ditch the witch

TONY ABBOTT. ONE. LAST. PUNCH.

Well, this just about takes the biscuit.

Tony Abbott says that it is Julia Gillard and her “crude political headbanging” who has lowered the tone of debate in this country.

”Both sides are guilty but I think that as prime minister Gillard was particularly bad at it,” he said in Fairfax today.

Mr Abbott said Ms Gillard had driven an ”over-the-top” campaign to damage his reputation. She had maligned him.

I appeal to the umpire… HOWZAT!?

This from a man who stood in front of a poster that read “Ditch the Witch”. Who stood  silent as Ms. Gillard’s honour was sullied by the most outrageous slurs.

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A man who didn’t ever utter a peep as the Prime Minister of this country was derided as barren, frumpy, ugly… who ought to be put in a chaff bag or kicked to death.

I’m gobsmacked at this latest effort in resuming his attacks on a former Prime Minister who was so gracious in defeat.

As a former boxer I suppose Tony Abbott can’t resist throwing one last punchdrunk, swinging haymaker even as his former opponent is sitting in the dressing room having her wounds attended to.

Recently on Radio National’s Sunday Extra programme I spoke of Tony Abbott as being personable and friendly when you met him in the flesh. I was prepared to give his maligned character the benefit of the doubt.

I take it back. I was naïve.

Abbott says his portrayal by Ms. Gillard as a misogynist was “invalid and unfair”.

”You go into this business and you’ve got to take your lumps, but at times I certainly thought that the then prime minister went right over the top,” he said.

Except he hasn’t “taken his lumps”… you can still see the bruising and swelling. That little woman Gillard obviously hit him right where it hurts.

Putting the heated argument of sexism aside – and it seems that doesn’t play well in the electorate – I accuse Tony Abbott of something more heinous that perhaps Aussie voters will understand.

It’s unsportsmanlike, Tony. You’re the victor. Take it on the chin.

You’re a sexist. Julia is a man-hater. You won! Go you!!

In saying the accusations against you were “invalid and unfair” you’re saying that even though you prevailed… it should have been by a bigger margin.

Just whose reputation has been more damaged in this bare knuckle brawl? I’d suggest it’s Julia Gillard’s.

You’re still standing, mate. Take it as a glorious triumph. The glittering prize is within reach.

I detest a bad sport.

Even more, I loathe a bully boy who can’t resist going back for One. Last. Punch.

 

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154 Comments

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Denyse

    She was so much a better person than him . She won and he didn’t like it, will never get over it and it demeans him even further that he needed to make these statements. His sexism was and is still there for all to see. He is a bully and a thug. I pity the women in his life.

    • Reply August 26, 2013

      Kel

      Plus one. Julia is better than our wannabe Putin in all ways. Like Putin, Abbott’s hubris comes from being attended by sycophants and it will lead to his downfall.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    MichelleP

    Thank you for writing this. He has raised my fury again. I loathe that man a bit more for today’s article attacking Julia.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      martha

      tony bullied his way through that parliment how will he treat us if pm ( god forbid} he has told his contestants they cannot speak is that also bullying, will he stop our freedom of speech I am very fearfull , especially when I see whats on the lib facebook

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Rhodad

    Agree with you Denyse. JG was so much the better person. She worked so hard, had to deal with the independents as the head of a minority government and yet got so much legislation passed. Obviously Abbott didn’t like she was capable. Thought she would be better off at home doing the ironing.

    Well I know a few people who always vote Liberal and won’t be. Nothing to do with JG or Rudd and everything to do with Abbott’s character. He has revealed himself. And Murdoch did him no favours with such blatant support. Pell is another handicap. People dislike Pell instinctively.

    And I think Australians are waking up to the sheer stupidity of our response to the boat people. Buying fishing boats – indeed! Has Abbott lost his marbles!!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    sue

    Don’t bother with this distraction. Just run article after article about POLICY demand answers from him & every candidate in every electorate.
    While you fume over an attack on our former PMJG, just remember she never BOWED to the thug, she just laughed in his face just knowing how weak he was. She would then go on bedding down her wonderful achievements for our nation. From the Murray darling to the NDIS a record only history will recognise.

    So please Wendy can we have 2 weeks of articles on the policies of all parties, just to help inform, something we can no longer depend on the other media to do.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Marilyn

      They acted in unity to kick down aborigines, single mothers, refugees and gays and lesbians who want to marry.

      They are two middle aged,racist, bigots.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Rhonda

      Oh yes please guys. The pressure must be applied somewhere, somehow!! This terrible Opposition must be exposed for what they will impose on our wonderful country b4 it becomes a laughing stock of the world (actually other countries are laughing at Abbott now)

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Christine Longman

    The ‘misogyny’ speech was made in defence of – or to deflect attention from – Peter Slipper and his oyster-related remarks. There were no substantial fact based charges in it – simply a ‘vibe’ argument about Abbott. It seems fine to me that he defends himself; that is absolutely his right, just as we all have the right to put our case if someone wrongly accuses us of something. That’s not objectionable and never should be in an open society. Gillard’s downfall was due to the fact that she was disliked – in just the same way as Malcolm Fraser was in his time – for the illegitimate manner in which she took the Prime Ministership. The vitriol against her had nothing to do with her gender, but the manner in which she took the leadership. Abbott was the Leader of the Opposition. He fulfilled his own role. The Labor Party made the mistake to begin with of replacing Beazley with Rudd and then Rudd with Gillard. The failure of judgment was not Abbott’s but the initial Labor Party failure of putting in Rudd, purely because they thought – correctly – that he’d win. Beazley also would have won, I believe, and he would have kept the Labor Party the party it once was – principled and decent.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      John Ward

       We are entitled to know the facts, democracy requires we make informed decisions.

      Abbott is stealing democracy by bombarding us with the same slogans and half truths, for the last three years.

      He says he is a “man with a plan” but doesn’t let us know if or how it will work or who will pay for his plan.

      “Fix the economy” means nothing to me, unless I know the how.

      Tony Abbott displays his great weakness each time he reverses the sneers, the appeal to ignorance, to prejudice, and the brutality of the negative political campaign the lies and misrepresentations, the repetitive slogans and half truths which dragged down Julia Gillard. Which is what we have heard him say for three years inside and outside parliament. Now because of focus group advice to switch to “positive single message” he projects his failings onto Rudd. 

      (Projection was conceptualised by Freud in his letters to Wilhelm Fliess, and further refined by Karl Abraham and Anna Freud. Freud considered that in projection thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings that cannot be accepted as one’s own are dealt with by being placed in the outside world and attributed to someone else. What the ego repudiates is split off and placed in another). 

      Sorry Tony it aint working. People can see right through 

      you. You are seriously ill, my man

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    • Reply August 25, 2013

      Jeannie

      Christine Longman, if you aren’t a Lib plant, and you really believe this, I feel sorry for you.

      There is no point going through your false arguments and dismantling them one by one, because no matter what anyone says, you will continue to believe the lies, or at least perpetuate them. I have a friend who works for the Libs, so I get to hear every ‘argument du jour’, and I recognise every single one you have parroted. And that is what makes me suspect *you* work for them.

      As not one person reading this story who is a genuine Hoopla reader is likely to believe the BS you have disgorged (there really are some people who aren’t fooled by the Murdoch marketing campaign), I suggest you go somewhere else and post your comments for a more gullible audience. News Ltd sites would be a good start.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Kate Rose

    I am absolutely incensed. The litany of his destruction will be revealed. The truth always comes out.
    Apart from the three years of abusing our PM Gillard, he has stains on his psyche from Pauline Hanson, David Etteridge, Peter Slipper, Craig Thomson, et al.
    The man is a bully, therefore a coward, and a nasty, sanctimonious prick (and I don’t swear).
    Shows how mad and helpless I feel.
    Is he doing this trying to get PM Gillard to respond?
    Probably.
    Like his henchmen released two hours after the debate the comments of a Murdoch employee on how ‘awful’ PM Rudd was. This deflected from his ‘shutup’ comment. Manipulation by the MSM.
    He is a prick…… and I bet a little one at that!

