2nd Nov 2016
Mr Abbott wants a cabinet job to stop him being a ‘wrecker’
Mr Abbott wants a cabinet job to stop him being a ‘wrecker’

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants back into the Cabinet, requesting the Indigenous Affairs portfolio as a way to create a truce between him and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

According to an article written by his friend Catherine McGregor, published with Mr Abbott’s permission, Ms McGregor claimed that "Abbott is not for leaving" and is intent on speaking out about issues as he sees fit. She proposed that, by giving him a spot in the Cabinet, he could be brought back into line.

Another ally of the former PM said that if Mr Turnbull wants to end the unrest within his party, Mr Abbott should be reinstated on the frontbench.

Ms McGregor also suggested bringing in past prime minister John Howard to act as a mediator between the two most recent PMs.

Mr Abbott’s passion for Indigenous Affairs is well-known. He handled the role during his time as PM. It is believed he is targeting the portfolio because of Nigel Scullion’s mishandling of the Don Dale juvenile detention scandal.

It would seem that Mr Turnbull may be dealing with ‘blackmail’ of sorts, especially considering a recent News Corp article which stated that “Abbott actually believes that the ‘solidarity’ imposed upon him by the cabinet is the best insurance against his being deemed a wrecker. Only the discipline of the cabinet can completely align Abbott with his own avowed mission, the re-election of this government."

In Ms McGregor’s article, she claims that "Abbott believes that only Turnbull can restore their relationship. He is the leader. He alone can ensure that Abbott is accorded the status and workload which befits a former prime minister."

But another Liberal Party source thinks that conceding to Mr Abbott’s ‘ultimatum’ is akin to negotiating with a terrorist.

Ms McGregor believes that "there is no one better suited" to the role and that Mr Abbott "would love to do it".

"He would consider himself bound absolutely by cabinet solidarity and he said he wouldn't be a wrecker. He would honour the obligations of being a cabinet minister and serve with loyalty."

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.

What do you think of Mr Abbott’s request? Do you think he’s suited to the role of Minister of Indigenous Affairs? Do you think he handled this portfolio well when he combined it with being PM? Is this just a form of blackmail?

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    4b2
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:19am
    NO NO NO we don't need captain chaos back on the front bench. KRud was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Abbot is just a wolf and a very hungry one. If he really believed in the Westminster System as he often said (obviously when it suited him or his party), he would retire from politics and do us all a favour.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:29am
    I didn't like Rudd or Gillard but Australians did get something out of their governments. Then Abbott came along, lied and deceived us all to get in, and repealed anything he could to turn back the clock for his political masters.
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:45am
    X2, Mick.....
    Old Man
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:02pm
    MICK, I disagree with your statement about the way Abbott became PM. As I recall, Gillard's lie about the carbon tax eventually became a liability for Labor and Rudd was reborn only to save seats. Labor would have lost that election even if the proverbial brown dog stood against it.
    HarrysOpinion
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:59pm
    That liar should be sitting in jail for misleading and deceptive conduct.
    Old Man
    2nd Nov 2016
    2:37pm
    Gee HS, if we jailed politicians for lying, our jails would be full. All politicians lie but there is an easy way to find them out. You know they are lying when their lips are moving.
    HarrysOpinion
    2nd Nov 2016
    4:33pm
    That's the problem with attitudes like yours nobody wants to do anything about the corrupt, lying bastard politicians. Send them to jail on Manus Island or Nauru there will be plenty of room for them there soon.
    motaleon
    2nd Nov 2016
    6:58pm
    You are Wrong,wrong,wrong about Abbot. Do you think a man of his intelligence would put on an act of "Give me a lolly and I'll behave myself. He knows that such an attitude would brand him as an absolute stinker and he would not adopt that stance. Give him a break!
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2016
    7:01pm
    I'm really not sure about his intelligence.

    He must have had some academic ability when young, but more recently hasn't shown it.

