Tony Abbott and the allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Gaining momentum across everywhere but the mainstream media are allegations that Opposition leader Tony Abbott inappropriately touched Aboriginal author Ali Cobby Eckerman in an Adelaide cafe last March. Click here for the story in the First Nations Telegraph.

Linda Burney, NSW Deputy Opposition Leader comes up with the obvious: if correct then Tony Abbott has some very serious explaining to do.

Tony Abbott has released a statement:

Ms Eckerman’s claims are wrong.

As I stated when I wrote to Ms Eckerman at the time, I reject any suggestion that I acted inappropriately.

That, also, was the view of my friend who was with me in the café during our breakfast meeting.

The respected journalist and columnist, Christopher Pearson, who died tragically this month, was with me at the cafe. I spoke to him after Ms Eckerman made her complaint and he endorsed fully my version of events.

I would be concerned if this false accusation has only re-surfaced after Christopher’s death when he cannot again endorse my account.

This is nothing more than a baseless smear.

There is little else available on the story at this stage, but what is sticking in my mind is that Tony Abbott is not denying anything, only the claim from Ms Eckerman. He is not denying he was present. He is not denying an encounter with Ms Eckerman. He is not coming out with “I don’t remember”.

Interesting indeed.

This won’t be all over the front pages of the media.

Ali Cobby Eckerman (courtesy of First Nations Telegraph)

52 comments on “Tony Abbott and the allegations of inappropriate behaviour

  1. Ms Ackerman probably hallucinating , obviously authorities have not acted.
    Very difficult to ‘sexually assault’ a female at 8.00am in a coffee shop.
    Does Ackerman have witnesses?
    Take it on the same basis of – Is Tim gay?

  2. if you were not at either of these occasions then shutup for we will never know the truth,and we are sounding like our politicians in parliament ,dribble dribble dribble. where if we all wrote something constructive in our comments then maybe we could through all those lawyers out and pick our own leaders such as those who show the most common sense because none of them have any. good luck australia we are going to need id.

  3. So Abbott is a toucher. What else would you expect from a misogynist? Gillard was right to warn against what this creep might do to women if – heaven help us – he gets his grubby hands on the sceptre of power.

  4. Silkworm, There are actually pictures of Gillard touching Obama inappropriately. Therefore, by your logic, she is a creepy misandrist.
    And by he way, you can’t just accuse someone of doing something without evidence. At least he’s not trying to deny he was at the cafe, or come out wih garbage about not remembering being at the cafe.

  5. Just sounds like gossip too me and correct will never be proven. By the way can’t stand Abbott!

  6. Take it to police – take allll your evidence. This is a beat up, a slur against abbott. Shameful.

  7. Gossip gossip gossip. What a weak, shamefully act. You feel completely let down by gillard so you attack abbott personally. Shame.

  8. Agree with the beat up , no one in high office should be subjected to this sort of
    muck. All it does makes complainant very very sick and stupid. Particularly
    when Aboriginals in their own communities are the No1 offenders for
    Alcoholism, Assaults,Child Assaults, Sexual abuse and most
    unfortunately the Sexual abuse of children. Appropriate to say fix up your
    own backyard.

    un

  9. Hey wowsers, a hanging offense if true. Quick, go out the back and build the gallows. On second thoughts…don’t bother as I doubt you could build anything!

  10. Very difficult to ‘sexually assault’ a female at 8.00am in a coffee shop.

    Read the link voyager, then make a comment. You might come across with a bit more ‘gravitas’ then.

    no one in high office should be subjected to this sort of muck

    Except of course if you are Gillard, Thom(p)son or Slipper, right 😉

  11. Voyager, you are again showing your ignorance – there is a far higher % of Aboriginal people who are tea-totallers compared with the white population. People such as yourself see social problems as being based on race rather than the true causes, those of poverty and disadvantage.

  12. a hanging offense if true

    Actually, just another example of how unfit this tool is for office. And another example of his 1950’s sexism.

  13. Goodness me, the right don’t like it when it’s about their hero Tony Abbott. Ms. Eckerman has made a statement, no different to statements made by Ashby. The newspapers chose to publish the Ashby accusations in spite of no charges then being laid and no court date fixed.

  14. Wow you guys are desperate aren’t you.

    “There is little else available on the story at this stage, but what is sticking in my mind is that Tony Abbott is not denying anything, only the claim from Ms Eckerman. He is not denying he was present. He is not denying an encounter with Ms Eckerman.”

    And this comment above really shows what a joke this blog is. He refutes a false accusation but acknowledges having met with someone. Shocking. And that’s all the evidence you guys need . . . what a joke.

    But keep em coming, because all your acheiving with this sort of crap is destroying any modicum of credibility you had. Just look at the posts so far . . . even the people that don’t like Abbott can see this for what it is !

  15. Tom, it seems to be a pattern of behaviour. Of interest is that Abbott does not deny the accusations simply that he “doesn’t remember”.

