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The Tony Abbott Saga

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Tony Abbott
Anthony John "Tony" Abbott MP, born November 4, 1957, is the 28th and current Prime Minister of Australia. He has held this position since 2013, and been Leader of the Liberal Party since 2009. | Photo: Alex Ellinghausen | Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, Australia, Liberal Part, Tie,

Putting His Foot in It

Australia is currently run by Anthony John "Tony" Abbott. He was elected in 2013, and is the 28th Prime Minister of Australia. His leadership of the Liberal Party started in 2009. In recent times, he has been the brunt of much jeering and booing. This is perhaps, because his middle name should have been "Faux Pas." This is not a criticism, but a critique from an outsider, of someone who has turned a reasonably stable country into a bit of a joke.

It would be interesting to see what the reasons are that make the Australians so unhappy after voting for the man. He has been the Prime Minister of Australia since 2013. The next election will only take place in 2017. Can the Australians hang on for that long? It has been a hectic rollercoaster ride for them since he, Anthony John "Tony" Abbott and the liberal coalition party took office.

The rollercoaster ride included a number of faux pas during this time. It would be great to have been able to place these in chronological order, but it would be a difficult task because there are so many. There are so many, that some of it could be missed here.

It would be brutal not to mention the major faux pas, which many regard, not only as a "brain snap," but as a "diplomatic faux pas" as well (Bill Shorten). The thought crosses the mind whether Mr Abbot was aware that Vladimir Putin holds a black belt in Judo and that he might have been in a spot of bother had he tried to shirt front the man. It is not so much the threat that places the man in the same category as former vice-president, Dan Quayle (of the USA), but the extreme context in which such a comment was made - the downing of a major airline, MH17.

How about the time when he walked into parliament, and was the only one without a white ribbon? This was on the National White Ribbon Day. Questions float through the mind as to whether he did this on purpose or was he making a statement of clandestine sort. Maybe he should read the book Fifty Shades of Grey. You are either for or against domestic violence or violence against women period. This is especially against the backdrop of an Australian survey, the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) in 2013 that found much of the violence against women in Australia are being justified or excused.

Can one possibly deny the fact that he winked for another reason (beyond the obvious) other than in reference to a sex-line pensioner talking to him on a radio station? Any excuses or explanations he could venture to have on this issue cannot negate the exact timing of the wink. The smile (or even the supposed seriousness) afterward does nothing to restore the initial idea behind the wink.

In general, Mr Abbot does not seem to have a sentry in front of his mouth. He seems to have an open door where the gaffes just flow right out:
  • "No one," said Abbott, "however smart, however well-educated, however experienced ... is the suppository of all wisdom."
  • "They're very forthright remarks, and I think that they're perfectly appropriate remarks for the Canadian Prime Minister to make. Canadia, Canada, probably has more involvement in the affairs of Europe than Australia often does, but ...," Mr Abbott responded.
  • On Syrian crisis: "It's not goodies versus baddies, it's baddies versus baddies."

These gaffes can go on and on and end up in a very long list. Somehow, a line should be drawn somewhere. There is not much, though, one can do for someone who goes around "putting his foot in it" all the time. At least President Gerald Ford tripped over his own two feet, whereas President Tony Abbott trips over his own tongue all the time.

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