The Australian unfaltering support for Mr. Abbott.

Have I missed something that must have occurred overnight. There must have been an election called. Looking at my emails and feeds, ,especially those from the Australian, going out of their way to tell us how wonderfully prepared is Mr. Abbott to lead this country.

The Australian is full of negative articles on the PM, all emphasising the pressuring she is under. The paper has gone out of it’s way to print very positive articles for Mr. Abbott. In depth on foreign Affairs and Industry.

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“…..FOR a supposedly populist politician focused on domestic issues, foreign affairs has played a central role in Tony Abbott’s rise and political ascendancy.

Just after he became Opposition Leader, he attended a Sydney lunch, with prime minister Kevin Rudd, for an Israeli delegation led by a cabinet minister.

This was an occasion for Rudd to shine – the Middle East, an international setting, loads of Israelis and friends of Israel. But Abbott stole the show that day by remarking that no delegation of Israelis would ever imagine that climate change was the greatest moral challenge of our time…”

I suggest that the Israelis only see their own needs as important. I cannot remember them ever showing concern for other people in their region. As for climate change, I am not so sure that Israel is into coal power to any great number. Mr. Abbott is better than Mr. Rudd, because he made a sarcastic remark, that had any meaning to the gathering. A remark that bought domestic politics to the world stage. Yes that is clever, especially when the fact is that Israel does take climate change seriously.

Making stupid remarks on the world stage makes this highly educated man clever. I miss the point.

“…..Government Decision on Preparation of a Climate Change Plan

Within the framework of a government decision on the preparation of a climate change action plan in Israel, working groups on mitigation were appointed in the summer of 2009 to prepare scenarios and means for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in different fields (e.g., energy, transport, agriculture, planning and building, etc.). The working groups will recommend national targets for potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction based on Israeli studies and the negotiations for a global agreement (post 2012).

http://www.sviva.gov.il/bin/en.jsp?enPage=e_BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=Zone&enDispWho=climate_mitigation&enZone=climate_mitigation…”

“….Abbott’s domestic success – polls show he would become prime minister in a landslide if an election were held now – is attributable in large measure to two issues in which foreign policy is central. He destroyed two leaders – Malcolm Turnbull on his own side and Labor’s Rudd – with an international argument, namely that the rest of the world is not doing anything like an emissions trading scheme or carbon tax, and therefore it would be folly for Australia unilaterally to impose such costs on itself…..”

Yes he has destroyed two leaders. That is his specially, demolition. The foreign affairs issues that the rest of the world is not doing anything. Surely Mr. Sheridan is joking, even he must know this is a lie.

“…..Yet, until today, there has not been a long, substantial foreign policy interview with Abbott. But the Opposition Leader is full of paradox. With degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford and three years in a Catholic seminary, Abbott would be, formally, our best-educated prime minister since World War II, with only Bob Hawke having equivalent qualifications. As a young man, Abbott lived abroad and, long before entering politics, travelled through Eastern Europe, India and Israel, essentially out of political interest……”

If the man is so highly educated and smart, tell me why he takes much trouble to hide the fact. Very little he says, shows his education and ability. He presents himself as one of the mob, with similar tastes and ideas. I can only say he is promoting a false picture of himself. More lies, lies, lies.

“…Abbott wants to take the relationship with China as far as it can go, he says, but “as long as China is a Communist Party-dominated autocracy there will be some bonds that will be hard to establish and maintain”….”

Well there is nothing like reminding us of the reds under the bed and the commo’s are coming to get us. Easier than making the effort to learn and deal with today’s issues. Everything is much easier in hindsight.

“…He would legalise the export of uranium to India and describes Australia’s scuttling of the quadrilateral security dialogue involving India, the US, Japan and Australia as “a great mistake”….”

Yes, encourage more nuclear weapon’s in a unstable part of the world. Very necessary thing to do.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/abbott-has-right-stuff-to-master-the-world/story-e6frgd0x-1226128545821 …..”

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“……TONY Abbott made a speech on Monday this week about the economic challenges facing Australia. He spoke strongly in favour of market forces and free trade, and stressed the importance of governments not trying to pick winners. “The Coalition is strongly opposed to industry policy that props up over-manning and feather-bedding or that does not count the cost of intervening and honestly face up to it.” …”

“….. Paul Kelly saw this as a sign of Abbott “playing both sides of the fence”, pandering to protectionism, and displaying “stunning economic populism”….”

