Tag Archives: Tony Abbott

Electoral Last Words

LABOR’S claim that an Abbott government would cut services to fund its promises is resonating in the electorate – but the Coalition is resisting huge pressure to crank up its own attack ads about Kevin Rudd. Labor’s nightly track polling in marginal seats by party pollster UMR, provided to The Australian, shows that over the […]

liberal (small L)

A Liberal Party candidate proposed a radical new policing system in which criminal suspects would be injected with satellite-trackable microchips shot from a ”high powered sniper rifle”. Ray King, who is contesting the western Sydney electorate of McMahon, was behind the idea, which he claimed would improve productivity of the NSW Police Force. Mr King, […]

Meet the New Boss

Kevin Rudd has ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia’s Labor Party. He won by 57 votes to 45, in a leadership ballot of Labor lawmakers. The change comes ahead of a general election due in September, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose. This is the latest twist in a long […]

Alan Jones, feminism and Australian politics

Radio personality Alan Jones has been in trouble again, this time because he made some insensitive comments about the recent death of the father of Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Sydney University’s Liberal Club President’s Dinner. Jones suggested Gillard’s father ‘died of shame’ as a result of the lies his daughter had told the […]

Tony Abbott is a Spanker

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has admitted he’s not only a reader of “mummy porn”, the steamy sub-genre of literature featuring descriptions of sex scenes, he has a preferred author. Mr Abbott told the Sydney Triple M breakfast show The Grill Team, that he had read both The Bride Stripped Bare by Australian author Nikki […]

Processing While U Wait

The sinking of a boat carrying 200 asylum seekers last week near Christmas Island has reignited debate over Australia’s policy deadlock. The government has renewed a call for a refugee swap deal with Malaysia to deter people smuggling. However, the opposition is demanding that an immigration detention centre on Nauru be reopened. Meanwhile, authorities say […]

Your merit good is not meritorious, therefore it has been cancelled

Instead of doing, you know, actual work last night (how do I hate thee HMRC, let me count the ways), I spent quite a bit of the evening reading articles and responding to the news that new Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has cancelled (I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but never mind) the […]

The Notpology

Apologising for something one does not think is wrong is not very nice. Apart from anything else, it is insincere. I have done it several times in my life, once publicly. The public apology was not a success for anyone concerned (me or those who disliked me), and I have long since retracted it. Sometimes […]

Further evidence that women are obsessed with shoes

I promise that this will be our last shoe post. Yes, really! DeusExMacintosh came up with the idea, which I then executed. She was unable to find suitable pictures on which to exercise her black belt in photoshop, you see, so I stepped in. Why, you may wonder, do I not do this sort of […]

When one’s IQ is less than one’s shoe size, and we’re only talking one shoe…

I am stealing this observation from regular commenter Nick Ferrett, because it bears repeating: So Tony Hodges, the PM’s senior media advisor has resigned after disclosing to the tent embassy people that Abbott was at the Lobby Restaurant with Gillard. OK, you people are now officially too stupid to be in government. Leave aside the morality […]