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Why doesn’t the Facebook abuse of Tony Abbott prompt outrage from the moral guardians?

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

Oh how the sanctimonious Left bemoaned the slightest criticism of Julia Gillard. Egged on by Gillard’s own rants, and abetted by heavy-hitting propagandists such as David Marr and Robert Manne, the leftist blogosphere and Twitterverse manufactured a strange demonology, wherein Tony Abbott and his supporters were transformed into a misogynistic army of haters.

Such character assassination remains the most overused technique from the Left’s current playbook: A deliberate reverse ad hominem manoeuvre whereby genuine political disagreements from opponents are spun to appear as personal hate-motivated slurs. Media attack dogs for the Obama administration overuse this tactic so often it borders on the comical. You don’t want Obamacare? You’re a racist! Want to keep your guns? How racist! Think tax rates are too high? Racist! You’re a Republican? RACIST!

While Gillard once complained of her internet detractors being ‘misogynists and nutjobs’, the recent federal election demonstrated, more than ever, on just what side of the political fence most of the web’s crazies reside. Andrew Bolt has already commented on the rapid appearance of hate-filled Facebook pages that sprang up post-election.

Including: ‘Tony Abbott should be assassinated’ and ‘Tony Abbott should just die’. A reader of Bolt’s blog was able to track the location of the Facebook user who created the assassinate Abbott page: a trade union hall. No real surprises there. One suspects Bolt was also aware of, but too much of a gentleman to even mention, other disgraceful Facebook hate pages such as ‘Furiously Masturbating To Tony Abbott’s daughters’, or the more innocuous sounding, but equally disgusting page titled ‘Tony Abbott’s Daughters.’ Both are filled with the vilest of sexual descriptions, including incest and bestiality, depraved fantasies that seem to resonate in the souls of too many sickos on the Left.


Like millions across this great land, I watched the election results on Saturday 7 September. One eye on the TV — as my friend Carlos surfed between the various channels’ coverages — the other on Facebook and Twitter. As heartening as the results coming through the TV may have been, the reactions from lefty netizens were beyond disturbing. I don’t exaggerate when I say much of what I read was unpublishable. A slew of deviant comments similar to those on the Facebook pages mentioned above filled my screen. Rage at how the majority of their fellow Australians had voted. Crass sexualised commentary aimed at Abbott’s wife and daughters. Even threats of rape and violence. Just despicable. A smattering of some of the more moderate tweets in this vein follows. In keeping with the Left’s relentless assertion of Abbott’s misogyny, it seems fitting to focus on those of a misogynist bent:

@MusicMelbMary: ‘What would Tony Abbott do if one of his daughter’s became a prostitute?’ @AndyDwyerSays: ‘Tony Abbott’s daughters now snorting lines off toilets at Lib HQ #ausvotes’. @MichelleBlogna: ‘Can’t wait for a leaked sex tape of the @TonyAbbottMHR daughters #ElectionProject’. @mffyrg ‘Shower @TonyAbbottMHR’s repulsive daughters with rotten fruit and veg at every opportunity. The Whores of @LiberalAus.’ @vila900 ‘Tony Abbot’s [sic] daughters look like men. Ugly. #TonyAbbott’. @JcliffordSmith: ‘Tony Abbott’s daughters look like trannies 2nite #ausvotes’. @bernietb: ‘Tony Abbott groping his daughters live on national TV’. @dailydoseofjess: ‘Tony Abbott’s daughters glad they can finally stop playfully stroking their dad’s chest.’ @JazzyAds: ‘Tony Abbott lusts after his daughters. Margie looks like a man, no wonder perv Tony can’t keep his hands off them. #tonyabbott #pervtony’.

Again, as disgraceful as the above tweets may be, they pale in comparison to much of the abject filth that appeared on Twitter and Facebook attacking Abbott and his female family members. But don’t expect outrage from lefty moralists anytime soon. Any more than they ever criticised the treatment of Sophie Mirabella, who was a regular victim of internet abuse. (Indeed, when she looked set to lose her seat, multiple tweeters and Facebookers exclaimed in malicious delight: ‘The Witch Is Dead!’)

And what about the late, great, Margaret Thatcher, whose actual death was celebrated by glee-filled and hate-riddled leftists both on the web and on British streets? How about the relentless vilification of Pauline Hanson? Or the despicable belittlement of Sarah Palin? Hello progressive defenders of the sisterhood? Are you there? Any accusations of misogyny? Of course not. Any woman right of centre — or, as our most recent federal election as proven, even the female family of a centre-right politician — is grist for the Left’s vindictive mill.

When the practice of demonising your opposition is encouraged by Labor’s leadership and intellectual vanguard, it should come as no surprise that their goose-stepping followers start reaching for torches, pitchforks and nooses. Contra the wailing and finger-pointing of the Left, it’s not News Limited, Alan Jones, or even their great Satan — Tony Abbott — who are responsible for the ugly divisiveness in modern Australia.

The paranoid strain in Australian political thought originates from the Left’s own propaganda machine, long geared to portraying the ‘unelectable’ Liberal leader as a misogynistic, homophobic, racist monster. Thank God that most of Australia didn’t fall for their lies. But a seething minority of true believers and fellow travellers, their own souls overflowing with the hatred they project onto others, are still drunk on the poisonous propaganda they have long consumed. It is almost a case study demonstrating why the Left are always so ready to accuse others of the politics of hate. Because they know exactly what it looks like. And if they ever have to check, verification is always just a mirror away.

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  • cheeky

    oh do grow up….i have been a recipient and seen many pages of liberals doing the exact same thing!!

  • Bernadette

    what a crock!! soooo many pages about Julia Gillard like this and worse, where was your horror then? The plain and simple truth is Tony Abbott does not have an original idea or forward vision in his head and is not PM material. All he did for 3 years was spend taxpayer money on his sporting obsession, attending every big sporting event and participating in many…oh and push his book. In parliment he opposed everything including great labor reform like NDIS and yes in the end they relented and claim bipartisanship but there were no bums on seats on their side of parliment when t he legislation went through.If parliment was a sport then he has bad sportsmanship and was a “sore loser”.The plot to unseat Slipper (i cannot wait to see via margot kinsgtonand freedom of information who actually handed over those cab charges to the police)and Thomson to force an election was the lowest thing I have ever witnessed in politics in my memory. He is not and never will be “my” prime minister.i am so glad he does not have control of the senate and so many of his ideals will not make legislation or undo the great work done by labor over the past 6 years. hopefully he will not do any damage to the economy over the 3 yrs he has before labor back in power.

    • johnward154

      The Thomson and Slipper matters are still to be resolved in court and the actions of Abbott and company will be subject to the crimes act in good time.

      • Bernadette

        I surely hope so!

      • Trish

        Please be right. Please be right.

  • DJNemesis

    In regards to this blog, I’d like to quote from your article about Facebook: “It is a retarded and reactionary position, spawned from the same
    twisted mindset that will always blame the gun, rather than the person
    who pulls the trigger.”

  • s_desmond

    Being left leaning in politics (Greens voter) I can’t abide misogyny no matter who it is aimed at…the idea that Abbott’s daughters are being made the object of some a__hole’s website, as if they are fair game as their father is right wing…well that’s pure crap. It’s the same reasoning that anyone gives when they want to dehumanize anyone – when anyone ones to hurt another in order to feel powerful. I dislike intensely, what Sophie Mirrabella stands for, but I would absolutely have her back regarding some of the insults I have heard levelled at her – and it erks me to no end when expected to join in the bullying just because I am politically active. I always call it for what it is. I just wonder why there is not more outcry from the Right, specifically the Right wing women…is it because they don’t want to be seen as being affected by this??