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      John Ward

      A Misogynist does not necessarily hate women. But the do believe they are far superior!!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    TraceyA

    Thank you Wendy. He is a mean-spirited little man. That he is continuing to bully Julia Gillard even now speaks volumes about his weakness of character. Her dignity and his thuggery could not stand in starker contrast.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Sue

    Great article Wendy. I really miss Julia and, somewhat surprisingly given the depth of my dislike, find Abbott even more loathsome every day.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      martha

      I feel bullied by abbott just having the tv on in our sitting room I now feel even more bullied by his presumption he can steal from our superannuation for some of the money for his rich womans PPL I think it will be something he will do often, i saw a comment on the libs site from what i understand there is no love for us older people by some young libs, be afraid, baby bomber have to good wtte was the feeling i got from there
      our super is coming out of the fund should the worst happen and may even think about putting some under the bed, not being over dramatic any mp who talks about taking monies from our pension super shares, to give to other s who have not yet worked all their life is shameful he is bullying us pensioners make no mistatke about that so yes i feel bullied by tony abbbott ,perhaps story on that wendy

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Margie

    Wendy, I agree, but I can’t help but wonder whether this is yet another carefully stage-managed stunt to deflect attention from the opposition’s paucity of policy, and funding discrepancies. And it seems to have shut down any discussion of the looney Indonesian boat buying bonanza. Fancy that? But thank you, thank you, thank you for calling this bully out. There wasn’t a whisker of that in the original article.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Carole/m

    Has there ever before been such a Lying , Vicious , Nasty , Hypocritical , Bullying , Self Promoting , Ruthless , Sexist Pig in our Parliament ??????? NO .

    Anyone who watched the Parliament saw and heard what a creep he is , the tone and disrespect shown in the Parliament and in the general discourse , was set by Abbott & Co in
    Lock Step with the Murdoch Media .

    Have you not noticed before Wendy , defeating an opponent is never enough for Abbott , he’s not happy until he’s destroyed them completely .

    He tried really hard to push Craig Thompson and Peter Slipper to Top themselves .

    As for Julia Gillard , I’m sure his plans , if he gets into Govt , are to destroy every Policy she had anything to do with , including GONSKI & NDIS , he’ll continue to attack her until he destroys her , that’s who he really is , MACHIAVELLI ‘s heir apparent .

    Abbott …..Rupert Murdochs Bitch ….

    What really does my head in with Abbott is that he is EVERYTHING that he accuses others of being , am I the only one who sees this creepy hypocrite for what he is ???

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      martha

      i had worried this was a distraction from the main game now at hand that is getting rid of abbott for ever, but now i think its changed me to think no lets talk about this again it makes me all the more determined to send this bully to the garbage bin of history for our jg but having said that we must get behind Kevin we must win this, i feel jg would have copped even more from Murdoch, but don’t let us forget that the Murdoch press put our pm in a nazi uniform at the beginning of this campaign, we have all had families members die fighting that uniform so that’s a form of bullying aimed at kevin also. we must also win this to stop Murdoch intrusion into our lives i’ve seen tweets where he has tweeted Jessica rudd, was shocked,
      tony abbott should never be pm the war talk is another fear tony loves uniforms remember pics of him in afghanistan on tanks in uniform and with a machine gun
      not a suitable person to have as pm if we have conflict no way, and we must be voicing this to our friends al so not having the nbn it s something we need for our country

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      martha

      the fact that he still talks a about juliia could be that he harbours hate for her every day and i sadly agree he will destroy what he can i am not sure re the senate though but another reason to keep him out of the lodge
      we can do this u know we just all need to hit the emails and face books re polcicies time has past in this country when we don’t discuss politics we must

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Vanessa

    I do not think people realize that people like me (both husband and I have chronic illnesses but we are a working family and have a granddaughter with a disability in special needs education) are actually TERRIFIED of what is going to happen if the Libs get in. What is going to happen to special needs education? What is going to happen to hospital waiting lists, public hospital care, mental health care? What if we need to go on the Disability Pension again? (We were on it for 2 years before my husband went back to full time work) What is going to happen to the little superannuation we have? If Tony Abbott lowers the taxable income threshold again, will he reinstate the stay at home partner tax rebate? These are all questions real people are worried about but the debate has been hijacked by those worried about “boat people” ( let them all come I say) and the PPL scheme. I would like someone with more nous than me print out a list f concerns and send it to MP’s and senators that just asks simple questions and does not allow them to distract us with talk of boats and who is the meaner leader. I was a big supporter of Gillard and have never wasted my vote, but I can see me, for the first time in 39 years, writing Mickey Mouse across my ballot paper!

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Possum

      Vanessa – please don’t waste your vote. Remember all the policies that Gillard made into laws. And I am with you about what Abbott will undo.

      • Reply August 24, 2013

        martha

        i noted a few people saying on large site that is well known they would not vote at all after Julia departed,

        i will say one thing about that i bet JULIA votes alp
        and ive seen written that she had thought we can win this election not long after it happened

        so for kevin Julia and all our sacks start taking to all i talk to stranger u can find away , for me its about the pensions \
        for young ones the nbn and families the loss of school bonus and god only know what else things like the PBS and HECS o god it just doesn bare thinking about,

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      martha

      empathise with that to,,i i worry NDIS would be ripped to shreds money can go to rich woman to stay home and have more lib babies , has any on here read battle line abbott talks of guided democracy [ another story wendy]
      no fault divorce gets a mention , u can google that one.
      our granddaughter just diagnosed with a form of mild autism called dyspraxia , this week bill shorten put out a policy for children with dyslexia to be brought in to the special need education now WHY WAS THAT NOT on the front pages.are the media anti their own country you wonder how junos here live with themselves, don’t u
      a amazing policy like that should’ve been on the front pages,so all in all at this point of time i feel stressed and bullied in submission by the media well i have news for them i am voting labor the polls i do wonder sometimes are they to make us feel herded sheep, so it talk talk to all our friends this few weeks to beat the medi [ wendy excluded of course] use face book email to get the polcies out

      the organization that look after disabled to me anyway are not vocal enough and where is the teacher union

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Jen

    I have surrendered. I now accept that Tony Abbott will be Prime Minister. And this acceptance has led to a form of liberation. I now say bring on the election, make it today, tomorrow, ASAP. That way we can all see that the emperor has no clothes, watch undo things like the NDIS, NBN and Gonski and then we can vote him out in the very next election. Oh the ignominy of being a one term wonder! I know that we will have to tolerate him for a term and he can do a lot of damage in the interim, but hey, if we’re stupid enough to believe him, well, we the electorate get the government/representatives/Prime Minister we deserve, we just have to suck it up. There may be some short term gratification in the offing. Mr Abbott’s great enabler Mr Rudd may not hold his seat! At least that will tide me over for a while.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Kate Rose

      I know what you mean Jen. But never give up.

      Waiting for this man are a couple of Court cases, possible charges of perverting the course of justice and a few of his victims being able to sue him.
      IF the LNP gets in it will be a shambles as writs start flying.

      Think too, of the scenario – Slipper wins, Craig Thomson wins, Mirabella out …. lots to (hopefully ) look forward to.

      He will be lost – no intellectual capability – no compassion – no p.r skills. Foreign Affairs blowing up in his face.

      I shudder at the possibilites, but know it will be a disaster if it comes to pass.

      Courage my friends.

      Sinodinus wanting Treasury – PPL doesn’t make it through the Senate – the Liberal states wanting to pay less for Gonski’s Better Schools – not wanting to contribute anything to Disability Care – and the list goes on.