    Maybe all that boxing has taken its toll.
    Tom Tank
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:25am
    Abbot's great strength was has as head kicker and he has that thing a boxer needs which is a "never say die" attitude.
    Based upon that I suspect that apart from an ambition to be top dog again he is out for revenge against those who where responsible for his defeat.
    He really has got what it takes to be a Prime Minister, not that are too many like that around at the moment.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:30am
    My thoughts were that he was a destroyer who together with his Party cared nothing about the country or its citizens other than the well to do.
    Tom Tank
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:58pm
    Sorry about my earlier comment which should have read
    "He really has NOT got what it takes to be a Prime Minister -----.
    Actually one thing related to the business with Bob Day - it was never clarified whether Abbott had relinquished his British Citizenship on election to Parliament.
    john
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:04pm
    No, he has not got what it takes to be a PM, sorry .
    He stuffed up last time, we can't keep rotating donkeys through our parliament , we need NEW BLOOD , and a new law of 8 year terms , no more career politicians, look at the amount of people who have been there for decades. I mean Bronwyn is gone , what about Abetz and other too long in the job useless people.
    No more career politicians. And no help for pre selection by family members either , that is really bad too.
    Not a Bludger
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:25am
    This is just another beat up by Abbott hating left wing journos carrying on as they did without letup when he was PM.

    Let them just wait until he is PM once more - as he will be.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:31am
    Methinks Abbott does want in. Having not done all that well in the business part of his life he needs the money....and likes the attention.
    Rod63
    2nd Nov 2016
    3:51pm
    Catherine McGregor is hardly an "Abbott hating left wing journo".
    Take your blinkers off.
    skallywag
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:26am
    I agree. He has a proven track record of lies. He seems to act only in his best interest. I definitely say NO
    john
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:08pm
    Listened to some comments on the TV when someone was sprouting Abbotts good things, and the questioner asked , why when we talk about Tony Abbott , all its about is Tony Abbott. Thats his problem time to go he gives not a care about the people the job , all he wants is to be in there feeding. Unsatisfactory man to be a PM already proven, please leave Mr Abbott.
    KSS
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:05pm
    If the subject of a conversation is Tony Abbott, what do you expect to talk about if not Tony Abbott?
    Strummer
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:29am
    We've had Abbott's promises before. Once bitten, twice shy.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:32am
    Good to hear it. There are many brain dead citizens who may disagree with you though. And you wonder why the nation is in trouble.
    HarrysOpinion
    2nd Nov 2016
    2:04pm
    Yeah and most of them were at this years Melbourne Cup demonstrating what bloody drunk idiots they are... many female gender... among the rest. Now that's equality for you!
    wally
    2nd Nov 2016
    6:47pm
    Malcolm needs to unite the Liberal Party and get everyone's support there. He needs to stop worrying about keeping the "bed wetters" on side and come to terms with Abbott and his supporters

    Now that Malcolm is in the prime ministerial driver's seat, ( or should that be the hot seat?) how well has he performed? The recent election result was anything but a ringing endorsement of Malcolm. His parliamentary performance has fizzled badly too. He never should have let himself by side tracked by Shorten's red herring about the alleged deal with Lionhjelm over the Adler shotguns when Malcolm should have brushed that off and concentrated on curbing to influence of the unions that he was going on about before Shorten blindsided him with the "shotgun issue" He needs to maintain his focus to provide sustainable leadership and making peace with Abbott ( or tossing him a bone to keep him quiet ) is something he needs to do sooner rather that later. Now the uproar over Bob Day's financial dealings and the carve up over the votes that saw Day elected is just another distraction Malcolm needs to deal with.
    Old Man
    2nd Nov 2016
    9:23pm
    You're right wally, Turnbull doesn't have the political skills to deflect the crap that is thrown at him. When I say crap, it is in fact a well thought out plan by Labor who long ago found out Turnbull's weakness. He thinks he is the cleverest man in the room, and he could well be, but he's not the smartest when it comes to the in-fighting that is essential in politics. He has a belief that it is better to use a hundred words when other smarter people would use two.

