Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.
So the 30th Newspoll has finally dropped, and as he waits for the mushroom cloud to dissipate, just what will Malcolm Turnbull do to manage the fallout?
Tony Abbott’s bravura performance as a stand-up comic at the Flat Earthers Twilight Home Laugh In, or whatever it was called, deservedly received rave reviews – the consensus was that he was a raving ratbag.
Tim Harrington, Lennox Head. Re: Cameron Bell’s article It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke. It must take a highly qualified legal mind to present a judgement that a headbuttee is the person responsible for the headbutt, rather than the headbutter.... Read More →
The media and other politicians have been quick to condemn the headbutt on Tony Abbott. However, in talking with people in cafes, in the street, at work, I have been met with a very different response.
Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.
Malcolm Turnbull was off in Hamburg, schmoozing his fellow leaders in the hope of getting something – anything – done about North Korea, terrorism, trade, Donald Trump – something – anything.
If Tony Abbott was still playing his favourite sport of rugby union, he would now be sitting on the sideline nursing a yellow card. Actually, of course, he would have been expelled from the team long ago for consistent disloyalty and indiscipline.
Tony Abbott is winning. Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s report on energy is not yet dead, buried and cremated, but Abbott and his gang of avid colliers have already left it struggling on life support.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to describe himself as a technology agnostic. As with many of his other utterances, this is not to be taken literally; our prime minister is not wrestling with the problem of whether technology actually exists or not. After all, Turnbull is the master of innovation.
For most of the time, it hadn’t been a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull. For starters, it was a non-sitting week, which meant that he didn’t have to spend much public time with the bumblers, urgers and saboteurs sitting around him on the government benches.
Mungo MacCallum Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and their armies of orcs have won. For months, years even, they inveighed against Malcolm Turnbull, vowing to destroy him, swearing mighty oaths that he must never become prime minister. They formed barricades around... Read More →
There was great jubilation last week at the news that Tony Abbott would nominate again for Warringah, with a view to remaining in parliament more or less forever.
Mungo: Tony Abbott has developed a new strategy to solve the problems of the Middle East: put in the boot. Quite a few boots, actually; boots on the ground.
The verdict was swift and unequivocal. According to Newspoll, some 62 per cent of voters thought that the replacement of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull was a good thing.
Tony Abbott says he wasn't warned by anyone of the impending leadership challenge, which resulted in his removal as prime minister.
‘These.’ said our exuberant new leader, ‘are the most exciting times in human history.’ Well, perhaps; but as the Chinese could have told him, exciting times can be a curse as well as an opportunity.
Anthony Plesko, Ballina. Why did the Libs change their leader? It had nothing to do with who is better PM nothing to do with good government, nothing to do with the needs and wishes of the people.
An obscure collective of climate change denialists has produced a bizarre research paper which has been sent to the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the hope it will influence Australia’s position leading up to the Paris climate talks.
Inge Stainlay, Murwillumbah. Yet again we have the Prime Minister for Coal, Tony Abbott and his doomed government attacking the legal rights of everyday Australians.
Prominent indigenous leaders have been summoned to Canberra for talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on constitutional recognition.
At Byron's annual Writers Festival Julia Gillard could hardly have received more rapturous applause. But for every heroine there has to be villain and the organisers cast Greg Sheridan.
Mungo: Even her most obstinate, deluded and purblind supporter (Tony Abbott) eventually realised that he would have to wake up from the nightmare that was engulfing the parliament, his government and most importantly himself.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens. Oxfam’s report Powering Up Against Poverty, released this week, shows why renewable energy will save and improve lives in developing countries while coal will further destroy them.
The Abbott government has further entrenched its position against any ambitious climate change targets, describing the recommended trajectory by the Climate Change Authority as ‘staggering’.