27th August 2010: Tony Abbott is hedging his bets for another election. The Opposition Leader is an uber-competitor – not the type to baulk at the finish line.
27th September 2010: Just after Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor decided to back Labor, a relieved minister observed that, throughout the election campaign, Tony Abbott had reminded him of the Terminator, the Hollywood-created cyborg that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star.
The seemingly indestructible cyborg assassin travelled back in time from 2029 to 1984 Los Angeles, programmed to kill its target, Sarah Connor.
In the kill-or-be-killed game of politics, the minister was paying Abbott a compliment with the analogy to the cold-blooded and emotionless killing machine.
”Abbott was like the bloody Terminator,” he said. ”It didn’t matter what we did, shoot him, blow him up, run him over with a truck. He’d get up, repair himself and keep coming after us. We got him in the end but we had to dump him in a pit of molten metal.”
The molten metal moment, the minister opined, was when the independents sided with Labor. That is where the analogy ends. In the sequel to The Terminator, the cyborg came back but had changed sides.
In the election sequel, Abbott returned as hell-bent as ever on exterminating the Gillard government.
10th October 2010: Tony Windsor has revealed for the first time why Tony Abbott is not prime minister today.
Remarkably it was because in the crucial early days of negotiations over the formation of a minority government Abbott didn’t want the job.
26th February 2011: Tony Abbott calls for election on carbon tax.
23rd March 2011: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has called for a fresh election to test the federal government’s plan for a carbon tax.
Mr Abbott today addressed an anti-carbon tax rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, which organisers say attracted 3000 protesters.
12th May 2011: TONY Abbott has demanded Julia Gillard call an early election as soon as she finalises details of her carbon tax, declaring in his budget reply that her government lacked legitimacy and integrity.
23rd May 2011: Julia Gillard and Bob Brown reject Tony Abbott’s calls for an early election..Last night Opposition Leader Abbott used his formal reply to Tuesday night’s Budget to demand the Government quickly present its plans for putting a price on carbon pollution, and then call an election.
30th June 2011: TONY Abbott today demanded an immediate election to end “the experiment that failed” in minority government. However, the Opposition Leader did not want to discuss the workplace relations policy he would take to the election were it called.
16th August 2011: Tony Abbott got a rock star welcome from several thousand protesters at a boisterous anti-carbon tax rally outside Parliament House, though he was plainly wary about some of them.
The chant of “Tony, Tony, Tony” rose to a crescendo as the Opposition Leader repeated his mantra “no tax collection before an election”.
3rd September 2011: From Tony Abbott. “This is a government which has no right to ram through the parliament a carbon tax that it has no mandate for. The leadership of our country should be determined by the people at an election, not by the faceless men plotting behind the scenes.”
Tony, have you ever considered that just because you demand something it does not mean that you are going to get it. I do realize that Matthew 7:7 states Ask and ye shall receive, however there is also an old Proverb:
So be careful what you wish for
Because you just might get it
And if you get it then you just might not know
What to do with it, because it might just
Come back on you ten-fold.