    Reminds me of the masterful way Keating was able to deflect hard questions that he knew shouldn't be answered. He weaved a hint into his answer that he was going to change the Australian flag. The Coalition always rose to the bait and all we heard about for the next media cycle was how the opposition insisted on keeping the flag. Keating 1 - opposition 0.
    Old Geezer
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:35am
    Why not just bring him back as PM?
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:46am
    Yeah - and bring Joey back as The Trezh at the same time and really make a bollocks of the place......
    ex PS
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:14pm
    Why not indeed, the policies are the same, changing the leader did not change the direction of the party.
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    1:51pm
    If Trebor wants to bring back former Prime ministers and treasurers, why stop with Abbott and Hockey? Let us go whole hog and bring back the economic vandals that buggered up Australia's economy in the first place, namely Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan. Then Trebor could really wallow in satisfaction as Kev and Wayne complete the job of making a bollocks of Australia's economy that these two started!
    ex PS
    7th Nov 2016
    2:16pm
    Please, please, I have said this before, but can we have a government led by Abbott and Costello, it would really reflect the standard of politician we have in this country.
    Young
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:54am
    Yes give Tony the job of indigenous affairs.
    Sundays
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:18pm
    Yes, and how will he actually help our indigenous? Nothing constructive. Nothing worse than somene who thinks they're great, but only in their own mind.
    Tedwalker
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:59am
    I think Turnbull and Abbott should both 'grow up'.
    They should concentrate on each others good points, and together contribute to the success of their party's government of Australia.
    Abbott should be reinstated, and given the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.
    Hopefully, this could reduce the tension between Turnbull and the right wing of the party.
    This divisiveness must come to an end.
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:42pm
    Then cwucify them all well! That'll solve the pwoblem!
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:12am
    The rusted ons here to see in all their glory.
    "A house divided cannot stand". That about says it all. Turnbull knows that and will only agree if he is forced into it by the factions who run his party. That'll be interesting.
    bike30
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:13am
    If you look back at our political history, there have been 'ex PMs', who have made comebacks, just after Federation in 1901, there were a couple before 1910, and the most recent one, was in the 40s....Sir Robert Menzies....yes, it was wartime, and yes, it was 1939-41, but he came back to form what is now known as the Liberal Party in 1944, and became PM a second time, from 1949 to 1966, and the only PM to bow out on his terms, yes, he was 71 at the time, but he had enough, and felt that party needed some fresh young faces, going forward, mind you Harold Holt who was elected PM, to take over from Sir Robert, was only a mere 59 year old.............so could history repeat itself, it's been done before
    Batara
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:37am
    Difference there bike is that Bob Menzies had a vision. I could stand up for and even vote for the ideals Menzies espoused. The Party he created has long since ceased to exist. It lacks leadership under Turnbull, and by selling its soul to conservative elements just to get the numbers to win Government it suffers a fate similar to Faust - the dude who sold his soul to the Devil.
    Batara
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:28am
    What more could Sir Tony desire? With support from Cate McGregor and Little Johnny Howard he would be a shoo in. LOL I really wonder about John Howard's elevation to elder statesman in the Liberal Party. I suppose being one of two PMs to lose his seat in a general election makes him special.
    More seriously, why would Abbott want to get into Cabinet? He is pulling all the strings and telling Turnbull what to do from his current position.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:12pm
    Kevin Rudd mk II.

    2nd Nov 2016
    11:31am
    It's really sad that Tony thinks he did a good job on the indigenous affairs front.

    His reality is very different from mine.
    KSS
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:09pm
    Are you claiming Aboriginality now Barak?
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:25pm
    No, but I have had a lot to do with that world.

    Haven't met many Aboriginal people who like Tony.
    KSS
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:48pm
    Funny that! I haven't met many who don't. And yes I do work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population groups.
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:55pm
    The people I know are in Victoria, a state that's never strongly supported the Sydney right of the LNP.

    Maybe you see a different grouping.
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:44am
    Of course he wants back in - he has no meaningful career to return to - that's the same meaningful career he left to serve the people in politics for a miserly sum annually and a few pence thrown to him to fund his travel requirements and so forth.... along with a guaranteed income for life as a reward for sacrificing a brilliant career to so totally serve the people.........

    Surely the poor man is Entitled ™ to the best deal he can work out from his employers!! Anything less is just the lowest abuse and use of a solid working man that could ever happen....

    Shame, Australia.. SHAME! To treat one of your very best so terribly badly.....

