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Tony Abbott on divisiveness : Comments

By Sarah Burnside, published 28/2/2013

Opposition to divisiveness is a recurring theme for Tony Abbott, however this tactic is a manipulative con.

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It appears that some are putting words into Abbott’s mouth and also accusing "conservatives" of extraordinary political tactics. This may be a sign that Labor (which has just divided from the Greens) is worried that Abbott's victory in September is inevitable.

Not that Abbott appears to be successfully using a strategy of less negativity, while Labor, the Greens and parts of the Union movement are imploding all by themselves.

Note also that Labor has become so centrist that many senior Labor politicians can be labelled "conservative" - for example on same sex marriage.

Probably the most clear divisions in Australian politics (other than Liberal vs Greens) is between different Labor factions - for example the Left, Centre Left, NSW Right. Labor backbenchers are largely appointed to the Ministry on the basis of factional divisions.

I’ve voted Labor and Greens before but maybe not this time.
Posted by plantagenet, Thursday, 28 February 2013 9:12:16 AM
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Graham surely having exclusive use of our ABC should be enough for the lefty propagandists, without giving then space for this boring cr4p on here.

This article does show the danger of having unopposed access to a medium where counter argument is prevented. With no argument to sharpen it, the propaganda can get as sloppy as this lot.

When it gets this bad, it is heartening for anyone sick of the stupidity.
Posted by Hasbeen, Thursday, 28 February 2013 9:25:24 AM
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The writer is objecting to Tony Abbott speaking against divisiveness while describing various social inequities and divisions herself.

This is the very logic that gets the Left into trouble every time. Their belief that "we are one" while constantly relying on the race, gender, income, etc wars to promote their political agenda. You can't have it both ways.
Posted by Atman, Thursday, 28 February 2013 9:47:00 AM
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Correction - second para of my post above:

NOT that Abbott appears to be successfully using...

Is meant to be:

Note that Abbott appears to be successfully using a strategy of less negativity, while Labor, the Greens and parts of the Union movement are imploding all by themselves.
Posted by plantagenet, Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:08:44 AM
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...The strength of Democracy is in openness, the strength of Capitalism is in lies and evasion. Unfortunately for the Western Democracies, they exhibit an elite political class focused and financed on Capitalist gain.
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:23:21 AM
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Abotts negative comments where so divisive that without thinking of him I press the remote
button.
Posted by PEST, Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:08:56 AM
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