    • Winston Smith

      How do you feel about misandry?

      eg. “Albasleazy” on the Women For Abbott facebook page.

      • s_desmond

        I think that “Alabasleazy’ and the amount of violent demeaning abuse and objectification that has been hurled at women politicians (and in this instance, at a male politicians daughters) are not really comparable in scale.

  • JD

    It is ABSOLUTELY Murdochs News Ltd, Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, and Ray Hadley who are responsible for the ugly divisiveness in our country due to their endless nastiness toward the frontbenchers of the government of the day. Why is it that this writer has forgotten Abbott and Mirabella standing under the Ditch the Witch and Bob Browns Bitch signs as he is indignant about people tweeting ‘The witch is dead’ when they heard Mirabella had lost her seat. You see even Tony Windsor a man of great character labelled Mirabella a ‘nasty’. He should know – he faced her each day in parliament. And the vitriol and bullying that Gillard was subjected to from not only the opposition but also those cowardly men I first mentioned who used their power in the media to do it WILL NOT EVER be forgotten Mr Dean Bertram. Also I have seen absolutely disgusting altered pics of Julia Gillard too. And in regard to Tony’s daughters – I will never understand why he used them as election fodder parading them on the campaign draped over him and thereby putting them in the firing line for lewd comments. Where was his sense of protectiveness! You have not done your research at all Mr Dean Bertram and if you did you would find it on the left, the right and in the centre.

  • Trish

    When Tony Abbott proposed “Vote for me…I’m the one with the not too bad looking daughters” He openly declared he was sexually objectifying them in exchange for a vote. That is sicker than any facebook group or tweet. Care to do a story on his role in misogyny?

    • chucky

      Just because YOU evidently think that young women can’t be intelligent, personable, successful AND attractive, does NOT mean it’s true.

    • mona

      you are sick

  • Burnie Hilst

    Tony Abbott committed an unpardonable sin. He won the election. Get over it people. You’ll have your chance in 3 years or if a double dissolution comes along. In the meantime do what we’ve been doing the past 6 years and waiting for an opportunity to do to your heroes what should have been done in 2008. Kick the bastards so far out of government they’re never heard of again. Sadly for you bitter people, I don’t think you’re going to get that opportunity until you’re all 6 feet underground. Me? I’m laughing.

    • JD

      Not on his own merit he didn’t..no way would he have won it without his buddy Murdoch and the Nationals. Because more Aussies actually voted for Labor than they did for Abbott’s party the Liberals – FACT. Its only being in a coalition that got them in.
      Yes we do have to accept that LNP won the election, and I hope they do good for our country. The article we are commenting on above is skewed just in the same way Murdoch had his journalists pen their articles. To write a piece as the one above where there is judgement on the ‘lefties’ for being sooo nasty to well I was going to write our PM Mr Abbott – but he’s not yet our PM until he is sworn in – so for now just Abbott and others is just unbelievable. This guy has researched one side and then presents that side only. Get real…I got banned from the Liberals Facebook page just for posting a link to the report by the Nobel Prize winning Economist Prof. Joseph Stigliz about how the GFC was handled in Australia!! And on the Labor page I saw absolute vile trolling going on it was horrendous and so nasty. So like I said it’s on the left centre and right. Will be interested to know how long you’ll be laughing for.

      • Doug

        “Because more Aussies actually voted for Labor than they did for Abbott’s party the Liberals – FACT.”

        Pure Bollocks. That is a conclusion that can only be reached if you exclude the Liberal vote in QLD & the NT, where the “Liberal Party” doesn’t exist and are instead known as the “Liberal National Party” and the “Country Liberals” respectively. According to AEC, Labor received 3.9 million votes, over the whole country. The “Liberal Party”, which only ran in 5 states and 1 territory received 3.7 million votes. The Queensland version of the party received another million votes, and 40,000 votes by the NT party. This doesn’t include the votes that their coalition partners the National Party received. In every state & territory except the ACT, the Liberal Party or it’s state equivalent outpolled Labor, and overall the various state variants of the Liberal party outpolled Labor by more than 1 million votes or about 27%. If their Coalition partners, the Nationals are also included, it is more than 1.5 million votes or about 40% more first preference votes that went to the incoming government.

        • JD

          Lets not complicate the matter as you have tried to – I said more Aussies voted Labor – who stands alone with no coalition than Tony Abbotts Liberal Party. FACT so don’t ‘bollocks’ me thankyou.
          Officially from the Tally Room.
          Australian Labor Party…. ….3,577,809.
          Liberal Party of Australia……3,351,326.
          Nationals………………………….922,019.

          • Doug

            Where did you pluck those figures from?

            Offical tally, from the Australian Electoral Commission, retrieved just now, and updated on their site as at 6:31pm on 14 Sept 13:
            Australian Labor Party 3,902,425
            Liberal 3,703,007
            Liberal National Party 1,039,661
            The Nationals 515,160
            Country Liberals (NT) 39,991

            Ignoring the Nationals, the Liberal Party in it’s various names received 4,782,659 votes to Labor’s 3,902,425
            So even ignoring their coalition partners the National Party, the Liberal party received considerably more votes than Labor. To suggest that Labor received more votes, simply because the Liberal party has a different name in QLD & NT is plainly dishonest.

            I’ll stand by my statement that your claim was bollocks, and I’ll add to it that you are deliberate liar.

          • Jared Blake

            Wow, I suppose you don’t understand what a ‘coalition’ means.

          • Ted Melbourne

            the total amount of aussie THAT DID NOT VOTE LABOR IS STILL THE MAJORIY WETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT JD! Our voting system has not changed for the last election ,it still be the same system that gave us 12 years of hard labor and the majority of Australians said enough!

          • JEM

            number not amount

      • Gail Campbell

        Murdoch supported Rudd in 07. Do you really believe a couple of stories changed anything? People had seen 6 years of chaos & made up their minds a long time ago. If Murdoch did anything he got Rudd some sympathy votes.

        • Bernadette

          yes, Murdoch supported Rudd in 07,but not as blatantly as this campaign of hatred against the sitting govt..Not every story ,even the good ones regarding the opposition had Rudd support in there like this campaign. The front pages were dispicable and any positive govt story had and oooh but Tony is better codicil in there at the bottom of it.

          • Gail Campbell

            All the lefties are having a big tantrum because they lost. ABC have been extremely biased & none of you even admit it. I hope they get shut down because they are useless.

          • JD

            Actually the ABC have been quite pro Abbott on what I’ve read. Did they have in your face big photos that were doctored to ridicule Abbott? No Gail – they didn’t. There is no tantrum Gail. Abbott is PM. He had better deliver good for this country. Abbott and Hockey have admitted that the economy is good and the budget isn’t in bad shape, so all the doom and gloom and scaremongering that went on was a load of BS. So many times I read the same old thing from trolls ‘Labor have wrecked this country’. There was definitely disunity in the party and some poor decisions in regard to that, but overall they did very very well for Australia and despite a minority government they managed to get through over 500 good pieces of legislation, which will benefit all Australians. But like I’ve said before the LNP when in opposition have created a role model for Labor to follow but I bet when they do the same as LNP did in opposition you will hear nothing but slagging about them, because there is one rule for LNP and another for everyone else. As an Aussie I sincerely hope they do a good job of running the country because if they don’t myself and my family will be affected, so I definitely am not wishing for failure in any way. I also hope that women on both sides of the house and senate never have to be subjected to the vile bullying that Julia Gillard had to deal with.