    (the above paid political satire brought to you by Tongue In Cheek Productions, written and spoken by Abbott Anthony (no relation to Tony Abbott) as a service to the public of Australia).......
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:20pm
    He needs the money TREBOR. And this is the misfit who wanted to run the country?
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    3:34pm
    .. and produced by Abbey Anthony and Antonia Bishop (no relation to Tony)...
    ghoti
    3rd Nov 2016
    11:08am
    Abbott and other politicians like to talk about how they are "serving" the Australian people. Poppycock. Self-serving rhetoric: they are doing a job and getting paid handsomely in return. They serve the people no more than a plumber who looks after the nation's dunnies.
    VicCherikoff
    2nd Nov 2016
    11:52am
    No way Abbott. You did your dash and failed. No one wants you back.

    2nd Nov 2016
    11:54am
    Beavis and Butthead. You choose who's who.
    Chrissy L
    2nd Nov 2016
    12:12pm
    No we don't want him back. He should take his crafty ways, lies and cronyism somewhere else, outside parliament. As for indigenous affairs, I think his visits to communities was all a PR exercise, he did nothing for indigenous people whilst PM. In fact in my opinion their plight worsened during his tenure.
    jackie
    2nd Nov 2016
    12:34pm
    OMG! Let's stop targeting our most vulnerable citizens of this country. There was nothing wrong with their country until it got invaded. When is this fool going to acknowledge it. Abbott and all our politicians are prostitute puppets that will never do anything right for this country and its people.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:21pm
    You miss the point jackie that coalition governments govern for the top end of town, not the nation.
    phantom
    2nd Nov 2016
    12:52pm
    Ms McGregor is only guessing, It's "Bull" apparently it's all a beat-up and the media keep playing it. Abbott hasn't said any of this but they want everyone to think him and Turnbull are fighting to throw everything out. Don't believe all the crap that has been written.
    Old Man
    2nd Nov 2016
    12:58pm
    Abbott is a career politician unlike Turnbull who seems to do whatever his wife wants. Abbott is well respected in the Aboriginal community, especially by some of the leaders. His commitment to work with Aboriginal communities has been evident for many years and he has never sought publicity whilst doing that work. I agree that his elevation back to Cabinet should be considered.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:22pm
    Sounds like a reference from a mate Old Man. So who are you in real life?
    Old Man
    2nd Nov 2016
    2:33pm
    Me MICK? Merely an old age pensioner, happily married, grown up kids, some grandchildren and enjoying life. Also enjoying speaking my mind in this forum and trying not to spend my time attacking other people personally but trying to stay on topic.

    I don't always agree with others but I try to keep the disagreement on an impersonal level and put forward good and valid reasons for my stance. I also try to submit some proof if others are not telling the truth. Some I agree with, some not. I don't always disagree with the same people or agree with the same people. We are all different MICK but that sometimes we all can agree in some areas.
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    2:02pm
    Not like a certain failed wannabe politician that hates the Liberals.
    Mad as Hell
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:02pm
    If he gets Indigenous Affairs "he promises to behave"
    He also promised "..no cuts to pensions.."
    I'll NEVER TRUST ANOTHER LIBERAL OR GREEN EVER
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:23pm
    And that is the real point. The man is an unmitigated liar of the worst kind with a long track record. He has no credibility.
    PlanB
    3rd Nov 2016
    12:36pm
    Yep Abbott broke every bloody promise he made -- he also said he would not undermine -- when he got kicked out -- this creep is not to be trusted in anything
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    2:00pm
    While we are discussing liars in office, does any one remember how Wayne Swan ( as treasurer) promised that Australia could look forward to getting a budget surplus five or six times? We all know how those promises worked out, even in Plan B, Mick and Mad as Hell do not.
    Mad as Hell
    4th Nov 2016
    6:06pm
    Could means -- there is a possibility
    No means -- none, not any
    What don't you understand you Wally?
    Mad as Hell
    4th Nov 2016
    6:06pm
    Could means -- there is a possibility
    No means -- none, not any
    What don't you understand you Wally?
    Amadeoz
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:15pm
    NO......PLEASE NO....NEVER AGAIN A RUDD OR AN ABBOT ,!! Let him sit outside the tent so that MT can keep an eye on him, but don't let him inside! Those narcissistic, megalomaniacal types are unscrupulous in satisfying their personal amibitions. They create more havoc in the circus tent full of crazy clowns. Enough is enough, no more dramatic acts, we finally want to see some constructive work done in our country's interest, not in that of those psychopaths.
    MICK
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:25pm
    Trouble is that most of the front bench are total psychopaths. That is indeed the issue which ordinary Australians cannot see and do not rebel against. The Trump following gives you an idea of the problem we face here as well.
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    3:37pm
    I think they are sociopaths, but their actions and attitudes are clearly psychopathic... been saying the same for years myself.
    Charlie
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:39pm
    Probably a return to the 1950's for what its worth, sometimes good ideas can be salvaged from the past but risky. Probably not as bad as believing that everything new is better.