  16. Exactly Min, his defense is “I reject any suggestion that I acted inappropriately.”

    Well, for someone who doesn’t have a problem with placards that say ‘Bob Browns Bitch’, who wants to ‘make an honest woman’ of the PM, and who’s views on abortion consist of statements like the following

    Abortion may not be the precise moral equivalent of infanticide but it’s not just removing an inconvenient wart or cyst either.

    A little thing like allegedly inappropriately touching someone else probably doesn’t even rate on his radar.

  17. What Red tiger said.

    FAAARK. After AWU, Thom(p)son and then Slipper, all of a sudden its lay of the personal attacks.

    It’s as ridiculous as tabot saying that Labor are the ones that has brought the Parliament into disrepute. Pure Projection.

  18. Hey Min, according to one of your previous posts, you apparently have alot of para-legal experience.

    Why don’t you money where your mouth is and help mount a case on behalf of Ms Eckerman.

    You obviously feel strongly about it and you appear to be convinced by the evidence. How bout it ?

  19. Why don’t you money where your mouth is and help mount a case on behalf of Ms Eckerman.

    Does that mean that you think that there is a case there? 🙂

  20. Let me say that while I find this trivial, even though totally inappropriate, my beef is how this receives zero media coverage amid a climate where Labor politicians would make the headlines just for farting in public.

    Why can’t the same levels of scrutiny and media outrage be maintained? It appears that it’s not the person who is expected to be held to account, but the party.

    Now all those jumping up and down in defence of Abbott, ask yourself how you’d feel if it was Kevin Rudd, for example, and stop to think how the media would have reacted then.

    And I can only be amused at the outpouring of rage if the offender would have been Tim Mathieson. FFS, the bloke doesn’t pay a parking fine and it’s emblazoned across the front page of every media outlet in the country.

  21. I’m much the same, Michael. If this had been an MP from the Labor Party, Greens or an Independent, it would get splashed all across the MSM, & the Liberal Party & their troll followers would all be baying for blood. The hypocrisy in this matter-as always-is staggering!

  22. Erin’s back, should Ms. Eckerman ask for my assistance naturally I would avail myself of the opportunity. My experience is mostly in the field of disability discrimination and racial discrimination rather than sexual harassment but as legislation is similar I would be prepared to assist. However, I am certain that Ms. Eckerman has her own legal representatives who have advised her to come forward with a public statement. One of the most difficult things that any woman can do is to come forward with such statements, hence the reason that the vast majority perpetrators of sexual abuse and harassment are never taken to court. Naturally I would advise Mr. Abbott to test Ms. Eckerman’s allegations via legal means.

  23. Let me say that while I find this trivial, even though totally inappropriate, my beef is how this receives zero media coverage amid a climate where Labor politicians would make the headlines just for farting in public.

    I AGREE!!

    It is trivial. And, anyone with a modicum of manners would simply apologise and move on. tabots inability to simply do that, but instead, launch into an attack on the person making the claim, says more about him than it does for the other person.

  24. Migs, I believe the focus by the media has always been on the government, not the opposition leader. When Abbott gets in I’m sure the media will not ignore anything he does which it should do.

    The biggest mistake that the government has made has to constantly attack him which has given an opposition leader legitimacy, I believe it commenced in early 2010 when Rudd challenged the opposition leader to three debates over health when Abbott attacked him using the Dr Death line…grins.

    No free passes will come from me in the term of the next government.

  25. @ Michael

    Let me say that while I find this trivial, even though totally inappropriate, my beef is how this receives zero media coverage

    Totally with you there.

    The contrast between the treatment of the liars mob, and any others seen as in opposition to their hysterical delusions, surely indicates tthe corruption of the corporate media and the accompanying perils to our democracy posed by this collusion.. .

  26. When Abbott gets in I’m sure the media will not ignore anything he does which it should do.

    Bullshit.

    Anyone in politics should be challenged for their statements. Oppositions have always (before now) been held to as much account as the Government. Actually, in the early years of the howard governments, the opposition was probably held to more account

  27. “Now all those jumping up and down in defence of Abbott, ask yourself how you’d feel if it was Kevin Rudd, for example, and stop to think how the media would have reacted then”

    Honestly, if the same story had come out about Rudd, Mathieson or anyone else I’d still think it was trivial and frankly, a load of crap.

    So I guess what you’re saying is . . . the MSM is skewed and reports biased, trivial rubbish, so you’re going to do the same. Shall we start calling you Rupert 😀

  28. the MSM is skewed and reports biased, trivial rubbish, so you’re going to do the same

    In todays parlance erinn, it’s called ‘balance’ 😉

  29. I agree with Tom: bullshit.

    Remember the hysteria about Rudd’s strip club visit in New York? At the time it was made public was he the PM? No, he wasn’t. He was held to scrutiny because he looked like winning the election.

    Apparently was back in 2007 potential PMs were expected to be squeaky clean. Not so anymore.