          • Steve Johnson

            Please, Gail, you are so awful it is embarrassing. That you have 37 sycophants supporting you is a reflection of the blog and its readership – I don’t see any minds being changed with your childish rants.

            Typical conservative self-delusion – ranting to rusted on tory voters. Thanks for making a difference.

          • Cade

            Gail the Liberals won, why are you still trolling?? Be happy the party you preferred won. But no, you actually are a troll, you’re mission is to continue attacking and riling people up because people like you are perpetually unhappy either way. I find it incredibly cowardly to be heckling and insulting people whilst hiding behind a diagram instead of an actual picture of yourself.

        • JD

          A couple of stories! They were full front pagers and many more than just a couple. Gail Campbell you trolled the Labor page constantly abusing people! You of all people have a cheek to talk about abuse from bogans!

          • Gail Campbell

            The left are always hypocrites. I didn’t see any liberal voter advocating rapes, bashings or assassinations. I didn’t see any pages promoting the assassination of Rudd or Gillard with a graphic of a gun to their heads. I didn’t see any pages headed Julia Gillard is c—. That’s the point you people just don’t get. It’s also the behaviour you resort to when you can’t win an argument.

          • Bernadette

            ahhh,,you didn’t look very hard then……I actually thought this comment was sarcasm lol

          • Steve Johnson

            Actually a lot of this nastiness did happen, and you are seriously mistaken for thinking that one side of polittics is any less nasty or brutish than the other.

            “Ditch the Witch” “Bob Brown’s Bitch” “Drag Her Out to Sea in a Chaff Bag” … and they were the printable comments actually endorsed by the mainstream!

            In the former, Tony Abbott had interviews in front of those signs. In the latter, the Right’s shock jock of choice, Alan Jones, uttered the comments.

            So all this didn’t happen?

            The other stuff was actually unprintable.

          • bobbybigglins

            Are you kidding? You clearly have amnesia if you can’t remember the things that were said about Julia

          • Jared Blake

            Use your inside voice Gail.

      • Mikko L.

        Sure..

    • Gail Campbell

      Some of the posts on this page prove her point precisely. What will we get next time? Union officials with baseball bats standing over us as we fill out out our ballot forms?

      • Bernadette

        what? i think the point is, soooo many people have said they did not vote Abbott, 2 in 100 i know did,one accidentally..so how did he win?

        • Gail Campbell

          He won because he got the most votes. I realise the left are in denial but they are not really mature enough to cope with reality.

          • JD

            There you go again Gail with your insults, just can’t help yourself….lol

          • Gail Campbell

            You are the ones having a tantrum because you lost the election. 2 votes in 100 for Abbott??? You wonder why people think you are a joke.

          • JD

            Quit your bullying Gail and grow up. Read back through your posts and look at all the insults you have dished out just on this thread. Totally unnecessary.

          • Nomdy Ploom

            Seriously, JD? You played the “bullying” card? Way to completely lose all credibility. Pathetic.

          • ali

            ..and you dear Nomdy, having defended a bully mark yourself out as being just as bad….

          • bobbybigglins

            I would not say I’m on a particular side-left or right-but just looking at your comments Gail, I agree with JD. You really should consider thinking things through before you post irrational BS if you want to be seen to have any dignity at all. You are actually having a negative influence on your kindreds by posting such uneducated, discriminatory, yuppy crap.

          • Joshua Sumer

            Actually the same goes for me. Of all my friends and all the people I’ve spoken to regarding the election only 2 has said they voted for Abbott. I didn’t pick and choose either, the topic comes up a lot when you talk to random people on the street. A large majority of the population seems incredibly pissed off.

          • Joshua Sumer

            Have you heard of this very real and historically factual thing called election fraud?

          • Ranger Ginger

            He did not have the most votes in fact he only approx 45% of the vote and then got elected by 2nd prefs! So, no they don’t have a mandate for anything!

      • Cade

        Well better than the Murdoch Media and their propaganda!!

        • Ted Melbourne

          maybe you need to go to the crimea and help your mate Putin win his war against DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM!

          • ali

            Putin is in the pocket of the Russian Mafia – he;s about as communist as Andrew Bolt.

          • Joshua Sumer

            What on earth are you farting about? Putin has his own Murdoch Media and propaganda.

    • Steve Johnson

      Actually what are doing is exhibiting a form of triumphal hubris, as if you won the election yourself. And treating this like it’s your footy team winning a grand final. You didn’t do a thing. You sat on your chair and gloated.

      Oh, and just for the record, Labor were voted out. Not the other way around.

      • Burnie Hilst

        Steve, call it hubris, call it whatever you want. I am extremely happy that the Liberal National Coalition is back in government. This is not a football match. This is our future. The future that we are going to bestow on our children and grandchildren. Six years ago we were a country that had no debt, had a future fund, low unemployment and plans for improvements based on money that we did not have to borrow. Now we’re billions of dollars in debt, the interest on which we will not be able to make the improvements to our country that are required without sacrifices being made. If you think that a two paragraph statement gives you sufficient information on which to base your assumptions on me, you’re a better man than I am Gunga Din. You are wrong however and, I suspect that it’s not the first time. Perhaps I should remind you again. Tony Abbott is now Prime Minister. The Liberal National Coalition is now in government. I am happy. I voted. I kept the faith for 6 years. I made my opposition to the former government known to whoever would listen. They are in government because I and many others did something. We voted for them.

        • Steve Johnson

          Thanks for not being a troll.

          With great respect, you have ignored that the entire developed world hit a massive financial crisis in
          2008, a year into Rudd’s government, and this challenge had an effect on all OECD countries (western countries for the most part).

          You seem to think the world stayed the same in the post-Howard years, and Australia is somehow insulated from the shocks, and there should be no price to pay. Are
          you seriously suggesting that? The LNP never dealt with this. When we were doing financially well as a country (because the world was doing well) John Howard and Peter Costello paid the largesse back to the middle class via welfare payments (of which my family was a grateful recipient, having three kids in that period).

          They did it to win another election. The Liberal Party have never managed a serious financial crisis. When the going gets tough, history tells us that Labor tends to be the ones to deal with it. Look at the Depression and WW2 – Menzies could not have distanced himself from that faster! But like Peter Costello, he made sure he he exploited the growing economic world in the post-War years politically. Don’t get me wrong, he was a good PM. But he didn’t face what Curtin or Chifley faced, globally. When global markets
          sneeze, Australia gets a runny nose.

          Go ahead, name me a period when a Coalition government had to deal with really tough economic times, like a Recession, a GFC, or a Depression? You can’t, because it has not happened.

          I loved John Howard for the introducing the GST, which was needed and a brave thing to take to an election at that time, and gun reform was strongly needed. I respect him greatly as a man who did the right thing as he saw it. But he was not progressive, and he did not have a greater vision for the country. He built no infrastructure at all (roads,
          ports, rail, IT, he has no legacy in that space whatsoever) and he bribed the middle class with massive handouts, all of which have now been stopped (and not re-started by Tony Abbott – what does that tell you?)

          But enough of that – your comments come from a coccoon … like you have been living in a sleeping bag for the last 20 years and ignoring (or missed) that the world is struggling
          economically. The whole world. Every country like us is doing a lot worse than us – can you honestly say that the last government has ‘cost us billions of dollars’ in that context and ignore that huge piece of reality? You just blunder on and pretend that Australia is unconnected to the world that makes us rich? Answer that. Please.