      Be careful what you wish for TA – it ain’t going to be easy.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Margot

      Thanks Wendy. You hit the nail on the head, as usual.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    helen b

    Thanks Wendy. I like that you are ‘jumping’ on this and alerting everyone to the innate nastiness and lack of personal responsibility accepted by this man! His motto is ‘Blame everyone else for your shortfalls!’

    Anyone who votes Liberal at the election is rubber stamping this abusive, obnoxious man who clearly has stepped through a time warp of the past! Just wishing he would could be sent back…on a boat!

    @ Carole/m
    No. You are not the only one Carole/m! I think there’s a lot more people ut there who feel this way who are beyond the polls reach! Young people for starters!

    @ Christine Lomgman
    The replacement of Kevin Rudd by the Caucus…yes, the CAUCUS, was NOT illegitimate. If it was, it wouldn’t have happened. So cut out the emotive misuse of words like ‘illegitimate’! Such damaging talk. Be responsible.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Margaret

    Thank you Wendy. Julia Gillard is a lady and alway will be.
    Just a reminder .
    Tony made a tasteless joke following the suicide attempt by fellow Liberal colleague, 2005
    Tony Abbott accusing a dying man, Bernie Banton of not being “pure of heart”. 2007
    Tony Abbott said “Shit Happen” as he described the death of a soldier. Tony Abbott is mean and a bully.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Marilyn

      Gillard is one of the worst human rights violators this country has seen since the white Australia policy was dismantled.

      The cruel, inhuman and degrading and illegal finding by the UN human rights council over refugees jailed for life is Gillard’s, excising the country from itself is Gillard, trafficking humans to Manus and Nauru to rot is Gillard’s, jailing Indonesian children in adult prisons with rapists is Gillards, destroying the incomes of single parents is Gillards.

      A lady? She walked into question time her first day and declared to Abbott “Game on” and spent her entire 3 years in a death roll with him.

      She is no better than he is.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Liza

    Tony Abbott and the LNP continue to try and erase the 43rd Parliament – why – because its success highlights Tony Abbott’s failings. He couldn’t negotiate to form govt because he’s a bully and he couldn’t bring it down either, but lord knows he and his troops tried! But all the media was concerned with was Kevin Rudd’s leadership tilts and not the disgusting antics of the opposition, the MSM failed Australia, the Ashbygate affair is a good example of this. The LNP have had a 3 year tantrum, absolutely disgusting. Julia Gillard was successful and history will treat her well, she is now the highest legislating PM this country has ever seen. The 43rd Parliament was the definition of democracy, where elected representatives of our country came together and negotiated to make this a better place for us all and they did that. This is just another attempt of Tony Abbott to rewrite history, his version and pretend to be something he’s not and it’s being supported by Murdoch and the failing MSM. I hope Kevin Rudd and the ALP have the guts and gumption to leap to Julia’s defence here, that would truly be a mark of decency or will it be left to the 5th estate to inform the public of the truth and remind them of the appalling character traits of a potential Prime Minister.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Carole/m

    “@ Christine Longman

    You obviously have not listened to or read the
    ” Misogyny Speech “.
    One of the reasons it was so good was because everything Gillard stated was a direct quote from Tony Abbott ( out of his own mouth ), guilty.

    Your claim of no substantial fact based charges is completely incorrect .

    You obviously did not hear Abbott calling Slipper a Misogynist & Sexist which preceded Gillards speech , he provoked her and she responded ,
    he deserved exactly what he got .

    You might also ask yourself why he now promotes himself as a changed man , why did he need to change ????

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Lucille

    Umm, Carole/M. I think the first line of your post also describes KDudd. Therein lies the dilemma in this election choices.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Margie

    Margaret, let’s not forget Abbott’s dying of shame moment, his car crash comments about Rudd (whose father died in one) or house fire jibes to Peter Garrett (whose mother died in one). And that’s just Abbott. If the polls are right, we’re heading for the most repugnant front bench in living memory, and, unlike a previous commenter, I don’t believe we’ll only be saddled with them for one term.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Joan

    Thank-you, Wendy, for saying what needs to be said. I endorse your comments, too, Denyse. He seems unable to recognise that his behaviours are those of a bully and he now seeks to justify the things he said in Parliament. We need a leader who sees the big picture and can articulate the future pathways the people of this country may wish to take, not one who wants to rewrite his own past. What was the motivation for his statement in The Age? Is it so he can see himself in a better light?

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Siggy

    Feel mortified that this pregnant girlfriend abandoning, wall-punching, mean-speaking, intellectual light weight is going to be our PM. I will be ordering an “I didn’t vote for them” t-shirt.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Lee Murray

    Thanks Wendy. You’ve so beautifully articulated what many of us thought on reading Abbott’s comments. What’s more depressing/infuriating is that (to date), MSM’s not called him out on his breathtaking hypocrisy and his delusional recasting of history.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Carole/m

    @Lucille

    I’m no fan of KRudd , Lucille but I wouldn’t call him a bully or a sexist pig & he’s not planning on destroying all of the good Legislation of the Gillard Government.

    Abbotts a total negative , destroy people with vicious , cruel remarks & actions & destroy good Policy for no other reason but to destroy & then go around pretending your a saint , he’s a total nut job & he’s going to harm this country .

    The best person for the job is no longer available .

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    JoanneH

    Carole/m and others, I had tears in my eyes when I read those nasty words – tears of rage, and I thought I must be going insane – what more can he do to Julia? A Royal Commission into his fabricated AWU scandal? God only knows what this creature will do over the next few years.

    Thank you for what you said Wendy; I notice Fairfax didn’t give an opportunity to leave comments! I would have left something (apologies to Shakespeare) like this –

    What a piece of work is this man, how ignoble in reason, how finite in faculties, in form and moving how expressive of a gorilla and un-admirable, in action how like a demon… a cur of a beast – and yet, what is this quintessence of bull dust? This man delights not me, nor many other women. This man revolts me.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    zzz

    Here I was thinking Rudd was the victor over Gillard…

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    helen b

    @ Joanne H
    Much prefer your quote from Shakespeare to Jack’s quotes from the bible!

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      Jack Richards

      Let she who has never sinned cast the first stone.

      • Reply August 25, 2013

        helen b

        Jack.

        Expressing preferences is not casting stones at ‘sinners’.
        Expressing preferences is a positive whilst the other is a negative. It’s not a black/white, good/evil choice. Just because I prefer women doesn’t mean I hate men.

        Our voting system is based on choosing preferences, just like choosing ice-cream flavours at the ice-cream shop. And of course, our preferences may change.

        On polling day, the candidates for election in my electorate will be carefully numbered according to my preference at this time.

        See, no casting of stones is necessary.

      • Reply August 25, 2013

        JoanneH

        Jack, my bible says “let HE who is without sin……” – you must have the Tony Abbott revised version.

        • Reply August 25, 2013

          helen b

          @ Joanne H

          lol! Touche! (with an acute on the ‘e’) Very cute!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Heather

    People are right, it is a stage-managed stunt to ensure that no one presses him on his POLICIES!

    Apparently, in concert, Julie Bishop is banging on about playing the gender card.

    They want you to get riled. (more importantly distracted). Don’t let them. Keep the pressure up to make them reveal what they will do in government.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Heather

    Who has been destructive? who has been negative? and dragged parliament down to its lowest ebb? We all know who, and it wasn’t PMJG.

    What a whinging, whining little small-time bully he is.
    And when you slap them down, don’t they all go squealing to mummy?

    Disgusting man.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    sulphurcrested

    Well said, Wendy, and commenters.

