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Tony Abbott's Archaic Views - Australian Politician

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See this new GetUp ad that takes Abbott to task for his views on women. Some of Tony Abbott's archaic views are escaping the attention of the media and the Australian public


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:35 pm
Thank you dear Jenny xxx

gail dair (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:26 am
Thanks Jenny

Mandy M (13)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 10:50 am
Thank you Jenny.

Paul Carter Block (28)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:56 pm
Aussie politics are in a worrying condition right now. There was relief and joy when GWB's sycophant, the awful John Howard, was ousted. Kevin Rudd promised a new era of hope and social progress but, sadly, failed to deliver. Then recently there wasl the coup which replaced him with Julia Gillard. She leads a government with a very tenuous hold on power and is looking to form a coalition with like-minded minority parties. I can only hope that Australia's experience of a coalition is not as souring as ours in the UK where the Liberal Democrats this May sacrificed their long-held principles in exchange for their moment in the spotlight as puppets of the Conservatives.

Selina K (3)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:50 pm
Many of these comments were taken out of context.
As for Tony saying he would not give the Cervical Cancer Vaccine to his daughters shows that he has concerns over the safety of the vaccine not that he is a neglectful parent. The vaccine has caused many deaths and thousand have suffered painful side effects.

Chris S (5)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:20 pm
Yep, a lot of Tony's comments are cause for concern, but I have to agree with Selina K, as I too would never have or give that vaccine to myself of my kids. The level of adverse reaction to it is too high in my opinion. There are other ways to screen for this, and the vaccine is not a one step fix it all either! Tony Abbott has a lot of views that I do not agree with, but I think at least he has the guts to at least say how he feels and not hide it at least. You know where you stand with him. Nope, I don't like him much but a party is not just who the leader is either. With the independents now having some level of power in our Govt, the old 2 party deadlock may now get a real shake up. AND - some poliies may now actually think about voting with their conscience and not just party politics! Time will tel.........

Lynda G (123)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:20 pm
One party caters to business and wealth, giving them tax cuts and allowing them to make more money by paying employees less. By cutting back on welfare, schools and hospitals, they can pack the money away into the reserve bank. They do look after the economy, and have money set aside for emergency, but the at the expense of the average citizen.

The other party, when it gets in, uses an alarming amount of reserve bank savings to revive the fund-starved schools and hospitals, and raise welfare payments. They listen to the people and try to do the right thing, but they often do it recklessly, wasting more money.

It's a good thing we have both parties. The bank is emptied and refilled, the schools and hospitals suffer feast and famine but they keep going, and the 'working class' have the occasional opportunity to put a little more in their bank accounts.

It seems to me Australia would be far better having alternative 4 year terms instead of having expensive - and tiresome - elections. Thanks to Julia Gillard, we didnít get a full term of Kevin Rudd, who was doing his best to undo the financial strangulation we suffered in 11 years under John Howard.

This might go against the principles of democracy, but couldnít we use elections to demand WHAT we, the citizens want, instead of WHO we think will do the least harm?

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:21 pm
Thanks for these comments - Lynda, Chris, Selina, Paul, Mandy, Gail and Simone.
And thanks for noting, everyone.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:46 pm
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Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:03 pm
Thanks for post.

Congratulations to GetUp for managing to get shortened versions of this ad to air, and for helping to get the electoral roll enlarged.

As Australia's politics are in caretaker mode and seem to have resulted in a hung parliament, it's difficult to forecst what might happen next.

Tony Abbott might have some archaic ideas, but many people agree with them; he might have been quoted out of context; but who hasn't been.

I suspect that in this election:

1. Many Australians wanted to punish the Labor Government for firing Kevin Rudd with no reference to them;
2. Tony Abbott ran a much better campaign than many people expected;
3. Julia Gillard ran a much worse campaign than many people thought possible;
4. Voters became bored with the whole thing quite quickly.

Result--right now unknown.

I hope our politicians learn from this election to concentrate on their policies and refrain from bickering over personal qualities, and get on with governing us.


Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:06 pm
Thanks for commenting Mary. I think you've hit the nail on the head. I too hope our politicians learn from this experience!

Lynda G (123)
Friday August 27, 2010, 1:12 am
Jenny NOMAILPLS, I was going to send a 'thank you' for the green star, but you asked for no mail, so I'll thank you here!

Mary Donnelly - I don't understand what you mean by "helping to get the electoral roll enlarged"? My knowledge of politics is still not great! Could you explain it to me? I too saw the shortened version on TV, and was quite impressed, but only saw it once. Pity.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday August 27, 2010, 8:37 am
Clarification of "getting the electoral roll enlarged".
John Howard's government passed a law that enrollment to vote must stop a day after the election is called.
He did this to give himself an advantage in being re-elected, which he was. this is because voting is compulsory in Australia, but most of the 18 year olds take a while to register themselves on the roll. As young people are more likely to have radical ideas and the older voters are more likely to be conservative, it worked for him.
When Julia Gillard called the election, there were about 100000 young people who would have been disenfranchised by that law. GetUp took the matter to the High Court and won the case, so that the youngsters could enroll and vote.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:56 pm
Thank you Lynda...I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:58 pm
Alexandra, your clarification is much appreciated!

Lynda G (123)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 12:24 am
Thank you very much for explaining "getting the electoral roll enlarged", Alexandra R. I knew nothing about this. I didn't think I could summon up any less respect for John Howard, but yes - I can!

My son voted for the first time in this election, and spent a lot of time studying all the policies of all the parties to make an educated and thoughtful choice. He was nervous, and made a mistake on his ballot paper. When he asked for another, the man gave it to him with much grumbling and scowling. This made him so nervous he made another mistake - and the man refused to give him another ballot paper! Can you believe this? Fortunately, the kind lady next to him signed a paper and handed it to him with a smile, and the voting supervisor had "a quiet word" to Mr Grumpy.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 3:14 pm
Thanks Alexandra and Lynda H. I have not been back to this site for a while so I was unaware of the problems you fixed.

Animae C (507)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 11:08 pm
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