          So I am glad you are happy with what is a 2 week old government led by a guy who has disbanded the Climate
          Commission, pissed off the Indonesians with an unworkable “turn back the boats policy’, and who is now announcing massive tertiary education ‘reforms’ that were not announced before the eledction. How very honest of your man.

          But you should know as a fact that our last government brought in the National Disability Scheme (would you reverse that I wonder? Because your ‘team’ did not think of it, or the people who needed to benefit, or you don’t benefit personally?), the NBN (which Malcolm Turnbull looks like keeping in place, with modifications) and by all global reckoning had managed Australia through a massive economic challenge and avoided recession. (Not my opinion – the opinion of Joseph Steiglitz, a Nobel
          prize winning economist, among many others). I am sure you read this and think I am making it all up.

          Suit yourself, have a sniff, but do not lie to yourself. Do some serious research, stop reading the papers, stop listening to Alan Jones. Relevant, accurate information is
          available to you if you really care enough.

          If all you believe is that this LNP government is the answer to what you perceive is a terrible mess (and as you don’t say what specific issue is messy, of course, but just make a
          generalised rant to make yourself feel like you have some power and knowledge) then you are plain, old-fashioned, dishonest ad plain old fashioned, lazy. I don’t think you’re dumb, though.

          No government is the answer. Ever. Labor were great legislators, but could not sell their vision because they were riven with self-absorption and self-importance. I hated that
          period, and people like Kevin Rudd oughta be pilloried – rotten fruit, dirty nappies, and water balloons full of dog piss would work for me.

          Plase please please be sceptical of everything, challenge your automatic default thinking, never fall in love with a personality politician, the US style guy who has all the
          answers, because believing one person has the answers is a weakness of the lazy citizen – and intellectual laziness is something to be despised.

        • Cade

          ” The future that we are going to bestow on our children and grandchildren. ”

          Whilst all the while supporting a political party which denies climate change exists (the biggest threat to your grandchildren).

          • Burnie van Hilst

            If the climate changes, it won’t be because of us and there’ll be nothing we can do about it. The climate has been changing ever since the earth came into existence. The biggest threat to our grandchildren will be to allow them to grow up in a climate of ignorance and apathy. By not educating them properly and by infusing their education with political suggestions. During every major geological or climactic shift in the earth’s long history, the life on the planet has managed to adapt and overcome to continue to survive. Man is a resourceful and sometimes intelligent being. He cannot fly like a bird but he can now travel through the sky. He cannot swim like a fish but can now spend long periods of time under water. You are doing my grandson a great disservice by suggesting that he will not be able to survive a climate change. I suggest that whatever the climate does, not only will he survive it, he will also adapt to it and if properly educated, will thrive in it.

    • Joshua Sumer

      I’m laughing at you people that still have faith in a two-party system. Every independent voter is starting to realise that sometimes you have to settle for the lesser of two evils.

  • Al

    Your false shock and dismay is just pathetic. Get back into your right wing kennel.

    • QED…irony of your comment totally lost on you no doubt…

  • matthew Doddrell

    Thank you so much for citing my tweet! As I saw the Abbott daughters being paraded around on the political stage to much (undeserved) applause, I considered it contextually appropriate to express my dismay at their depressing performances by ‘urging’ others to throw old fruit at them. As their father (Tony Abbott) saw fit to use their bodies to gain political satisfaction, with their consent, they seemed like nothing more than prostitutes, in a political sense. I harbor no personal hatred towards Louise, Bridget and Frances Abbott, but in a free society, see no reason why I should refrain from commenting in a shocking manner about political activity which shocks me. – @mffyrg

    • Bernadette

      I understand completely !!! you cannot “perform” without critique,and perform they did!!

      • Gail Campbell

        Did you do that when Gillard trotted Timmy out?

        • Bernadette

          Tim is her partner,no different to Margie or Janette or Hazel,none of whom were trotted out for the precise action of being “good looking”

          • Gail Campbell

            Wow, you pay a woman a compliment & it is an invitation to rape. What neanderthals the lefties are.

          • JD

            And another one from Gail – in good form – just like you were trolling on the Labor Facebook page. Constant insults, but nothing of substance in the debate. Come back at me now Gail….lol

          • Bernadette

            what, how do you add 2 and 2 and come up with 7,Gail?

          • matthew Doddrell

            I imagine that it would have been the primitive ancestors of conservatives that primarily attacked and wiped out the Neanderthal species out of some paranoid fear of the wilderness being “too crowded”…

        • matthew Doddrell

          Did she invite voters to elect her because she had an (insert adjective) partner?

    • chucky

      Sexism and misogyny, thy name is Matthew Doddrell. What a sick, creepy excuse for a human being you are.

      • matthew Doddrell

        Criticising women does not constitute misogyny, nor does calling them “whores” if they are using their bodies in a transaction. Back up your misapplied descriptions and insults or have them invalidated as the unconsidered clap-trap they appear to be.

        • chucky

          Just because YOU evidently think that young women can’t be intelligent, personable, successful AND attractive, does NOT mean it’s true.

          YOU saw girls being pimped out simply for “their bodies”, while more rational, intelligent people saw an entire family being appreciated for their MANY positive attributes.

          YOU see these intelligent, personable, successful young women simply as “whores” because that’s what creepy, sexist, misogynist creeps do.

          YOU need psychological help.

        • chucky

          Just because YOU evidently think that young women can’t be intelligent, personable, successful AND attractive, does NOT mean it’s true.

          YOU saw girls being pimped out simply for “their bodies”, while more rational, intelligent people saw an entire family being appreciated for their MANY positive attributes.

          YOU see these intelligent, personable, successful young women simply as “whores” because that’s what sleazy, sexist, misogynist creeps do.

          YOU need psychological help.

  • Gail Campbell

    Thank you for writing this. The abuse from the bogans has been unbelievable. It seems they only believe in democracy when labor wins. Someone needs to do a piece on the presence of getup thugs at polling booths & the destruction of many liberal booths the night before the election. This is the kind of intimidation we see in corrupt African countries & there is no place for it here.

    • Bernadette

      ridiculous, the worst has been from the libs on social media thats for sure , posting a factual link to information on one of their pages esp tony abbotts is enough to get you banned from posting

      • Gail Campbell

        Why did the labor ministers close their pages for comment in the last couple of days of the election campaign? That’s when they started attacking their opponents with lies & smear but wouldn’t allow any comment. They are union thug bullies.

        • JD

          The Labor Facebook page was never closed off Gail – you know that because you posted continually. Am curious to know if you are on the Liberal payroll or you don’t have a job as you posted a barrage of insults day and night. You were very busy. And still you have to keep going with it. Which Labor Ministers closed their pages Gail as I could still post to them. Maybe you stepped over the line and was banned, which is what should have happened to you and many others on the Labor page. Generalising by saying they are union thug bullies is like saying Liberals are selfish, self centred rich people…lol.

    • David

      Most “bogans” are saints compared to these evil minded, left wing deluded elitists. Their true, hateful heart has been exposed so many times throughout modern communist/socialist history. 20 million dead Russians killed by their own countrymen, come to mind. It is the same underlying hateful Spirit which drives them all. May the Good Lord correct them.

      • Emily White

        May the good lord read your post and say out loud “Thou Hypocrite”.

      • Joshua Sumer

        Yet 0.00 million dead Australians killed by their own countrymen… great point David, grreeat point

    • Simon Q

      Can you imagine what they would have said about Hitler on Facebook- I think any abuse towards Abbott is completely justified and is a must do for any sane normal person.

