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About Tony Abbott: we hate to say 'We told you so', but ... : Comments

By Alan Austin, published 9/2/2015

That stench of hypocrisy worsening by the hour is from Australia's mainstream media newspapers and electronic media run by Fairfax, Murdoch and the ABC.

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Statements like this: "The mainstream media, in contrast, ignored the evidence and advanced the message their wealthy backers wanted voters to believe." Mark the write as so hard left as to be beyond reason. It is difficult to think of any mainstream political writer who hasn't repeatedly pointed to Mr Abbott's undoubted flaws... But, as I noted, the writer is uninterested in analysis..
Posted by Curmudgeon, Monday, 9 February 2015 9:20:11 AM
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The issue is not Abbott who has just survived the spill motion.

The problem is the LNP which is the most incompetent government in my memory. I have voted in 15+ elections and have often voted LNP but also ALP and even Green.

This government has no policy other than motherhood statements and slogans. Even their pre election policy document was a farce with no actual policy details...simply a wish list.

The LNP have had 18 months to deliver good policy and failed and the PM has the gall to stand before the public and say "he has learnt from his mistakes". There is no recovery for the LNP as they continue to demonstrate a schism between the extreme right wing ideology they practice and what the voting public actually expect.

Oh for a leader with vision; bring back a Hawke, a Keating or even Malcolm Fraser would be acceptable.

Abbott will ditch all of the electorally difficult policies now with the only objective being re-election and to hell with the country.

bah humbug!
Posted by Peter King, Monday, 9 February 2015 10:01:25 AM
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no mention of stopping drownings and illegals Alan as well as scrapping the most dishonest tax that previous PM lied about. Just shows the hatred you have blurs your vision. Were you one of the regressives who a few years ago said Tony was unelectable?
Posted by runner, Monday, 9 February 2015 10:02:55 AM
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20x20 hindsight is a wonderful thing Alan and nowhere in your critique have you laid out what could have been done different?

Even so, the Leopard has offered to change his spots!

Hardly the problem given the policy choices have been and remain the problem?

So, what could be done differently?

Well, lets reverse the pain and remove all the remaining middle class welfare; thereby freeing up 85 billion + P.A.?

To retire debt, balance the budget/bring down a surplus!

Around Australia there are literally dozens of shovel ready projects, that once built, will produce income; i.e., the range crossing/rapid rail links. Many paid for by the sale of resumed and rezoned land.

Other similar projects, could be funded initially, via self terminating thirty year bonds.

And pay off the bond commitments, via earned income!

Vastly cheaper power, would pay for itself a dozen times over, during the productive life of the thorium power plants we could build; thereby attracting energy dependent high tech manufacture to these shores.

REAL tax reform, that eliminates avoidance, the parasites and unproductive practice, to create the world's cheapest tax system; DOABLE, to also end the current industrial exodus from these shores.

The trouble for Tony and other politicians, is the elitist approach, the endemic recalcitrant tin ears; plus an inherent inability to think outside the box!?

Plus a refusal to end an unnecessary reliance on foreigners, and the control that comes with it, not to mention asset stripping/virtual destruction of Australian icons.

For heavens sake, we have a super fund, that at 1.8 trillion, is bigger than our economy!

We can't keep buying far more than we sell to the rest of the world.

What's missing is a helmsman with enough vision to steer a path towards prosperity, and true economic sovereignty!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Monday, 9 February 2015 10:30:28 AM
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Is this bloke still around? Hell, I thought he would have drowned in the growing pool of his own stinking bile by now.

Does anyone except Shorten actually read his tripe. I would think even lefties would find it hard to stomach.

Do you publish him just to show how disgusting the far left is Graham, or to frighten the children?
Posted by Hasbeen, Monday, 9 February 2015 12:17:01 PM
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It's all very well to finger-point - however
how about some suggestions as to what should
be done next to improve things. And if we are
really in such dire straights - as far as
our country's leadership is concerned and the
current government - who would be a better
alternative? And why?

Any ideas?
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 9 February 2015 12:50:34 PM
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