    Abbott is everything everyone has already said, and very likely more. I have no doubt his nastiness, stupidity and capacity to do wrong runs exceedingly deep.
    Julia will be untouched by any blows the shallow pugilist tries to rain on her because none of it is true, and always his words and deeds betray his own character. Very ugly indeed.
    Still can’t believe the hollow vessel of much repugnant din will take power in 2 weeks. Am an optimist, or perhaps simply can’t contemplate such a surreal, nightmarish outcome.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    hughie

    I don’t mean to pop anyone’s bubble, but I bet the following will happen:

    1. Julia Gillard will be given an AC in the 2014 Australia Day honours list.
    2. Julia Gillard will probably end up on at least one of the following within the next 2-3 years, and probably more: UN or Commonwealth eminent persons group, the SACA executive, the Australian War Memorial board, the Australia Council.
    3. Most of these will require, and will get, PM Tony Abbott’s approval. She will assume a role as senior ornament of Australian public life.

    I don’t think anyone should be surprised by this.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Kmc

    We are stuffed! What ever civil, just and decent society we thought we had has been washed away and it makes me very sad. But the alternative seems to be not much better. It’s such and ugly and, well, sad tIme. It’s every man/woman for themselves.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Rocko girl

    Thank you Wendy – couldn’t find anywhere to leave a comment to the article itself – I was so angry – how dare he and how dare the reporter allow himself to be used as a channel for this arrogant nonsense.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Asta Zangasta

    Face it, Gillard was a nasty piece of work who needed the excuse that she was being picked on by misogynists.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Kate Rose

      Asta

      Go away, and take your vitriol with you. Go to the IPA website, they will recognise and appreciate your meanness.

      So consumed by such negativity – what a sad life you lead.

      Hasta last vista Asta.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Rhoda

    This is what I want to know. We have some big problems staring at us in the face.

    One is the problem of absorbing refugees. We cannot turn back the tide. The population of the world is exploding and we have to share our space and our resources. That is all there is to it. Both major political parties are burying their heads in the sand and are catering to the fearmongers. We call ourselves multicultural and then act like yahoos at a pub.
    There is no intelligent discussion and the leaders are acting like Clint Eastwood at the cinema.

    Neither political party is up to proper and considered reform of indigneous education and health. Throwing good money after bad is the only solution they’ve come up with and not an intelligent pronouncement between them.

    How women are to be integrated into the work force without sacrificing the needs of children. Now let me see. Handouts. To the middle class. Which equals middle class welfare. I thought we’d already decided that was unaffordable. Taxpayers are not money trees.

    Misogyny . It runs so deeps the ordinary man in the street doesn’t recognize it. Blind. If you think women are in part to blame for abuse they receive you’re a misognist. Slag slut goldigger whore bitch cunt. Gender specific. But the journey to equality has to start somewhere and it won’t start with an Abbott or Rudd government.

    Child abuse, institutional and pedophile rings. Happening in every street. Will Abbott shut down the Royal Commission. There’s a chance he will. It’s called funding. This matters more than your next tax cut because these children grow up as damaged. And there are lots of them. In Ireland there are so many that the Royal Commission there had to alter its terms of reference because of what it would cost to pursue all cases. And Pell was smart enough to get the terms of reference for the Royal Commission altered to include all child abuse and not just that perpetrated by Catholic institutions. What part has his church played in preventing child abuse and neglect in the communities around us. Zip.

    Then there is the NDIS – disability care. Where is the reassurance that this will be properly implemented. People, carers, are afraid it won’t be. And they are providing services to the community and should be consulted not left in the dark. The arrogance of the political class has no bounds.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    dramaqueen75

    “Tell ‘hm he’s dreamin’!!!!”

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    When I feel as angered as I do now that the people of this land have been given the choice of either Tony Abbott or Kevin Rudd I seek solace in Whatif games. What if the polls are wrong and The ALP wins but Rudd loses his seat. What if Julia Gillard is given a plum appointment at the UN, one that Kevin Rudd desires greatly. What if Tony Abbott has to retire to the backbenchers for the rest of his days. Oh the heaven of it?

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    Backbenches. Predictive text attack.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Susan

    Cast our minds back to the “attack” on the Canberra restaurant by our First Nation brothers. JG asked security “What about Mr Abbott” and they made arrangements for his removal to safety. Was he grateful or did he thank JG for her thoughtfullness, not on your neddy, all he could do wes blame her for the “riot”. The man sickens me, I cannot believe that the electorate is so naive that they will actually elect this bully boy and his low lifes to run our great country. How much damage can they do in three years? incalculable.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Emily C

    http://m.theage.com.au/comment/dont-quote-me-says-tony-but-maaate-8230-20130816-2s1zy.htm. I was shocked by this story during the week “don’t quote me says tony but maate” by Mike Carlton. Wendy I cannot believe more stories do not get more traction in regard to Tony Abbott. He is well looked after by minders and Rupert. We move ahead but some days it is still very much a mans world.

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      Jack Richards

      You do realise that Carlton’s column was SATIRE – as he explained in yesterday’s SMH? He was surprised that so many dunderheads thought he was reporting real events rather than a work of fiction.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    helen b

    @ Dianne
    Yes Dianne. I do the ‘whatif’ game too. But some of my ‘whatifs’ bring out my shadow side. Not always a good feeling when my imagination runs away with me! ;)

    But I am an optimist and believe that ‘what will be will be’. I do what I can do within the context of my life and trust that karmic justice will play out at some time.

    We’re in a time when people can only get away with mischief and deceit for so long. It’s whistleblower time!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    Hello Helenb. I am too cross to be optimistic. The Whatif game always arrives with Crossness. Here is another one. What if every woman in the land voted Julia 1 on the ballot slip. That is what I will be doing.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      kate a

      @ Dianne…I’m not hugely politically aware but I’ve been told writing anything on your ballot paper, including Vote 1 Julia will result in your vote will assisting the Liberal Party. And from what you’re saying that doesn’t sound like something you want to do. On the issue of this article – yep, nice to see someone calling the dangerous, bully-boy idiot on his misogyny – but puh-leeeze! Where were any of you journos, commentators & talking heads when Julia was being metaphorically kicked to death by the opposition, the print media, the broadcast media & the lower than snake belly shock jocks? How angry I am at what was done to her! How I miss her. How devastated I am that ultimately this election is between two blokey mega egos engaged in a pissing contest. So thanks very much for speaking up – you’re only 3+ years too late.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Emily c

    Oops should have checked it was Mike Carlton’s attempt at humour. Soo saad.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Jo

    Doesnt explain everything but it does explain quite a lot!!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Mel

    That Abbott article is just STAGGERING.
    There is not a single quote not dripping in hypocrisy.
    Honestly, I’m speechless. Absolutely unbelievable.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    helen b

    @ Dianne
    This is one of my therapies for dealing with TA:
    ‘Cell block tango’ from Chicago

    ‘He had it coming’!!! Yeaaaah!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA6R1DMb-Z8

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    janes

    Wendy – Great post. And most posters above – I am so with you. Enough is enough.

    Enough of this sensationalised “LNP distraction from scrutiny” – “look over there” bullshit.

    STOOOOPPPPP THIS CRAZY MAN & HIS ARROGANT TEAM & SUPPORTERS – who think they can become Govt with no substance or policies & not have to explain any of them.

    Abbott & Co have spent the past 3 years screaming, hyperventilating, pouring the petrol & lighting the flames of division, destruction, fear & negativity – & use this as a deliberate tactic & tool to gain media white noise & drown out any serious discussion or their opponents.

    They then point to Govt or their opponents & say look at them they are doing (insert whatever it is LNP have just done). They are bad, they are negative they are chaotic, etc etc etc

    No-one in the media was calling them on this during last 3 years. They got away with it for so long they think they could get away with it all the time.