    • Cade

      So Gail says: “Thank you for writing this. The abuse from the bogans has been unbelievable. ”

      Gail do you realise calling people “bogan” might constitute as abuse? It’s certainly meant to be an insult. You then refer to get up as “thugs”. Perhaps you need to read your messages before posting them to see if perhaps you’re particpating in the exact same behaviour you’re complaining about?

      I find THIS to be a big issue with Liberal supporters. As a Labor
      supporter I’ve been called a drug addict and an unemployed bum and dole bludger on MANY occasions (and this is on Mr Abbott’s actual official Facebook page!) . I am neither unemployed, nor a drug addict. And I don’t receive government handouts of ANY kind. I find Liberal supporters to be the worst of anyone when it comes to spite and nastiness.

      • Ted Melbourne

        as a disabled pensioner the commie left wing considers me 1 of theirs! wrong! as a PERSON ON FACEBOOK i is in a monority as facebook is full of commie left wing retards! they have this belief that they have all mighty power to say what ever the fuck they want and nobody else is allowed to either reply or CONtriDICK as the left wing of LAY BORE IS ALWAYS RIGHT!

        • Jared Blake

          As a disabled pensioner, I’m sure you should appreciate that what ever benefits and support you may receive are the result of ‘left wing retards’ acting in support of your community.

          • Ted Melbourne

            my pension was granted during the coalition government led by John Howard!

          • ali

            Research which Govt. first instituted pensions – NOT when you got yours – that’s very egocentric of you….

          • Ted Melbourne

            oh shite that means i must remain forever grateful to labor for that ! even though it was that mongrel pair of chalk and cheating who fucked my compo investment with their bullshit j-curve bullshit economics which is why i now have to rely on the labor provided pension instead of being self funding!

          • ali

            You mean your superannuation scheme didn’t perform well – that’s sad – perhaps you should take some personal responsibility for your super fund’s bad performance as you clearly don’t want to blame private enterprise?

          • Ted Melbourne

            was not super was a compo payment!

          • Guest

            So John Howard is a left-wing commie? I don’t think you understand anything you are saying.

          • Ranger Ginger

            Yeah but it was the left that introduced it!

        • $a

          Labour has made greater changes in this country. They have given us self-reliance, engaged with Asia first, and overall come up with better foreign and domestic policies. Liberals are Neo nazis fascists aka Howard, whose father was a Sydney New Gaurd Fasist! Go back and look at history, Labour>Liberals in every area.

    • Jared Blake

      Gail: There are so many problematic things with what you’ve just said. I want you to record yourself actually saying the above paragraph and play it back to yourself. Then, if you’re convinced that you don’t sound like a complete moron, I welcome you to re-iterate your points. Especially the one about how the Left don’t believe in democracy – that’s gold! Had me in stitches for hours.

    • Joshua Sumer

      So what you are saying is that over half of this country is bogan? I think you are mistaken. If you knew what apartheid means you wouldn’t be comparing labor to African countries…

    • Katie08

      HAHAHA, how’s the gormless, knuckle dragging and thoroughly DESPISED Abbott workin’ for ya now, Campbell??? HAHAHAHA! What a joke … he’ll be crawling out of the meeting room on Tuesday with 20 knives in his back! What a pack of hypocrites … screaming about the Labor spill when they are even WORSE! Watching the demise of the most internationally despised PM in the western world is pure entertainment! Hope the callously cruel, self entitled, misogynistic BOGAN and his corrupt family go down HARD!

  • AJ

    Oh, the right wingers do worse, well then it is totally acceptable and they deserve it. /sarcasm. Stooping to the level of others doesn’t make it right, nor does it improve the situation and undermines any legitimacy to claiming a moral high ground on issues like sexism. Either we dont accept such behaviour regardless of who is doing it to who or we become one of the Bigots and we have become the very thing we supposedly abhor.

  • Tony Black

    Have you ever noticed that most of these socialists loony lefties that are full of hate because we got rid of the worst government in Australia`s history, are female?

  • Burnie Hilst

    All this bleating over the Liberals winning the election. The Libs were mean and nasty. Boo Hoo, Murdoch supported the Libs. Boo Hoo. The Libs got fewer votes than Labor. Boo Hoo. You can break it down and spin it any way you like guys. Tony Abbott and the Liberal National Coalition won the election. The AEC confirms it. That makes it fair and square. Now why don’t you just shut up and, as John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” When was the last time you thanked a soldier, a policeman, a fireman or an ambo for the job they were doing for this country. When was the last time you thanked a Bush Fire Brigade volunteer for the service he or she was providing. When even, did you thank a lifesaver for the job he or she was doing while you were enjoying a day at the beach. Spare me the noise people. There’s work to be done getting this country back on its feet.

    • Steve Johnson

      uhmm … John F Kennedy was a progressive Democrat. He would have despised this sort of conservative alarmist tripe. Clearly you need to do a lot more reading. Jeez, are we that poorly educated in this country? Who are you, Clive Palmer?

  • Hague’s Catamite

    Seriously! Does anybody really care what the utterly brain-dead leftist kids of brainwashed and discredited beatnik parents have to say about anything on this planet? I say send them for a vacation to Utøya where they should get plenty of ‘sprinting’ exercise as well as being able to pour out drivel on Fæcesbook.

    • Mike

      How does this work, my parents are right-wing, my brother and I are more to the left? Myth-busted.

  • Winston Smith

    In the interests of fairness, please visit “Women For Abbott” facebook page and consider the sledging there “Albasleazy”, “Adam Bandit”. That page has been doing it for months.

  • Fergus Pickering

    The left everywhere imagine they are the natural party of government. When they are not elected they get very cross indeed. The electorate have been wrong headed, duped, tricked into voting the wrong way. So lefties get nasty. They always do it..

    • Correct, this page proves much of what the article is about and acts as an example of what you say. Unfortunately history proves that when the Left is in power it will do anything to keep it; if they manage to get more power the people react and so the people have to be taught what’s good for them. Usually many end up dead.

      • ali

        Please do share your evidence for this statement – are you referring to King Leopold or Adolph Hitler?

    • Mikko L.

      Hear, hear!

  • Arden Forester

    The Left thinks all women should distance themselves from men until the men come to them on bended knees, accepting their terms and conditions. They can’t stand women like Tony Abbot’s wife and daughters who won’t do that.

    • Mike

      Totally, i should distance my loving partner who has never had support from the government. She was subject to an apprenticeship that was lead by a dictator – Instead of cutting hair the females had to clean the nearby street of bottles, weed the gutters, lift heavy tables, get insulted and mocked daily, have their dreams crushed (if it wasn’t anything to do with hairdressing). Under-paying staff (no over-time pay), then the obvious facade when you walked into his salon, like he was the nicest human on the planet.

      I bet you all think my partner deserved that kind of treatment? As a result of the apprenticeship she now has a permanently injured back disc – no compensation at all from the government. She’s a hard worker – puts in the hard yards everyday to do what she loves and It sickens me to see no support for hard-working Australians’!

      I agree that if every Australian got soft hand-outs we would be in a Financial Meltdown. This is not a soft hand out. She is only 22, with a permanent work-related back injury!

    • Digusted

      This is irony right? That’s exactly how Liberals view women: Doing ironing while getting pegged from behind

  • Jebediah

    The left are hypocrites this is always the case. Apparently if you have right wing views it allows left wingers to drop their opposition to racism, sexism, and ageism.

  • andagain

    Mark you, the Right is not without its reservoirs of bile either. There’s a lot of it going around. I’ve noticed that no one ever condemn’s their own sides incivility. Only that of the other lot.

