How bad is Tony Abbott really? Is he

How bad is Tony Abbott really? Is he the right choice for Prime minister?

Hi Australia, we are in a unique position. We choose the people who govern us but I have a bit of breaking news. We don’t choose the Prime Minister, or at least not directly.

What actually happens is that we choose the people who represent us in Parliament. They choose who is going to be the Prime Minister. He is chosen by them as the leader of the Parliamentary party. The same happens in both major parties.

So how do we choose who we want to govern? It’s quite simple really, ask the Federal Liberal MP why he thinks that Tony Abbott is the best man to head the Liberal Party and hence become the next Prime Minister of Australia.

Let’s look at this as a job interview. What would you like in a good Prime Minister?

This is my list.

1/ A person who is well across all the domestic and International political issues.

2/ A person who is a good negotiator on the domestic and world stage.

3/ Someone who can give a 30 minute talk in detail about most Policy issues without any notes.

4/ Someone who is widely read and knowledgeable about more than just Politics.

5/ Someone who has a plan for Australia which encompasses at least 30 years.

6/ Someone who listens to the whole community and not just sectional interests.

7/ Someone who is an upstanding citizen and has a faultless past.

8/ Is honest, has integrity, empathy, good judgement and of good character.

Good Character?

This 2004 article from the Fairfax press describes several Abbott misdemeanours and aggressive behaviour.

“He was a very offensive, a particularly obnoxious sort of guy,” said Barbie Schaffer, a Sydney teacher who was at Sydney University with Mr Abbott.

“He was very aggressive, particularly towards women and homosexuals”.

Published university reports show that after a narrow defeat in the university senate elections in 1976 – Mr Abbott’s first year of an economics-law degree – he kicked in a glass panel door.”

As well as that criminal damage he has also attended court as a defendant twice. Once for Indecent Assault (see article), where he was found Not guilty and again when he was caught by Police bending a street sign. For this offence he was found guilty but no conviction was recorded.

Then there was the famous wall punching incident; where Barbara Ramjan was intimidated by Abbott by the wall being punched either side of her.

This pattern of behaviour was in the late 1970’s but it seems to have continued through to the 1980’s when Abbott threatened to punch someone else who he disagreed with about abortion.

The full detail can be read here (written by Laurie Oaks)

Integrity and good judgment?

Probably the most interesting photos of Abbott in the last 3 years which also goes to his character is and good judgment is him standing under the “Ditch the Witch” and “Juliar Bob Browns Bitch” signs

 Is this a continuation of the same behaviour that he was doing in his student days? Looks like it to me.

He’s lucky really that Australia doesn’t have, because it probably doesn’t need, a Public Order Act

Section 5 of the public order act in the UK when I was a copper, said that someone commits an offence if they used threatening. abusive, words or behaviour which may be likely to cause a breach of the peace.

This seems to fit that Bill, but the pommy boy is in Australia so it seems as if his behaviour is ok here.

What is even worse is that the others in the photo are Bronwyn Bishop, Sophie Mirabella, Warren Truss, Wyatt Roy and Ken Wyatt. All elected representatives to the parliament of Australia.

Another question about Abbott’s judgment came when he provided a character reference for John Nestor, the paedophile priest.

So the job interview isn’t going well for Tony Abbott at the moment, He is of dubious character, appeared as a defendant in a court of Law twice, was a complete homophobe in his student days and sexist to the core as well.


I am aware of three liberal party policy’s which have been delivered.

Get rid of the Climate change legislation in the form of a price on carbon which morphs into an emission trading scheme.

Get rid of the super profits tax on mining revenue and

Introduced a fibre to the node broadband network.

All the rest of tony Abbott’s policy areas have been populated by three word slogans.

Tony Abbott has gone against the World Scientific community and said that Climate change is “crap”. He has since retracted that observation but doesn’t agree that we should have a mining Tax or a price on carbon. Is this because the Liberal National party have a close association with the miners of this country, many of which aren’t Australian and don’t want to employ Australian Labour?  (ref Gina Rinehart’s remarks about $2.00 a day)

Now I used to work as a Senior Product manager and a Product marketing manager in the Telecommunications industry. So I understand the old analog telephone network and the new digital age as well. There is no doubt that the Fibre to the premises policy of the Labor party, completely eclipses a fibre to the node Liberal Party policy and I wrote about it last year here.

I was extremely disappointed when Malcolm Turnbull tried to lend his name to that farce of a policy.

The truth of the matter is that they will not be able to deliver anything like the internet requirements of Australia’s population. I just wonder if like Climate change it is just a screen to protect the  Foxtel model of Murdoch. A national Broadband fibre network puts that old technology out of play altogether and is a lazy way of stopping entertainment options being delivered in more elegant ways. Otherwise known as the protection of the cash cows of Mining and entertainment which are lock step with the Liberal party of Australia.

Integrity in what they say?

Much of what Tony Abbott has to say is questionable. And much of it is of the character of if you want to tell an untruth tell a big one.

Here is another article I wrote recently in 2013 about a stop that he did in Williamstown in Melbourne. He affirmed that the shipyard was in trouble and that was because of the $21 billion this Labor Government had taken out of the Defence Budget.

So I asked the owners of the shipyard if they were in trouble and I also asked the department of defence to list the $21 Billion that had been taken out by the Labor government. Both answers were No. The original emails are reproduced in the article.

Here is the article

About a month later the Defence Spokesman and Brigadier Jim Molan also mentioned how much the government had taken out of the defence budget. They said it was $24 Billion. So in the short interlude between the Abbott presser and their appearance on ABC breakfast they had found a further $3 thousand million dollars.

Again I asked the defence department if they stood by their earlier email (printed in full in the referenced article above) and the unequivocal answer was yes they did.

So there is part of the job interview. I would say in the topics I have chosen for the decision as to whether or not to hire Tony Abbott. (as chosen by his Party colleagues to lead them and hence he will become Prime Minister if the coalition is elected) He has comprehensively failed the tests of character and integrity necessary to become the leader of this country.

What my analysis also highlights is the judgment of his liberals for choosing a man with a demonstrated past of misdemeanour and aggression.

Please don’t vote for these people when the election is called. They are not suitable for the job.


By Vince O'Grady

Vince emigrated to Australia in 1978 from the United Kingdom, where he was a Police Constable in Brierley Hill, on the outskirts of Birmingham in the West Midlands. He saw a great deal of dysfunctional society during his four-and-a-half years’ Police service and realised the necessity of always being truthful, factual and slow to judge others. Deciding to pursue a different career in Australia, he chose telecommunications and has worked in sales, product and marketing management in the public and private sectors. In 1981, he became ill with arthritis and ceased full-time work in 1992, when he became a sessional teacher at TAFE in a number of subjects — mainly related to manufacturing. During the Howard years, he became interested in politics and after “hiding in plain sight” for many years, joined the Labor party in 2010. Vince has many interests, including social justice, inclusion and the good old Australian “fair go” for all. He has policy interests in economics and education. His interest in history shows that we make the same mistakes over and over again and hopes to make a difference to the political debate by clear thinking and analysis rather than by trite sloganeering. In his private life, Vince enjoys woodwork and also is a keen family historian, with a very Irish paternal side and a very French Huguenot maternal side — and is a mixture of a working class and an upper middle class upbringing. He has a Bachelors degree in Business and qualifications in Workplace Training and Assessing. He is also a keen home brewer of fine ales — at least according to his son!

1 comment

  1. A comprehensive epic fail in all categories,Vince. I suppose in fairness, you should include such categories as lies, lack of principles, lack of integrity, lack of morals etc, in case he feels he has been poorly treated.

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