    Every time they look like coming under scrutiny – or Tony announces another stupid thought bubble – they try to distract with yet another “emergency” or “disaster” that their opponents have “created” or are “doing nothing about”

    This tactic stopped for a while so Teflon Tony could look Presidiential & controlled – but it has started again as LNP come under scrutiny for their lack of policies.

    It is being ramped up now so LNP do not have to justify their policies. Murdoch press is fueling it too. eg make-up artist & Rudd – to distract ^ take media scrutiny from Tonys debate gaff

    Great thing is many journalists are starting to ignore the tactic and keep asking great questions.

    Media – Please keep asking LNP to expalin their policies!!

    Ignore LNP’s negative stupid comments designed to distract.

    Don’t let them get away with it any more. It is too important for all of us.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    The Lodge and having the Howard’s round for dinner is coming TA’s way. I loved the segment. I must dig out Chicago again. Thanks Helen. A treat although it reminded me that I don’t think Catherine Zeta Jones rang true. My fav is Renee Z doing the Roxy Hart routine.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      helen b

      Yes Dianne. I’m with you there.
      Catherine isn’t quite ‘Roxy’ enough!
      ‘he ran into my knife five times’!

      Such great lines in this!

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Kate Rose

      Dianne, You don’t really think TA will live in the Lodge do you?

      He and is wife and adult daughters will move into Kirribilli house on the 8 September IF he wins (I don’t think he will)

      Little Johnny and Janet will be right at home. Aaaah, the nostalgia. Aaaah the view.

      Thank you taxpayers.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Carole/m

    @Marilyn

    That’s Marilyn S I believe , hey Marilyn .

    Marilyn is a renowned Gillard Hater , you’ll find her comments on Independent Australia , they just love her over their too . Not. She inhabits the right wing hate sights also and Hates Gillard with a passion.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      helen b

      Thank you Carole/m!

      I thought Marilyn might have been ‘mal’ as in maladjusted, malcontent. malefic.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    Howards. Predictive text will kill grammar!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Natalie R

    What a cowardly act.. And it’s just plain wrong. He was nasty and continues to be so..
    This angers me more than it should. Julia Gillard’s speech was one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever heard and it resonated with me as I found myself nodding in agreement.
    She has really shown how classy she is by withdrawing and not further destabilising the government. She has acted with dignity. I wish her all the very best, but hope she finds a way to remain involved in public life. She did so many good things. I think she will be judged by history much more kindly.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Kate Rose

    I am waiting for the journos that have sold out to rediscover their principles and integrity. Some of them are looking really bad.

    Surely they don’t think Murdoch will appreciate that they follow instructions. What he does to anyone in his way, he will do to them. Just ask Kim Williams ….

    I am now waiting for the books – Julia’s, Greg Combet’s,
    Peter Garratt’s and Kim Williams to name just a few that spring to mind.

    One day soon, there will be nowhere for these unprincipled people to hide.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    You are probably right Katea. All is ok in a Whatif game. I live in a safe Liberal seat so my Julia 1 vote will not benefit Abbott.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Bill

    The first refuge of a bully is to accuse your target of your own worst behaviour.

    This week, Abbott has complained that Rudd is aggressive an that Gillard was crude and unfair.

    Abbott is not just a hypocritical bully, he’s a pathetic little crybaby too.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      janes

      Bill – with your “first refuge of a bully” comment you have succinctly summed up what I was trying to say above

      i have been incensed with this for the past 3 years,

      Tony Abbott and all of the Opposition & their hypocritical tactics to drown out any dissenting voices or genuine discussion.

      LNP, Murdoch & MSM have been so successful in manipulating public perception. They think they can still do this all the way to the election.

      They have no respect for any views that aren’t their own, and don’t want to work with others at all. How is that good for Aust?

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Toosje

    Breath taking isn’t it? Just when I thought he couldn’t sink any lower in my estimation, Abbot comes up with this. Heaven help Australia if he gets in.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Carole/m

    @Joanne H

    ” What a piece of work is this man ………”

    Thank you , fits him perfectly .

    @ Hughie

    You’re delusional .

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Rhoda

    Didn’t Rob Oakeshott stand up for Julia Gillard when he gave his farewell speech in Parliament. Said how disgusted he was with the language in the Parliament and mentioned the crazy letters he received. That JG’s father would be proud of her.

    Said the fringe had invaded the middle or something like that and that we had to take back the public square.

    I think we have to show that with our own language too.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Stephen

    Thanks Wendy, a good article on a truely awful man.

    The precedent for parlamentary behaviour that an Abbott victory would set is truely horrifying. Not that KRudd is much better as a human being, but at least he hasn’t spent the past three years using QT to insult the Australan people with all those ridiculous stunts, name calling, slurs and constant attempts to suspend standing orders. We are all victims of this, JG was the one on the front line.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Kate Rose

      Stephen, You think the last QT was horrible. IF the LNP take Government (and I don’t think they will) QT will have Bronwyn Bishop as the Speaker and Chrissy Pyne as the Leader of the House……

      By the by, where is Chrissy Pyne – has he been reading the IA site and gone to ground?

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    SERENAZ

    Sadly Australia’s next PM will be a cross between George W. Bush [loose lips with a propensity for embarrassing Malapropisms and thoughtless gaffes] … Putin [ a self admiring body beautiful bully boy ] … and Berlusconi [all touchy feely, ogling the ladies and hanging around nubile young girls, his daughters especially … and he will be at the constant beck and call of Murdoch, Pell, Gina and other big business big wigs, Jones and the other rabid right wing shock jocks … God help us … !

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Dianne

    Foolish Dianne. Of course you are correct Kate Rose. Waterside Sydney with stunning views for Action Man. Lots of photo ops for budgie wearing and life guarding. Or maybe not. He will be Serious Tony who globe trots and confers about weighty issues. Spare me. But you think not Kate Rose. I would love to hear why. Cheer me up.

    • Reply August 24, 2013

      Asrael

      Actually-the Lodge is about to go into serious renovation mode. No one will be able to live there for a while. The AFP were despairing of finding alternative accommodation for the PM that covered off their security concerns, in Canberra. a choice not to live there, would solve quite a few problems all round.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    kate a

    Kate Rose, I believe Whiny piney has gone to ground in the unlikely happenstance that a journalist grows a spine in the next few days and asks him a hard question about his involvement in the Brough/Pine/Ashby/Doane/Slipper affair after Clive Palmer’s account of what happened was reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Elisabeth

    We’re not having an election… we’re just watching two recessive teen boys pissing up a wall to see who goes highest.

    Let’s fill up the Senate with Independents and see what happens… it couldn’t be any worse than contemplating Rudd or Abbott in charge of the Lolly shop.

    At least one of them would have to deal with an open, minimalised ‘Party’ style Senate with the veto button.

    Well done, Wendy. You spoke for me, said what I wanted to say, but didn’t have the courage.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Bev Harris

    Thanks Wendy. I was incensed when I read that Abbott and Julie Bishop both castigated Julia Gillard today. The LNP seems hell bet on destroying her legacy but hey, we’re all laughing at his latest brain fart on boats. What better way to deflect attention.
    Pity Fairfax joined in reporting it because I was almost at the stage of subscribing again. Not now.
    Most women I know don’t believe it when some say Abbott is charming. We feel a nasty undercurrent. He will be whatever he has to be to win.
    Rudd, for all his faults, may be the more honest of the 2 but Julia outshines both.
    As for Julie Bishop … words cannot express my disgust for her.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    jano

    Thank you Wendy. Thank you Bill.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Julie

    I can’t tell you how sad and depressed I feel knowing that Tony Abbott is going to be rewarded and become Prime Minister of Australia. I just can’t believe it. I remember when Pauline Hanson first got out of jail, one of her first comments was “god help Australia if Tony Abbott ever becomes Prime Minister”. I think Rupert Murdoch has won, what will become of the NBN and all those other wonderful policies that Julia created .I also feel that the people who have deserted Labor are the ones that are going to feel the cuts that are coming, the most.