    • tastemylogos

      the Right doesnt seek to monopolise ‘victimhood’. nor does it seek to make political capital out of it, nor does it use hypocricy to ‘pretend’ it isnt happening, and only one side of the political spectrum is guilty of it.

      the bbc made nothing over the ‘witch is dead’ comments spouted by the Left at thatcher

      the bbc used the fact that gillard had been called a ‘witch’ as an ‘example’ of the misogynism emanating from the ‘Right’ (in a piece on newsnight). funny that ‘init’?

      if you didnt deduce this from the article, you are truly blinkered and really should have a good think. really.

  • Radford_NG

    In Britain threats of rape and murder were often being made against the wife and daughters of Tommy Robinson (of the EDL) on Twitter.The Bedfordshire Police responded by warning Tommy he would be arrested (again) if he re-twitted them (under the public order act).A couple of weeks ago Tommy worked out who had been sending them and drove around to the man’s house to confront him.The twitters have now stopped.(Tommy is next in court in Oct.charged with obstructing the Met. police;although he is under the belief they obstructed him from walking the streets of Cockney London [Tower Hamlets].This is not the same as the EDL parade more recently when 280 members of the UAF/SWP/were arrested.)

  • cyllan

    what can you expect from left hate loonies???? like some of our own posters

  • steven hurley

    if there was one thing that i loved about the campaign, it was this moment. the symbolism was unmistakable – if this man has 4 strong, erudite, confident women in his corner then he can’t be the misogynist everyone believes he is. now you can speculate that this was stage managed to massage his public image, and many would agree. you could indignantly, with much credence, state his daughters are too happy and healthy and beautiful to be used as an unfair advantage. and you’d be right, to an extant. which returns me to why this is the moment of the campaign for me. all that cynicism and suspicion is dispelled with this one image. this is a family that loves each other. these girls love their father. if you can’t see that, your ideology needs a new prescription.

    • Steve Johnson

      Steve, I think you are 70% right. But Tony’s comments later (“my daughters will live at home til they are married”) and the fact that they are all dressed in virginal white … the symbolism kind of undoes your argument a bit.

      All power though mate – well argued.

  • Eddie

    Oh didn’t you know? Only women can be victims on Twitter and Facebook.
    Look at who has been arrested and charged in the UK with so-called ‘harassment’ (for sending more than 1 email to an ex-girlfriend – which she deliberately doesn’t reply to, in order to encourage more activity – then phones the police with her butter-wouldn’t-melt pity party sob story of ‘harassment’. (I know 3 decent men who have been arrested by the police – meatheaded plods who know the easy meat of an arrest to improve their stats when they see it).
    I am sick and tired of these women – and it is almost always women – being so manipulative and devious, playing the victim, infantalising themselves (in what is actually a very sexist and misogynist way – because it implies women are not as strong as men and need protecting).
    Just block the Twitter user that offends you and block the emailer that offends you – if you don’t do that, then you should have no right to make any complaint to anyone, incl the police.
    I think a lot of women like being victims and manipulate situations where they can play that role into being.

  • Steve Johnson

    Are you people serious? Is this some sort of ‘get square’? Where was all the teeth gnashing about standards when Tony Abbott stood in front of Ditch the Witch signs and the samecrap was being flung at Julia Gillard? Not one screeching voice in defence of PM then. Her boyfriend must have been gay. She was barren and evil. This sort of shrieking hypocrisy is nauseating.

    • chucky

      Yeah, nice work, genius. Did you actually READ the article? At all??? There’s plenty of sanctimonious “teeth gnashing” from the loony left when one of yours is criticised even in the slightest – because you lot just love the pretence of indignantly occupying the moral high ground. Though the truth of the matter is that hypocrisy reigns supreme within the ranks of the left – because even though your lot self-righteously condemn personal attacks on moral grounds when they comes from the right, there appears to be no depth to which the left will not sink in viciously crucifying those which which you disagree. THAT is the point here.

      • Steve Johnson

        That whoosh sound you heard is the sound of the point going over your head.

        “Your lot”? I’m a dead set swinging voter. I did not vote ALP in the election. Got it? You are a symptom that this country has no poltical soul: abusive, polemical, and with no motive to view all sides. As if Australians all fall into two dumbed-down simple camps, like a footy game. Dumbed down so you can choose a side and go to war. It’s very puerile and embarrassing.

        I have not met a single Liberal voter (and I live in the heatland here in the North Shore) who likes Tony Abbott as an individual or a leader. They like that the ALP is gone, but they are concerned with Abbott’s moral compass and his dated perspective. He is easily the least popular Opposition Leader to have won the election (and proving that the ALP ‘lost’ the election).

        So a lot of the bleating on this page is the epitome of hypocricy – any chance to put the boot into a perceived enemy and feel like you ‘belong’.

        Read Gail Campbell below – is she being paid for this garbage?

        And that goes for both sides, including the .

        • chucky

          *sigh*

          Once again, genius, did you actually READ the article? At all???

          The ACTUAL point being made (not the one you’ve ignorantly concocted) is that the left are a bunch of unprincipled hypocrites. Do you see Tony Abbott whingeing about being the target of misandry and pathetically playing the victim in order to underhandedly gain political mileage, or do you see him simply getting on with the job at hand?

          Nobody’s claiming that LNP supporters don’t also go on the attack (though we won’t sink to anywhere near the depths the left are willing to go) – but unlike the left, when we do it, we’re perfectly willing to own it. The difference is that it’s very much the left who (falsely) view themselves as “moral guardians” (you’d have seen those words before if you’d actually bothered to read even the title of the article) and vociferously proclaim their conceited sanctimony to anyone stupid enough to listen. They are the ones who take the ‘holier-than-though’ approach to situations when they’re on the receiving end, because they’re so deluded, they sincerely believe they can have it both ways. THAT is real “hypocrisy” – look it up.

          Understand now, or would you like someone to explain it to you s l o w l y?

          • Jared Blake

            Sorry, I’ll have to correct you there when you said: “though we won’t sink to anywhere near the depths the left are willing to go [sic]”. The Daily Telegraph – on numerous occasions – attempted to smear the reputation of Labor with various campaigns explicitly attacking their leadership capacity. Further, there are multiple examples of libellous, seditious and offensive material published (in print – by our supposed ‘unbiased’ media!) that unwaveringly attack figures of the Left. Don’t you dare – as one of the proponents of right-wing tripe who’s being apparently offended by leftist speech – start calling the victim card.

          • Nomdy Ploom

            I get the distinct impression this Jared Blake idiot is certifiably illiterate.

          • chucky

            *sigh*

            The ignorant delusion of the left is only exceeded by their hypocrisy.

          • chucky

            *sigh*

            The hypocrisy of the left is only exceeded by their ignorant delusion.

  • Really?

    ‘Because you think Tony Abbott and his parties policies on Climate Change, the economy, health, education, disability care, asylum seekers, indigenous affairs, marriage equality or Tony Abbott’s own personal attitudes towards women, asylum seekers and science are backwards, horrific, unethical, and inhumane it LOGICALLY FOLLOWS that you must want to create a facebook page about raping his daughters’.

    Yes is this makes complete and perfect sense.

  • Mike

    How interesting. Good on you for writing a totally narrow-minded, one-sided perspective on Australian Politics. Please allow me respond in the same manner!

    I lean more towards the left (not completely). But I have never had an inclination to say or do any of the vile and inhumane activities listed above. I suspect that a lot of those pages are attention-seeking trash pages.
    The country’s leader is the only person capable of fear tactics.