    Probably the only reason anybody knows Tony Abbott exists, is Labor destroyed their own credibility by ducking and dodging. If Labor had done absolutely nothing, they would still be in power, that's how hard it is to beat Tony Abbott.

    2nd Nov 2016
    1:40pm
    This wanker needs to DISAPPEAR from parliament altogether. Promising to go quietly, he has done nothing but stir up trouble to get his name in the headlines, yawn! Malcolm may not be the most popular PM but Abbott was the worst, a total embarrassment on the Australian and overseas stage. Don't give this dickhead anything!
    Amadeoz
    2nd Nov 2016
    1:49pm
    Malcolm Turnbul moved Joe Hockey to a safe, happy spot. What about the Abbot to The Vatican. He has a friend there who can play Ladders with him after lunch and a little nap.
    bebby
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:14pm
    Amadeoz, great idea.

    2nd Nov 2016
    1:53pm
    Was it 19% Tony's popularity reached?
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    1:55pm
    Along with everything else you claim as fact, this statistic is dead wrong too.
    Amadeoz
    2nd Nov 2016
    2:00pm
    Minus 19. It should be possible to record negative opinions. None of our politicians actually score positively. Polls are skewed.
    john
    2nd Nov 2016
    4:59pm
    Sorry Tony , you have to retire. You can't blackmail Turnbull, because then your blackmailing all the people as well.
    I want a cabinet job or I'll keep being a rotten member , are you kidding Tone , really, Turnbull should shove this fellow out the gate.
    For god sakes man , leave go and do other things with your life , get out of this foul filthy game of politics , grow a brain and realise there are better things than looking like a chastised child all the time. Show a bit of Dignity!!!!
    john
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:05pm
    Tom Tank , saw your message , no worries.
    grounded
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:05pm
    The Commentary Page of YLC is now not much more than a pup out of the Guardian, or one of Fairfax's rags....just shrill leftish echoes...over and over and over.....

    Use to be so informative and enlightening....('just saying')
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:29pm
    Tony was sacked as PM by his own party, obviously a bunch of shrill lefties.

    I am happy to see rightist comment here, but make it intelligent discussion, not just barracking.
    KSS
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:12pm
    With you (and Mick) the arbiter of 'intelligent' discussion Barak?
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:27pm
    I'm just asking for posts that contain more than "Tony is a clever man", or the like.

    I try very hard to avoid saying simply "Tony is an idiot". If you catch me at it, please call me on it.
    Stof
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:06pm
    Oh for Pete's sake...he is acting like a petulant schoolboy bully. He'll behave if he gets his way! He should be permanently put in the naughty corner. He already has proven himself to agree to anything as long as he gets his way. What a twit and waste of taxpayers money he is!
    Jenny
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:12pm
    I know it might seem a little strange, but it could be worth a try to elevate Tone to the ministry again. He just might stop rocking the boat for Mal and we could get some worthwhile work done in the House. It would seem that he's not going to quietly pack his tent and leave and they can't really force him out. If it didn't work out, then we could always dump the lot of them again come the next election. What we replace them with heaven knows, and this from a past Labor voter.
    TREBOR
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:47pm
    Why would Australia want him to stop rocking the boat?

    We saw the same with the Gillard/Rudd years, now it's turn about for their 'opponents' in the Tag Team game of politics of two parties.