  30. “In todays parlance erinn, it’s called ‘balance’”

    Balance it may be, but by you’re own measure it also means you are just as lacking in credibility as the rest of the MSM.

  31. I agree with ToM again: it’s called balance.

    Now somebody knock me over the head with a thick plank before I keep agreeing with him.

    It’s akin to agreeing with Neil. :mrgreen:

  32. Only bull shit in your biased head! Tell me, why is there no real focus on the state oppositions in WA, Qld and NSW for instance, apart from the Obeid matter???

    I remember the main focus on Labor when Howard got in was over their economic mismanagement and a riot where Labor and their goon squad invaded Parliament House.

  33. but by you’re own measure it also means you are just as lacking in credibility as the rest of the MSM.

    Actually erinn, Migs was highlighting, as he spelt out, how the msm themselves refuse to run a story like this. It all depends on what side of politics you are from with them. Migs is simply providing the ‘balance’ for them.

  34. “I agree with ToM again: it’s called balance”

    In that case, I suggest you change your tag line from “We won’t back down” to:

    Cafe Whispers – We’ll write any load of crap (in the interest’s of balance of course)

  35. apart from the Obeid matter?

    lol

    Or there was a car accident I read about in Victoria by an oppositions wife?

    Just of the top of my head.

  36. @Scaper

    and a riot where Labor and their goon squad invaded Parliament House.

    Got a link for that?

  37. Sure have and I note that Labor and the union thugs tried to deny their involvement. Got a different story from two that were there. Violence and blaming others is the Labor way!

  38. “We’ll write any load of crap (in the interest’s of balance of course)”

    Then Erin’s back I suggest you go to every other right wing blog and tell them to do the same, but of course you won’t as hypocritically it’s only certain blogs and two in particular you have a problem with.

    How about being honest and telling us here that if this had been a Labor pollie, or as suggest Mathieson, would the media have been as mute and would the right wing commentators, including yourself, been as quick and vociferous in putting the story down?

    ———————-
    Migs to show the completely different standard Abbott is being held to. Howard during his time in office, but especially in his last term, always insisted that the opposition had to be treated as an alternative government and be judged in that capacity. It got to the point in his last year that some political commentators made the observation that Rudd was behaving more like an alternative PM and Howard more like an opposition leader.

    Not only is this dysfunctional opposition not being held to account as an alternate government, which in their first year in opposition they called themselves but quickly dropped when they were held to account, but Abbott is being let off for any responsibility in anything he states or does. Abbott is not being held to any sort of accountability even as an opposition leader let alone as a future PM.

  39. And people say Howard just got lucky. It was that first budget which got us back on the right track. It then took 6 surplus budgets by Costello to get our AAA back.

    But it took a Parliament House riot to turn around Keatings budget deficits.

  40. If there is any basis in these allegations then a visit to the police is warranted. Parliamentarians are under the same laws as everyone else — or are they?

  41. “Then Erin’s back I suggest you go to every other right wing blog and tell them to do the same, but of course you won’t as hypocritically it’s only certain blogs and two in particular you have a problem with.”

    Why would I need to, when there’s people like you to do that . . . it’s called balance . . . apparently 🙂

  42. Yeah the Australian Taliban strikes again.

    It doesn’t say much!

    My concern would be, how is this related to the “Intervention”, of the Howard Government, were there are a vocal number who opposed the intervention, was she, her brother, or the News Outlet one of those (that claims in its title to represent the first wave of migration to Australia, (in the first 70 thousand years how many waves of immigration have there been?)) is this an opportune action by Labor to raise a vague matter.

    Of what I’ve read there is no statement of what may have supposedly happened, merely dust from a Willy-Willy!

    Is this a case of Labor taking the word of a News Paper it claims is dead set against the Labor Party, a bit hypocritical is it not?

    Chris Townley

  43. Had a quick run through of the comments, and forgive me if I missed it, but isn’t the point Abbott’s rebuttal. I put it this way in an ABC rant I did this morning: Rod Fairgofourall I’m sorry, my ABC, I know you think you are competing for GOTCHAS with the others, but last night Sales was a disgrace. There is enough great news keeping all sides to account, but why, WHY, why are you so one sided. Now we have Mr Abbott inppropriately touching a vulnerable aboriginal lady, and trying to bully his way out of it, all he needed to do was, say sorry if I offended you, I did not know I offended you, sorry, but NO, he has to bully. Is this the way, ABBOTT will bully the Australian public, he knows no other way! ABC please for the countries sake wake up! COUNTRY BEFORE SELF!

  44. I thought it was inappropriate for Abbott to touch a woman – for sexist reasons, but apparently the victim thinks it was wrong because it was against Aboriginal customs. Maybe it’s wrong on both accounts, but to me the bigger fault was that it was sexist.

    I have no doubt Abbott touched her provocatively. It’s totally within his character. He’s a sexist misogynist creep. However, it’s trivial compared to the wall punching threat to Barbara Sanjay, but it’s still politically embarrassing.

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