    In saying that, I’m embarrassed that the person Australia chose to represent itself on a world’s stage holds unbearable connotations. World: I assure you, we aren’t all Sexist, Greedy, Racist, Bigots with a sole purpose to give ourselves pay-rises; while completely and utterly destroying the country’s industries.

    • Mike

      The left aren’t creating a facade towards Abbott. He generally fails to show any need for equality. Maybe the Indigenous Australian’s should have had a boat’s policy! Our ancestors were convicts, not innocent humans fleeing their country for fear of their own safety.

  • Luke

    How about all of you just shut up and get over it. Tony Abbott is going to wreck this country. Parliament overseas is laughing at Australia.

  • Simon Q

    Gail You are a goose.

  • Simon Q

    The only place fitting for the coalition to be employed, is as extras in a haunted house ride at the Ekka. You would not hire any of them for a position anywhere. Sad days indeed, so long progressive, forward thinking , policy .Hello old world thinking just when we need to be going the other way, another road block to improvement. I look forward to some real mirth watching Australia’s George W Bush in action. HA

  • shayneo

    ahahahaha oh the irony. The right complaining about being demonized. Seriously, pot, kettle, black.

    • chucky

      Duh. The actual issue here is actually the left’s double standards. Duh.

      • Jared Blake

        Wrong.

        • Nomdy Ploom

          Actually, he’s 100% correct. Illiterate much?

  • martinbarrdavid

    Tony Abbott is a modern day Nazi, so why souldn’t face the fate, he wants to invade Australia’s neighbours so he relocate refugees and destroy low lying Pacific neighbours because his regime wants undo efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions produce by Australians.

    So, shouldn’t the Abbott regime pay the price for these crimes by the international community?

    • chucky

      I’m curious, do you actually believe that ignorant drivel you write, or are you employed by GetUp! or some other duplicitous propaganda machine?

      • Jared Blake

        I’m curious: do you actually believe the drivel you purport to believe, or are you paraphrasing from other duplicitous propaganda machines, like – oh, I don’t know – Murdoch media?

  • couchtripper

    He’s an utterly insular right-wing fleshbag masquerading as a human. He deserves everything he gets. Not that it will ever affect him – he’d need to become human first.

  • Kazz

    The cost of living in a free society is that everyone gets to air their view, even if it is distasteful. If the opposite applied we would be living under Nazis.

    • Katie08

      Problem is, Kazz, we ARE currently living under a form of fascism. There are many similarities between the morally bankrupt Abbott regime and Hitler’s fascists: Abbott and Morrison’s loathsome LIES and vilification of asylum seekers and ANYONE who justifiably opposes their internationally condemned policies and their elitist neoliberal views; their inhumane, callously cruel offshore concentration camps that seek to oppress, torture and marginalise desperate people; the relentless lying, misleading and thoroughly biased PROPOGANDA machine of Murdoch’s filthy rags draw direct parallels with Joseph Goebbles; The staggering megalomania and Machiavellian narcissism and self entitlement of just about every sitting member of the current LNP none of whom have one iota of compassion, no soul, no heart, no remorse; The reprehensible, ongoing corruption and depravity of a soulless government that has completely lost its way; The overwhelming arrogant delusion that they are “born to rule” and their blatant, sneering condescension for democracy, free speech and egalitarianism; Their unconcealed loathing, constant derision and attacks on ordinary Australians – cowardly heaping scorn and blame on the poorest, most vulnerable people in our society; Their pious and bible bashing judgements which are steeped in sanctimonious hypocrisy and unable to hide their self seeking rapacity and unrelenting depravity. Sadly, the toxic vermin of the LNP have SO much in common with Hitler’s fascists, it is terrifying to think that we have another 3 years to go where these reckless degenerates have more time to destroy everything we hold dear … our precious irreplaceable environment, our world leading health and education systems, the future education and employment prospects of our youth and the pride we once had in being a progressive country! Now we are stuck under the myopic, regressive mismanagement of an insignificant, contemptible little bogan who will drag this country back to the dreadful xenophobic, racist ideologies of the loathsome Menzies era!

  • iggle_piggle

    Mr Abbott’s position on gay weddings has bought lots of hate but it is the same position that Miss Gillard had but no one could say a bad word against her, cause she was a woman. You would not see this article in Australia.

    • Bushy

      That’s simple and only someone with sexist views would think any different, Gillard allowed a “conscience vote” Abbott wouldn’t!!!! End of story.

    • Jared Blake

      Gillard’s stance against equal marriage was not perpetuated by the offensive view-point that equal marriage should not be tolerated because it doesn’t abide by Christian values.

  • Bushy

    How about the relentless vilification of Pauline Hanson?

    I don’t think you can blame the left for the vilification of Pauline Hanson, history shows that John Howard stole all her policies then Tony Abbott set up a slush fund to destroy her.

  • Eliza

    The abuse facing the Gillard government was absolutely disgusting and the personal attacks were unwarranted, made me ashamed of Australian culture. This article is completely hypocritical, at the election campaign Abbott even spoke in front of many liberals holding signs saying “Death to Julia” and “Burn the Witch.” Abbott has said sexist, racist and homophobic remarks numerous occasions – instilling and supporting these values which reduce equality and worth of a large percentage of the Australian public. He got in through biased control of the media, and he has not proved himself to be a good leader or improved his image since being in control. Even the fact that he is blatantly dodging the media reinforces the fact that he is should not, and is not capable, of being a proper Australian leader. It’s pretty justified that he’s copping a lot of abuse.

  • etwolf369 .

    I am very much left wing. Yes we have a “Liberal” government, perhaps if the Liberal party had different leadership there would not be so much of an outcry from those of us who did not vote Liberal. I myself am mortified at the prospect of having our country represented on the world stage by Mr. Abbott, I was also not at all pleased with the representation we received from Ms Gillard (both Mr. Abbot and Ms Gillard IMHO are unfit to hold the position of PM). It is not the party that he belongs to but the man himself that has been taken issue with. I have always been a staunch Labor supporter, I am working class from a working class background (not a Bogan, drug addict, dole bludger, criminal, redneck etc..Insert negative stereotype here). That being said if the Liberal party was to find a decent leader, worthy of office and offer policies that I agree with my vote could in fact be swayed. To the Liberal party, please find a more competent leader before Mr.. Abbotts’ mouth lands us all in hot water and destroys Australias’ credibility. Maybe the “Moral Guardians” aren’t outraged because the “Moral Guardians” agree. Lets forget “Liberal vs. Labor” and concentrate on what’s in the best interest of our nation. Liberal OK but please no Mr. Abbott.

    • Katie08

      Liberal is NEVER OK, etwolf369. Please give me one single example of when the LNP was EVER OK?

  • Horizon585 .

    Maybe because everyone hates Tony Abbott?

    • Katie08

      Bingo, Horizon585! The Tony Abbott fan club are meeting in a telephone box somewhere in Bogansville …..

  • JEM

    We are now in Jan 2014- the “abuse” is worse and getting more so each day he is PM,

  • Jared Blake

    There is distinct myopic view with which this article has been written. The alleged ‘sanctimonious’ bereavement of the ‘Left’ is apparently characterised by a rapid-fire of abuse and character assassinations against those who speak out against it. Aside from the fact that this is a highly uninformed view, backed-up by nothing but opinion, and does nothing but support the proposition that the ‘Right’ are in a seat of privilege, it also demonstrates one thing: the Left are correct in speaking out against the Right as their actions are indicative of a entitled and supposedly unaccountable collective. The blame game is happening, and it’s happening all around the political sphere here since the Liberal party took the majority seat here in Australia, but there is a lack of conviction and transparency within the Right who proclaim themselves to be right. The coat-tails of mistrust are being ridden by a party with a hidden agenda who are using this ridiculous notion of ‘detrimental leftism’ to sway popular opinion. I will argue that it’s breaching fascist waters to single out the ‘Left’ as a bemoaning group of radicals who think nought about others and only about themselves. Please, before slathering this rubbish of an article, inform yourself.