    Just as the Australian people are beginning, in some number, to see what our politicians are really all about and how much like a nappy they have become... you want to pull the plug on the theatrics?
    Jenny
    2nd Nov 2016
    6:16pm
    Well yes, I see your point, but my concern is that so much time is wasted in all this argy bargy and they are being paid quite handsomely for their time. I can't help thinking about this money which is coming out of OUR wallets into theirs while they fart around like this. There is business that needs to be attended to while they fight like schoolyard kids.
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    2:08pm
    If Malcolm lacks the political nous to compromise and unite the Liberal Party by throwing a bone to Abbott ( in this case, perhaps the Indiginous Affairs portfolio ) to keep him quiet, then how can he expect to get the country to get behind him and support the policies he is presenting to Parliament? Maybe he should develop a thicker hide and stop behaving like the "poor petulant petal " in public when his ideas are not automatically and instantly agreed to when he brings them up.
    ex PS
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:17pm
    By all means bring him back, he will knife Malcolm within twelve months and guarantee a change of government. Best strategy I seen from this mob of misfits in decades. Guaranteed to give the voters what they want and need.
    Rae
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:56pm
    Well as long as they are fighting amongst themselves they aren't making our lives more difficult and that's a good thing in my opinion.

    So far the only thing I can see them do is to deny hard working PS their promised entitlements.

    Didn't really need them but that was the promise to get the money and save on salaries.

    As well as breaking that promise I think they have broken The Accord in the rush to privatise everything.

    I had to explain The Accord to my daughter last night.

    You and I both gave up wage rises to fund that agreement and now look at the mess they've made.

    We should have taken the money.

    If Abbott is in one of those old schemes he may need the higher income for his retirement benefits.
    Eve
    2nd Nov 2016
    5:38pm
    Tony Abbot has been in Parliament for so long, I doubt that he is suited for a job outside of Parliament. But after his effort as PM at destroying the entire middle and working classes in this country ($100,000 degrees, casualised employment for all and therefore no capacity to borrow money, 6 - 8 fold increase in TAFE fees, entrenched tax/super advantages for the wealthy, cuts to health care, savage cuts to all welfare programs, etc.), the last thing I'd be looking for is to unleash this meathead onto Aboriginal people. How long before he put church attendance as a pre-requisite for welfare benefits? (only partially joking - TA is seriously deranged).
    KSS
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:40pm
    "How long before he put church attendance as a prerequisite for welfare benefits?"

    Well that would cut the welfare bill. Limit it to Christian church goers only. We'd pay off the entire $40b deficit in about 3 years or less!
    Eddy
    2nd Nov 2016
    8:49pm
    II am reminded by Oliver Cromwell's address to Parliament (as follows) in 1653. It seems very pertinent today.
    Quote" It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?
    Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
    Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
    Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

    Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God's help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.
    I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.
    Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

    In the name of God, go!' Unquote
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    2:14pm
    Didn't we just have a double dissolution election earlier this year? Looks like the voting public did not share Turnbull's ( or Cromwell's )view of things either.

    By the way, what was the outcome ( and/or wash up ) of Cromwell's quotation? Was he successful in getting Parliament to do as he wanted?
    Not Senile Yet!
    2nd Nov 2016
    10:20pm
    Oh yeah!!!
    Let's get him back....nobody lies like he does!
    Nobody else can be a headkicker like Abbott!
    Then again....let's bring back Workchoices....and Privatise Medicare as well!!
    Oh and hang on.....while we are at it let's Sell ALL the Public Hospitals to Private Enterprise and then De-Regulate them as well!
    Bring in National Service for 12mths at the age of 18 and make it compulsory for all...regardless!
    PlanB
    3rd Nov 2016
    8:44am
    Abbott is an idiot / dangerous / a self confessed liar / never can be trusted / he is a Narcissistic psychopath and he does not care a hoot about the Indigenous people --- in fact he needs to be sacked he is the very worst PM we have ever had!
    wally
    3rd Nov 2016
    2:15pm
    Is PlanB really Kevin Rudd writing under a pen name?