I can only agree with Mr. Kelly. Ms Taylor also appears to have similar beliefs.

“….Another to make a similar claim was The Sydney Morning Herald’s Lenore Taylor, who wrote: “Inquiring has the added advantage of allowing a party to appear to be all things to all people, which is more or less what the Coalition leader promised to be in his speech on Monday, where he said he was committed to free markets but also saw good reasons to protect manufacturing.”…”

“……If you start with that view, the temptation to read Monday’s arguments simply as code for retro-populism and channelling Bob Santamaria is probably irresistible….”

Funny how Mr. Bob Santamaria name keeps popping up.

“…One of Abbott’s skills is to wear his Rhodes scholarship and his learning lightly. Bob Hawke was the only other contender for the highest office to match him in that regard. Both understand that policy forums and summits where stakeholders can hammer out acceptable compromise positions are very useful because they’re the best way to ensure that leaders take enough of the people with them.

On that score it’s worth noting that John Howard recently broke cabinet confidentiality to confirm Abbott was the senior minister who’d had industrial relations in his portfolio who was most critical of Work Choices when it was discussed…”

Maybe but I do not remember Mr. Hawke giving the impression that he was uneducated or stupid. The opposite was true, Mr. Hawke was proud of his intelligent. Coming from the union movement meant that he could genuinely mix with all. He did not act the part. What we saw was Mr. Hawke.

“…Nor will he be falling into what he sees as the Gillard government’s besetting sin: “telling business what’s good for it and abusing people who dare to disagree”.

Nor will he be falling into what he sees as the Gillard government’s besetting sin: “telling business what’s good for it and abusing people who dare to disagree”….”

No chance of that, he will be too busy lying and telling them what they want to hear.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/industry-debate-more-nuanced-than-it-seems-in-print/story-e6frgd0x-1226128391645

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“…TONY Abbott is offering to work with the Gillard government on a policy of processing asylum-seekers offshore, if Nauru is included, as Labor faces a split over how Australia handles efugees …”

“….I think Nauru might be legally acceptable, subject to Nauru signing the UN refugee convention and secondly the Australian government establishing the processing centre, staffing the processing centre with Australian officials and having them answerable to Australian law in such a way the processing centre would be akin to an embassy or a consulate that we have in overseas countries, which at law are recognised as sovereign Australian soil.”..”

Well why not just do it onshore, where I am sure it is less costly.

And while they are at it, I suggest they get rid of the private companies running the centres. The experiment has been a failure.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/tony-abbott-puts-nauru-deal-to-julia-

I assume it will be on the grounds that the PM bows deeply and promises to bring all of Mr. Howard’s actions.

Now, what I would like to know why it would work now. I would like to know how you get around the two court judgements.

I would like to know how the majority who believe we should be processing onshore will greet this action.

Personally I do not believe we can go back to the past. Personally I do not believe it will work.

What I most want to know, is how long do they stay there and where do they go when they leave.

Most of all, I want to know the cost.

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“…..THE opposition would support home-basing of US warships in northern Australia, according to Tony Abbott. …..”

“….Australian and US officials are involved in intense discussions over an increased US military presence in northern Australia, and these discussions are believed to include the possibility of eventually home-porting one or more US ships in Australia….”

“…..In his first extended foreign policy interview as Opposition Leader, Mr Abbott said: “I’d welcome it.” If he became prime minister and the US made such a proposal, “my instinct would be to find a way of saying yes”.

Mr Abbott also said he would continue to receive the when the Tibetan spiritual leader visited Australia.

This would be sure to cause protests from Beijing…”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/come-on-down-abbott-says-coaltion-would-welcome-us-bases-in-australia/story-e6frg8yo-1226128454856

I was under the impression that the Dalai Lama only sees himself as a religious leader now.

Another article build Mr. Abbott up. Consists mostly of mother hood statements.

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There are at least nine opinion pieces and news items, all saying that the PM is finished. This is for the Australian alone. Not a bad effort. Not one positive news or opinion article. I am sure I would find more if I looked harder.

Nine article or headlines, all saying the same thing. Not a bad effort.

Before anyone runs in with a comment that this is a rant.  You are right, it is.  I also think it is a justifiable rant.  I started off making an comment for another post but it just grew.