    • Katie08

      Oh, for God’s sake, Jared Blake .. can you be more dumbed down? When are you crawling LNP sycophants EVER going to learn that the despicable Abbott regime FRAUDULENTLY crawled across the electoral line on a platform of hateful character assassinations, reprehensible bald faced LIES that haven’t stopped since they were elected (a day that is seriously RUED by the overwhelming majority of intelligent, compassionate Australians) and a litany of broken promises so heinous it is without peer in Australian history! How BAD does this reprehensible, lying, hypocritical pack of psychopaths have to get before you minions WAKE UP and smell the roses? Stupid is, as stupid does …..

    • Gerr Gerring

      The Liberal party didn’t take the majority of seats at all. Get your facts straight. They rule through a Coalition of other minor parties; unless you’re saying those minor parties are just fronts for the Liberals to mislead voters?

  • $a

    If an Australian prime minister back tracks on promises then they should be removed from office, simple. If you can impeach an American president for a head job, you should be able remove leaders who lie to the public or make promises with no intension of keeping them. Every leader lies to get voted in, they are taking advantage of the ignorance. Laws need to be changed! A PM must not back track on promises in the first 3 years, they can do what they want in the last year, and if then their actions will be fresh in the voters mind next election! Abbott, Hockey and Bishop have proven to be untrustworthy, are only interested in the economy, will destroy our relationship with Indonesia over sovereign boarders (allows navy to encroach on their waters), and they will back the US in a war against China, our number one trading partner? These cronies need to be removed/terminated. They will never listen to the public, so we need our JFK to make them listen.

    • Katie08

      Well said, Sa .. although, I seriously doubt that the totally inept, Machiavellian narcissist Hockey has even the most BASIC aptitude to produce an effective budget. The LNP have run this country into a MASSIVE DEBT since they crawled across the line. They are throwing money away on war planes (that don’t work) and expending MILLIONS on the hire of airforce planes to take these self-entitled Pigs at the Trough around Australia and overseas! Hockey’s sanctimonious, disgusting comment about self-entitlement was directed at ordinary Australians but, as usual, the LNP are steeped in pious, phony hypocrisy and staggering corruption that is without peer in Australian political history. They are absolutely the WORST political cabinet we have EVER had and the hatred and scorn they have heaped upon them within Australia and around the world, is well deserved!

  • Bris Ben

    Why do people hating on Abbott get branded leftists?
    It’s like someone saying they don’t like Pepsi and being called a coca-cola-ist

    • Katie08

      Stand up and be proud to be LEFT, Bris Ben … I am! It is the LEFTISTS of this world who are the movers and shakers, the LEFTISTS who have the compassion, the LEFTISTS who fight on the side of what is morally right, the LEFTISTS who seek equality, democracy and egalitarianism. If it wasn’t for the LEFTISTS and SOCIALISTS of this world, these knuckle dragging, moronic Neanderthals that form the shameless, callously cruel neoliberal ultra right side of the lunatic fringe wouldn’t have all the working conditions that they selfishly enjoy but conveniently FORGET just WHO fought (on their behalf) to attain them: superannuation, four weeks annual leave, equal pay for women, long service leave, OH&S in the workplace, sick leave, 40 hour working week, training and development in the workplace! Am I a socialist … YOU BET I AM AND I AM BLOODY PROUD OF IT!!!!

      Next time someone calls you a LEFTIST … say “THANK YOU!”” … the WORST insult you can pay someone is to be linked to the disreputable, internationally despised and reviled, neoliberal fascists that form Abbott’s LNP and the ever-reducing hysterical, irrational, totally manipulated and misinformed LNP minions who are DUMBED DOWN to the point of complete idiocy!

      • Joshua Sumer

        I’m independent. I don’t need anyone thinking for me.

  • bob

    Abbott was sent by Lucifer to screw the disabled, the poor, the aged pensioners, the unemployed, students and the sick.

    What a turd.

  • Katie08

    What a load of BULLSHIT! The neoliberal, disgusting rabid psychopaths of the LNP crawled across the electoral line on a FRAUDULENT and absolutely DISGRACEFUL platform of ruthless character assassinations and deceptive, malignant LIES. Abbott and the misanthropic mongrels that form the disreputable cabinet of the despised LNP, couldn’t tell the truth if they had a gun to their head! They haven’t CREATED one single thing since they FRAUDULENTLY deceived the gullible, Murdoch manipulated idiots that voted for them at the last election (sad, twisted idiots that they are). Abbott’s LNP only know how to defund, destroy, annihilate and undermine! They are on a relentless campaign to introduce the neoliberal, fascist agenda of Murdoch’s IPA and turn Australia into a heartless, USA-styled Oligarchy … anybody who cannot see this is either totally DUMBED DOWN and fed on a daily diet of biased, perverted LIES in the Daily Smellograph OR are so self-entitled and corrupt they couldn’t give a rat’s arse about anyone who is more vulnerable. British born Abbott is about as un-Australian as you can get! He is nothing more than a gormless, crawling, obsequious puppet to British imperialism, elitism with a sneering condescension for ordinary Australians and scorn for our egalitarian way of life!
    Stand back and have a GOOD, LONG LOOK at the reprehensible misanthropic sociopaths that form the internationally condemned and reviled cabinet of the LNP! It isn’t humanly possible to gather together a more revolting pack of oxygen thieves .. none of them, not ONE person in the LNP (at Federal or State level), has a SINGLE redeeming feature. The only people who are just as bad, are the knuckle dragging morons that vote for them and, despite ALL the LNP LIES, their ongoing destruction to our environment, their colossal sneering condescension for ordinary Australians, their total destruction of our economy, their EPIC FAILURE of a budget that penny pinches from the most vulnerable people in our society to compensate billionaires, are STILL prepared to stand on the sidelines and cheer the WORST most revolting Crime Sinister in our history! STUPID IS, AS STUPID DOES!
    Mind you, Abbott is about as popular as a rectal enema at the moment and when the day comes that his arse is kicked at the next election, will be the most joyously celebrated in our history!

  • David Crookes

    The Spectator seems to be a place where right wing zealots can post their hate. And here I thought The Australian had a mortgage on that.

  • madethatway

    I can only think that the “moral guardians” are themselves in agreement with much of what’s being said about Abbott.

    Our nation is wounded, outraged and incensed with being fleeced, bullied, lied to, cheated and swindled, while having to witness Abbott’s blatant and unchecked human rights abuses of refugees as he shunts them (with their children) back to their own countries to be almost certainly slaughtered.

    What’s moral about ANYTHING Tony Abbott has done from the day he declared himself PM, to now – September 2014?

    If I understand human nature at all, then your beloved “moral guardians” are more than likely as ashamed, disgusted and repulsed by the madness of Abbott as the rest of us, and haven’t the heart nor the inclination to defend the indefensible.

  • freddiethegreat

    “depraved fantasies that seem to resonate in the souls of too many sickos on the Left.”
    Doesn’t ‘depraved fantasies’ summarize every lefty anyway?

  • Jack McClintock
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