    Please, please Australia don’t vote in this person, remember Bernie Banton when you are voting for this man’s party.

    The MSM go on about Rudd’s bad behaviour, what about Abbott’s behaviour, there was the time when he wrote a letter on behalf of a priest who had been found guilty of abusing a boy, and because Tony Abbott wrote a reference, he got off on appeal.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Julie

    I can’t tell you how sad and depressed I feel knowing that Tony Abbott is going to be rewarded and become Prime Minister of Australia. I just can’t believe it. I remember when Pauline Hanson first got out of jail, one of her first comments was “god help Australia if Tony Abbott ever becomes Prime Minister”. I think Rupert Murdoch has won, what will become of the NBN and all those other wonderful policies that Julia created .I also feel that the people who have deserted Labor are the ones that are going to feel the cuts that are coming, the most.

    Please, please Australia don’t vote in this person, remember Bernie Banton when you are voting for this man’s party.

    The MSM go on about Rudd’s bad behaviour, what about Abbott’s behaviour, there was the time when he wrote a letter on behalf of a priest who had been found guilty of abusing a boy, and because Tony Abbott wrote a reference, he got off on appeal.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Babs

    Problem is – Rudd’s no better than Abbott. But apparently choosing between a pair of self-serving egomaniacs is preferable to having a woman in charge.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    ro.watson

    People can learn a lot from self-defence. For example, in aikido, a martial art With practice, you can use the momentum of your opponent~ while they are attempting brute force, you, by a small swift sidestep, and a brief non-aggressive hold using your balance, can watch them fall over on their own momentum. Howzat. Umpires?

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Karen Rees

    Yes I was also saddened by the treatment of Julia Gillard by the opposition and the media. However, while she did get many good policies through I cannot condone her treatment of refugees and single parents. Her attitude to marriage equality I also find confounding. Both Labour and the coalition have sunk to unbelievable depths when it comes to human rights. We have a great alternative to these parties in The Greens, lead by a very intelligent and compassionate woman in Christine Milne. What a fabulous kick in the guts that would be to Abbott (its hard to even type his name, I find him to be such a hypocritical low-life) if a party of integrity, social progression and fairness were to prevail.

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      Possum

      Karen Rees – with you 100% ! I think it the only alternative for thinking, caring human beings.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Zuzi

    Thanks Wendy….to possibly think this creep abbot will be pm and representing Aust makes me puke!!!! Such a narrow minded rude anti-women’s rights prick! There us so much bad bad attitude bad bad sactimonious smarmy self righteousness …boy am I upset that he will most likely win! Sorry for my rant !

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Zuzi

    And poor me I live in the electorate of Sophie Mirabella….she is standing with abbot in that photo of ditchthewitch !!!

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    Pam Rawlings

    I absolutely agree with you. I did not think I could ever be surprised by anything this poor excuse for a man would do to claim the keys to the lodge. I was just completely lost for words when I read that. Now I have so many words running through my mind I would need to write a book. I can not believe he is playing the hard done by victim to try and get the sympathy vote. This man is pure evil. God help us all when he becomes PM. He is certainly a bully but I do note in his history and recent it is mainly women he tries to Bully. Our beautiful Julia just proved too tough for him. He expected her out long before she finally finished up and also thought he was going to be PM long before this. The liberal party are so on the nose. The whole front bench are just a disgusting mob. They have all condoned and added to the horrible things said about our PM. To kick her when she is down just proves exactly what a nasty piece of work he really is. Well I guess we are just going to have to suffer with him for the next three years or at least until Australia wakes up to him. I am still gobsmacked and can not believe he can twist anything to his advantage. I only know of one other in the world like him, I do believe his name was Adolf.

  • Reply August 24, 2013

    ro.watson

    Well Zuzi ~ in relation to your LNP candidate I used the words “detest” without having ever met Sophie Mrabella.
    I am sorry. I was wrong. Those “ditch the witch” signs behind her were detestable. For all those who wonder why, check out how women who were accused of being witches, were dealt with by the patriachy, way back then,in Europe. Cough.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Asta Zangasta

    What a profoundly sad read this is.

    I can remember when Wendy Harmer used to be funny and relevant.

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      helen b

      @ Asta Zangasta or is it agony angst?

      Wendy has never lost her sense of humour and is unlikely to do so. So you can put that little nastiness away because no supporter of Hoopla is likely to accept your pathetic attempt at ‘put down’ attempting to sow a seed of bitterness and despair. It just won’t happen here!

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Carole/m

    @John Ward

    Thank you so much , everything you say makes absolute sense in relation to Abbott . You’ve explained everything .
    I’m not going crazy after all.

    Projection …..what the ego repudiates is split off
    and placed in another .
    Fits the Abbott behavior perfectly.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    ro.watson

    I am sorry for all the work others have done to improve me, and I still make mistakes or is it a mistake to say “detest”?

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    ro.watson

    This projection premise thingy whereby the male ego goes all peculiar and projects negative qualities on women?Done. Time to go about, and try a different tack~ in our sailing and other endeavours?

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    ro.watson

    For example, try denial of women’s life experiences, and a quick smash and grab on the public purse with LNP’s PPL scheme to soothe male anguish?

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    ro.watson

    An obstacle, carole/m and John Ward?

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    patriciawa

    JULIA!

    J is for Julia and the Joy she gave.
    U is for Us, so Useless to save
    Labor while staying Loyal to her,
    In spite of our Instinct that never
    Again could we Australians be so proud of our name.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Louise

    Many women have had to put up with a Tony Abbott in their lives. Either as a boss or a husband or a friend’s husband. He fills me with rage but also despair because so many people think what he says and does is okay. I just don’t get it. Wendy is absolutley correct. Abbott has damaged Australia’s reputation, Julia Gillard’s reputation, he has said and done some truly awful things including maligning Bernie Banton on his deathbed and now he is procaliming that he is the victim. Gimme a break.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Robo

    Abbott is a disgrace. He’ll say and do anything, lying, bullying, back-flipping. The only comfort with him as PM will be his demise. He has nothing positive to offer this country except pandering to the ‘battling’ whingers and non-achievers, the marginal thinkers, in the outer marginal seats

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    John Leal

    Julia Gillard made being offended a national sport. Her much bandied misogynist term applied to anyone who didn’t agree with her. She couldn’t come to terms with strong men such as Tony Abbott. She hired John McTernan to carry out a vile social media campaign, which failed miserably. She told lies to the Australian public, and is being investigated for misappropriating union funds. On the other hand, Tony Abbott is a fine family man who, on his record, will become PM in September. Suck it up, lefties.

    • Reply August 26, 2013

      jane

      John Leal, Lielaot is a spineless bully; always has been, always will be.

      If you consider someone who abuses the dying, makes crude jokes about people who have fragile mental health, gives pedophiles character references, and knowingly uses the death of loved ones to attack an opponent, as a sign of strength of character, your support for Liealot is unsurprising.

      No doubt you are just as cruel, hypocritical, spiteful, lacking in character and gutless as your hero.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    JoanneH

    John Leal – being a troll, destructive and negative is so easy. How much creativity and ingenuity does it take to read the front pages of the Murdoch tabloids each day and then come up with some sort of tawdry comments based upon it?
    Blog trolls spread themselves around good blogs because it is so easy to be destructive, and there is no intelligence required.

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      Possum

      Joanne H : Excellent comment – well said.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Steven

    Oh Wendy I love you :)

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Dianne

    John Leal fish oil supplements are recommended for increased concentration and focus. A good night’s sleep helps too and no coffee after 3 pm.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Carole/m

    @John Leal

    Misogyny was introduced into the Parliament , both verbally and physically by Tony Abbott .

