the errors of my past’’ and asked the public to judge him from this point.

Mr Abbott said that he had told his colleagues that he would do his best to be a consultative and collegial leader.

Story link here http://www.smh.com.au/national/i-am-humbled-abbott-20091201-k24b.html
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He even used the I am humbled quote used by his mate Rupert a couple of years later, but he meant a different type of humble.
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There is a reason I remind people of what Abbott said the night he became his party’s leader by one vote. Because its EXACTLY the same thing Abbott has said SINCE he become leader. And there was a reason he HAD to say what he said. His election by a mere one vote was due to the fact that people did not trust his promises and he has a history of not being consultative.
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Throughout the period of opposition leader, Abbott failed to be more consultative and collegial on more than one occasion. Each time he did, he promised he wont do it again. The media will tell you this was when he was in opposition. That he is now different. But look around you. Only 58 days ago, Abbott held a ‘marathon’ press conference where he promised he will be more consultative. Especially in the senate. And with the people. He promised he would do more to make himself available to questions. And yesterday, Abbott did the same thing he did when he first became leader. He promised to be more consultative and he apologised for the errors of his past. Only in this case, the past was a few days ago when he made a non Australian Prince a Knight, and he did not consult with anyone in his party.
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But just before this apology and promise to be more consultative, Abbott had to apologise for the GP tax he had tried to ram into Medicare by stealth. He apologised for the errors of the past and he promised to be more consultative.
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And to be absolutely clear here, Abbot’s original draft of workchoices was done without consultation. Abbott’s rock solid iron clad guarantee he gave when Health Minister was given without consultation and when Howard refused to back Abbott, Abbott had to renege on his promise. But he waited till after the election. Only after the election did he apologise for his past errors and promise not to do it again
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And before the 2013 election Abbott made a string of promises all of which he has broken barr the GST one, but that looks pretty clear that its next on the table.
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After spending weeks denying he ever said those things, Abbott started to blame labor for the reason he did what he did. He then apologised and he promised to be more consultative.
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In 2010, Bob Hawke asked the electorate to look at Abbott’s form guide. Well Abbott has a form guide thats a mile long. He apologises for its length, he says he will be more consultative in the future and he promises to not do it again. And going on his form guide, he will indeed do it again and again.
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Abbott has form with promises. He breaks them. A lot. From promising to be more consultative to something being dead buried and cremated. Abbott is a compulsive liar. But he apologises for his past errors. And he promises to not do it again.
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A. Ghebranious January 2015
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2 Comments
  1. TA really believes in Catholic dispensation for any wrong doings. Trouble is that he is a repeat offender.

  2. Peter F. permalink

    Ash,
    I think Abbott is a compulsive liar, in the sense that he lies when the truth would be the easier option and one more in his interests. The fact that he is also impulsive and finds it difficult to resist acting on impulse (that is not considering the medium-term, let alone the long-term consequences) means that he is constantly faced with past statements returning to mock him.

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