    3rd Nov 2016
    9:36am
    There are many intelligent, courageous, innovative and insightful indigenous leaders in this country with first hand lived experience of issues related to indigeous people who won't buy into the slimy, grimy, limiting, political game-playing, parrotting the party line world of major party politics, but who ''by all that is right and proper' should be in charge of the Ministry responsible for Indigenous Affairs....

    But personally think indigenous Australians should start their own political party in order to gain better outcomes for indigenous people - God knows what we've been doing for past 200 plus years hasn't been a shining success by any measure.

    But think I'd be giving the Abbott suggestion a fairly wide berth.

    Something about the political leaders and politicians generally - of recent years i.e. Abbott and Rudd - that seems to take narcissism and megalomania to staggering new and unhealthy extremes on all levels....
    Crazy Horse
    3rd Nov 2016
    3:31pm
    Tony Abbott was beyond question the worst Prime Minister this country has ever had. Not only incompetent but cruel and downright nasty as well. He shouldn't be in the Parliament at all let alone in the ministry.
    PlanB
    4th Nov 2016
    7:09am
    LOL and also a Christian ????-- and was once a priest !
    Says a lot !
    Anonymous
    4th Nov 2016
    11:19am
    Yes. hardly a good advertisement for Christianity and Catholicism.
    Circum
    3rd Nov 2016
    11:30pm
    Tony Abbott slashed the living conditions of many older folk.He did so brutally without warning and without any phasing in to warn older Australians.As for stubbornness and stupidity he would not relent on his parental benefits scheme.Unbelievable would be an understatement.As for a return to the front bench....go away you had your chance and stuffed it.
    Anonymous
    4th Nov 2016
    11:18am
    Tony Abbott did that damage to pensioners after saying, on the day before the election, "there will be no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS" .

    He's a pathological, uncaring liar.
    Wynhill
    4th Nov 2016
    5:27pm
    He's a liar and a bully - made worse, I suspect, by brain damage from his boxing days. He certainly has the stance and other signs of an old punch-drunk boxer. John
    Anonymous
    4th Nov 2016
    5:32pm
    I reckon there's something in your theory Wynhill.

    He was academically successful when young, attending institutions which rate public speaking very highly but his public performance as PM truly embarrassing. Could hardly put two words together.
    Mad as Hell
    5th Nov 2016
    7:26am
    If Tony Abbot were to retire today he would get more than $300,000 pa pension.
    Why don't we change the the pre 2004 politicians pensions? No. Can't do that, that would be retrospective legislation.
    Let's change the Pensioner Assets Test, make it retrospective, great idea.
    Thank you Tony, Liberals and Greens.



    Got to love him
    Jurassicgeek
    7th Nov 2016
    11:28am
    Remember .."the worst Prime Minister in history?? If he wants back in he wants the top job again.. but no he cant have it.. Not saying turdbull is any better....next thing we will have a rudd/gillard/rudd/gillard etc ...scenario ..no thanks never again for tony abscess
    Suzette
    8th Nov 2016
    10:05am
    Go away Tony ... stop throwing a spanner in the works !!
    TinTin
    18th Apr 2017
    8:47pm
    Abbott is a member of the IPA and the IPA have set out 100 requests or should I say demands from the LNP. These requests are payback for $millions if not $billions of donations from the members who are big business and the elite. The majority of these requests are extremely destructive to the majority of the population and favour big business only. This is just one reason why Abbott should never return, other reasons are his relentless lying, misogyny and the fact that he will not produce a dated copy of his British citizenship revocation.
    Bd
    18th Apr 2017
    9:00pm
    Abbott was the worst PM in our history and Hockey probably the worst Treasurer. We are well rid of both of them. Turnbull did Australia a great favour by doing the removal. Abbott should resign but he is too bitter to do it and only wants revenge and attention. He continues to lie and twist facts to obtain any advantage he can. He is a disgrace to the Liberal party.
    PlanB
    21st Apr 2017
    10:29am
    Abbott should be chucked out AND lose his pension and perks as well he is a lying evil SOB!
    Same as ALL that rip off the Taxpayers such as Susan Ley and all the others they should not be on the back bench they should be out looking for work like the rest of the taxpayers, also NOT getting good jobs with the likes of the mining companies they have been supporting!


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