    HE called Peter Slipper a Misogynist and a Sexist in the Parliament , the pot calling the kettle black I would say . Slipper as you should know , was found , ” Not Guilty ” of Sexual Harrassment by Justice Rares in the High Court , Rares ruled that James Ashby conspired with Mel Brough ( LNP ) & others to damage the reputation of Slipper for Political purposes .

    I believe Gillard only used Misogyny after Abbott smeared Slipper for his own Political gain , it came back to bight him and rightfully so

    We are yet to hear an apology from the Holier than Thou Man of Character , Tony Abbott , you wouldn’t want to be ” hanging by the thumbs “,
    waiting for an apology from a man who projects all of his ” bastardry ” onto others .

    Several other members of the LNP including
    Christopher Pyne , were also part of the Ashby Conspiracy .

    I think the sh*t is about to hit the fan for Brough,
    who is running for election in Peter Slippers seat of Fisher and also for Christopher Pyne who has Lied several times about his involvement in this
    disgraceful ” Affair ” .

    Go to ” Independent Australia ” for the latest developments on ” Ashbygate “.

    As for Gillard being investigated for misappropriating union funds , that story was dragged out with the sole purpose of destroying Gillard , News Ltd actually refused to run this story in 2009 because they decided there was nothing in it , the ” scumbags ” ran it as part of their ongoing propaganda to promote “Ruperts Boy ” Tones .

    Do you have evidence to back your claim , or are you the Liar .

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Dianne

    John Leal I hope you heard Julie Bishop’s warm up address to your fellow travellers today. Talk about vitriol! I would have thought that Tony Abbott, who, only yesterday accused Julia Gillard of debasing standards in political discourse, would not have been a willing partner to the character assassination of his opponent, the current Prime Minister of Australia. He has shown time and time again that he has no respect for the Office. Can you imagine American Presidential candidates addressing each other in such a manner? And how the audience howled with pleasure. I would have thought too that a ‘fine family man’ would have baulked at his deputy including an anecdote about a coalition supporter bearing his bottom at the ALP candidate in Corangamite with the exhortation: ‘Kiss my arse’. Again the audience roared their delight. I have heard that from secondary sources as I could not endure much of Julie Bishop’s mockery of Rudd. I was squirming and I am no supporter of that man. I think she jumped the shark to use that phrase which is all the rage these days. I think you are right John Leal. Abbott’ s record will deliver him victory: a record of lies, fabrication, exaggeration, bullying and self-absorption. All with the support of a compliant media. God help us all for our fate is in the hands of fools like you.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Alan notJones

    If once, just once, Tony had turned around and said “pull down those DITCH THE WITCH signs” I would not accuse you of being a Coaltion dupe or operative. But he didn’t, so I do.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Benison O'Reilly

    I’d forgotten about his Bernie Banton & Pauline Hanson. Why aren’t the Labor Party highlighting these in their advertising? Thanks for reminding me about the measure of the man.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Rhoda

    Why is Abbott even bringing up Julia Gillard. She’s not on anyone’s horizon at the moment far as I’m aware. Sounds like a gratuitous insult to me.

    • Reply August 25, 2013

      DP

      Rhoda, Timing. Note Abbott brought up Gillard less than a day after he announced the Boat buy back. Which no misses scrutiny.

      • Reply August 25, 2013

        DP

        *sorry ,

        which NOW misses scrutiny

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    sIMON

    Tony Abbott is a master projectionist, he always seems to be accusing people of his own failings.

  • Reply August 25, 2013

    Rhoda

    Well, someone should be asking him why we have to buy leaky boats when we’ve been towing them out to sea and burning them. Indonesian fisherman know their boats will be burnt and so have been using the leakiest ones they can find.

    It’s the policy of burning the boats that has driven the people smugglers to use leaky boats. Doesn’t take much to work that one out. So why don’t we have photos of burning boats on the front page with an explanation of what’s happening. And why hasn’t Abbott and Rudd been given the third degree. If they care so much about boat people drowning. But we know they don’t give a hoot, don’t we. And nor does the general public, truth be known or there’d be loud debate about it.

    It’s all rot.

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    The Doctor (@DOCTORrob54)

    This man is a dead set psycho,after continuously slandering,interrupting,non stop disrupting of Parliament
    and showing no respect for the PM,he accuses Labour of
    starting negativity.”.Projection”and he does it often and constant repetition,delusions,there is a good chance he is Simple schizophrenic.Just watch him.

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    Peter

    Wendy, what lot of waffle…just take the tone of Gillard’s and minister’s responses to questions from the Opposition, loaded with deep sarcasm and vitriol…thank god that’s over now that she’s gone.

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    Robynne

    Thank you Wendy, abbott tries to hide behind a façade of being superior in every way, but a leopard does not change its spots.

    He is a truly nasty person who will demean this country in the eyes of the world should he become PM.He is nothing more than a vicious bully and it is quite possible that he is a sociopath at the least but more likely a psychopath.

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    salt

    tone got beaten by a woman. Can’t have that -his religion is based on a child borne from a woman’s body . A boy child , no less.So , lets forget about the mother , she will get her just reward in heaven……….forward to the vatican , full of men doing manly things with other men . Happy to pimp your daughters ,tone ,while the church whispers in your ear . P.S. peeps , you do not need to be a priest to be a cardinal ,although you need to be a priest/cardinal to vote for the new pope.

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    Carole/m

    Tonight , Tony Windsor was on ABC’s Australian Story . If you didn’t see it , it’s worth trying to catch it.

    I just love this man . For his tell it like it is honesty , his decency , his strength and also for standing up for Julia Gillard .

    When he stood up for Gillard , I felt that he stood up for all of the Women in this country who felt so abused by Tony Abbotts shameful , degrading behavior towards Julia Gillard .

    I felt he stood up for me because I was personally insulted by the Bob Browns Bitch signs and I was appalled at the Prime Ministers vicious treatment in the Parliament and beyond.

    The blows that Julia Gillard received , fell on all of us and we are all demeaned by them.

    I will be forever grateful to Tony Windsor for being a beacon of light & honesty in the darkest days of the 43rd Parliament , the days of our first female Prime Minister .

    Thanks Tony.

    • Reply August 28, 2013

      pasu

      Salute to tony —ha,alas not tony the destroyer but tony windsor. His comment that abbot will do anything to be pm was displayed yet again in todays debate.
      When he says Rudd is for himself and not the country it is nothing but his projection (psychological,pure and simple).
      Abbott will sell his a… to be pm
      Just reject it—it stinks

      pp

  • Reply August 26, 2013

    Rhoda

    Funniest thing. Someone just told me there’s no such thing as a three star general/commander in the AIF.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    DJ Peterson

    Just back from Queensland where my consertavice ,medical ,teacher,friends,are furious and gutted at what the LNP under Cambell Newman is doing to that state.lifetime readers of the Courier canceling their subscriptions in disgust .marched with the Save The Reef Gathering to highlight this indefensible destruction…beware of this party who have sworn to destroy thr greens.who bully everyone …..that is ” we want total power to do as we want ” cut where we want ,sell off what we want ( hospitals,ambulance services…develop where we want. national parks !!!! icons that have bought millons to our shores.Rudd may have a huge ego,bad temper,but he didn’t puch holes in a wall with a woman’s head in the middle.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Rebeca

    This man deserves all the vitriol he is getting on this site and more. To add to that, I will say that he will stop at nothing to achieve the power that he feels is his birthright. The fact that he lacks the talent and the depth required for the job does not enter his mind. More than anybody, he epitomises that insult that was hurled at women by other well known misogynists, He has done his absolute best over the past three years to ‘destroy the joint’, by lowering the standards of behaviour in parliament and by opposing every piece of legislation, regardless of its significance for Australia, on the pretence that Julia Gillard did not have the right to lead our country. She most certainly did, those that do not agree with that should work to change our Constitution and get rid of the Westminster system. In my books that is no honour. I would think that to be PM the first thing one must be is a patriot, to love one’s country, to put one’s country over one’s own lust for power. T.A. is no such man!

