Losing fights at home to a female Prime Minister has seen Tony Abbott flee the country to pick a few fights elsewhere. The international praise for Julia Gillard’s knock-out blow also gives the fleeing escapee the chance to step up to the international plate.
Typically, he follows in Julia Gillard’s footsteps of seeking an audience with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
And typically, he has been all hit and miss before he even meets with him.
Riding into Indonesia on a wave of brain farts must be leaving a few of the locals thinking the circus has come to town. What to think of a clown who has perfected the art of talking in riddles?
Namely, he has consistently claimed that relations between Indonesia and Australia have soured under the Labor government. They will certainly sour even further whilst he is adamant that he’ll turn boats around.
“Be under no misunderstanding, the next Australian government will stop the boats. We will stop the boats, but we will do it by working in the closest possible harmony with Indonesia”.
(I don’t think that’ll win him any friends. Not only have Indonesian officials voiced objections to Abbott’s plan – which he was already aware of before his visit – but how will they like to be shirt-fronted by a noisy little upstart who assumes his party will be leading the country in 2013? I can’t imagine much harmony once the hand-shakes are over).
“I’m coming here to listen, to learn and to indicate to the Indonesian government that as far as I’m concerned, Indonesia and its government should always be treated with respect and should always be dealt with as a candid friend.”
Mr Abbott said he believed a Coalition government under him could achieve the levels of co-operation with the Indonesian government necessary to ensure to stop the boats.
I’m coming here to listen! Perhaps he can start by doing a bit of listening before he even gets there: they’re not interested in his verbal punches. I don’t even know why they bothered to give him an audience. Maybe they want the laughs. Maybe because he’s Australia’s political answer to a circus clown.
Is it just me, or does anybody else see Tony Abbott coming home with his tail between his legs . . . only to be punched down again by Julia Gillard?