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Rob

    I sometimes wonder what reality you lefties are living in. Abbott is humble, gracious and an excellent member of the community, getting out there and volunteering in ways that I just know 99% of the people sinking the boot in here from the safety of their keyboards have never, ever done. You all make me sick. Go home and take a god, hard, long look at yourselves in the mirror.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Kate Rose

    And it still goes on. Last night news showed Abbott visiting a factory at Mills-Tui in Narangba, Queensland to preview his policy for young unemployed. He said to one young woman as he approached her “You would be the most popular girl in the place I suppose, wouldn’t you?” She turned away and said “Not really” and then walked away. And, SHE wasn’t being rude.

    The follow up photo in this morning’s Herald Sun showed she was the only female in a group of fifteen, hence his remarks.

    So you can imagine the vulnerability she feels every day being the only girl with fourteen boys. She certainly didn’t need a ‘figure of authority’ confronting her with such a sexist remark.

    This to my mind, is a lot worse than Rudd not talking to a mature make up artist employed by Murdoch. But where are the headlines?

    At the least he is ignorant of the nuances of society and at the most he is a sleaze. I wouldn’t want him saying that to my young daughter.

    I have noticed young children don’t relate to him – they wary when he approaches them and places his hand on their arm or shoulder. Whereas young children relate to Rudd – lean in to him, smile at him but maybe its the shiny grey hair or the glasses.

    They are instinctive reactions and very telling.

    Don’t take my word for it, check out the news and see if I am right.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Rhoda

    I wouldn’t want him saying it to my daughter either, Kate. Can’t imagine a decent man saying it. My husband, my father – definitely wouldn’t.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Dianne

    Don’t kid yourself Rob. What politician is ‘humble’. If Abbott were humble he would have stayed in the seminary. Fake humility is a nauseating thing. Charles Dickins gave us memorable ‘umble characters. You have no antenna if you think TA is humble. True humility is noble. It is not the caricature of a Uriah Heep bending low, wheedling and wringing hands. Politicians like TA, John Howard Nd Kevin Rudd who abase themselves pretending to be some cartoon image of the common man make me sick. All those budgies, hard hats, hair nets, shaving blunder pics, old-fashioned street patois … So tiresome. Politics is bare knuckle fighting at the top. Why pretend for the Robs of this world. I won’t even start on the volunteering. Good on him. But leave the cameras behind.

    • Reply August 27, 2013

      Kate Rose

      Dianne, I read your frustration – oh, for a straight forward, plain speaking PM – just had one in Julia Gillard.

      As for volunteering (so publicised) he pays himself out of his taxpayer funded travelling allowance – and free air fares. Real sacrifice – I don’t think so.

      The man is a fraud from his early days in the seminary to his current portrayal of the perfect man – all those macho pursuits what do they hide ?

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    William ambrose

    Tiony went into the port mac ironman
    2 years ago I said to my son Paul
    I see tony is an ironman
    Paul replied dad when tony finished
    I was back in Sydney
    Dad he is no ironman he just finished
    Ps Paul won the race

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    janet

    My election dream outcome: Labor win (because they finally decided to articulate their worthwhile policies, not the on-the- run made up crap), KRudd loses his seat and TAbbott cries in public. A fitting reward for Julia Gillard I think.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Afraid, very afraid for Australia.

    History will judge the protagonists appropriately. Julia will be judged well if lacking in media saavy. Tony & Kevin will be judged for what they are – over ambitious mediocrity – Come on down Malcolm!!

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    John

    Not so much as a last punch. A bit more like a head stomp following a series of king hits and then justifying it by saying “they got all smart with me your Honour”.

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    Carole/m

    If anyone thinks this wanker is an athlete ,
    ” tell ‘em their dreamin’ “. He’s a plodder at best , with no natural ability, have you seen the way he walks & runs. Throwin’ punches is what he’s good at .

    He’s been drawn elsewhere (IA) as Golum the “My Precious ” character from Lord of the Rings ,who’s total obsession is ” The Ring” that will give him total power . Sound familiar ???

    This part must have been written for Abbott ,
    it’s him , even looks like him , same scrawny body , same lust for Power !!!!!!!

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    John Ward

    Democracy requires we make informed decisions. We are entitled to know the facts.
    Abbott says he is a “Man with a Plan” but doesn’t let us know if, or how it will work, or who will pay for his plan.

    Abbott is stealing democracy by bombarding us with the the appeal to ignorance, to prejudice, and the brutality of the negative political campaign the lies and misrepresentations, the repetitive slogans and half truths, that he has done, for the last three years.
    Those people who had their tax threshold raised (one million of them) are now to be taxed once again. That has got to be, a handy $2 Billion. His “signature” paid parental leave policy will see some shareholders and self-funded retirees lose money under the 1.5 per cent levy on business that would be imposed to partly fund the scheme.

    “Fix the economy” means nothing to me, unless I know the how.

    Tony Abbott displays his great weakness each time he reverses same slogans and half truths, the sneers, which dragged down Julia Gillard. This is what we have heard him say for three years inside and outside parliament. 

    Now because of focus group advice to switch to “positive single message”, Tony Abbott projects his failings onto Kevin Rudd. 

    (Projection was conceptualised by Freud in his letters to Wilhelm Fliess, and further refined by Karl Abraham and Anna Freud. Freud considered that in projection thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings that cannot be accepted as one’s own are dealt with by being placed in the outside world and attributed to someone else. What the ego repudiates is split off and placed in another). 

    You seem to be one of those liars we often meet, who think that the words they utter are true because they came out of their mouth. Delusional is the word I’m looking for!

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    John Ward

    “I am prepared to submit myself to the judgement of the Australian people”.
    That is very BIG of you Tony. It’s called an election.
    But you do need to take us into your confidence and let us understand what you are on about !!

  • Reply September 1, 2013

    Di Peterson

    Dianne I love the what if game too
    What if …? Abbott wins but the greens and independents hold the balance Wow hold him to account,lets see how successful he can be at negotiation ? wow…..how much legislation he gets through when he has deal with the aspirations of all Australians ,??? wow…… how will those “dopey dad” “budgie smuggler “moments carry over into managing a iminority parliment ???? wow …. and just for good measure …. add a destabilizing force in his own cabinet lobbying for a more popular leader…..Malcom ??????and Rudd looses his seat Karmic….wow ?and Murdoch does not get his planned total power with “his chosen government” wow
    ” I have a dream”

  • Reply September 1, 2013

    Dianne

    Di – he says he won’t negotiate with the Greens and/or independents to win Government. Do you believe that? That will be his first broken promise. Of course he would only negotiate if he thought he would win. Anyway it is a total disgrace that he is even saying that he will not negotiate?

    I share your dream.

    Paul Kelly is on radio as I tap out this. TA is going to wonderful. Trustworthy. Conservative. Consultative.

    Whoa. We are going to see a remarkable change of character.

    • Reply September 1, 2013

      Di Peterson

      It is a disgrace that he says he will not negotiate with a third party who represents Australians regardless of his parties agenda….it infuriates me this ” bully boy but jeez I’m cute” farce.
      It infuriates me enough to change my vote
      I will be handing out “get up score cards on 7th for people to make up there own minds based on the facts!!!! not have some American billionaire decide for us.based on his commercial interests.

  • Reply September 1, 2013

    Dianne

    Good on you Di. I admire you. I will be under the bed.

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  • Reply March 16, 2014

    Susan Barnacle

    Okay fellow Women you would rather Gillard was still in power?
    $400 bilion would now be 600+ in debt.
    Hundreds more would have drowned.
    The corruption would continue.

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