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Tony Abbott

Obviously, I have awoken in a crazy, fucked up world in which Tony Abbott is now the leader of the opposition party:

Mr Abbott scraped through a narrow party room vote, beating Malcolm Turnbull by one vote, 42-41.

Joe Hockey was considered a favourite to win the ballot but in a surprise result was knocked out in the first round of votes, winning the support of only 23 of his colleagues to Tony Abbott's 35 and Malcolm Turnbull's 26.

The subsequent run-off saw the conservative Sydney politician pick up a razor-thin majority of the party room to become the 13th Federal Liberal Party leader since its establishment.


It appears that Abbott has scraped through as leader by being the head of men and women who don't believe in climate change, which I have to admit, must be a bitter pill for Malcolm Turnbull to swallow, given that all he was trying to do was put the party on the populist line on the issue. If you've never heard of Abbott--and a better life than mine you have had--then you might not know him as the very conservative Catholic who has a reputation for claiming that abortion is a national issue, cancer patients should wait, and being a general rat bag piece of shit, as we like to say.

Every other political leader in Australia must be having a party right now. Kevin Rudd can probably cut his election funding down to five bucks, a homeless guy outside Central trainstation, and a piece of cardboard that says, "I Plan to Steal From Your Children."

(crossposted)

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angriest
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Of course Fran Bailey was denied a proxy from hospital and wanted to vote for Turnbull, plus two pro-Turnbull MPs are getting imminent elections this weekend. So if they hold the same spill vote next week Turnbull would have won.

This is the point where we all pull up beanbags and make some popcorn.
benpeek
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
its certainly going to make for amusing times. heh. man, i didn't think anyone would actually vote in abbott...
angriest
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I have a pet theory that some MPs may have voted for Abbott because they know they're going to lose the next election and it's better to keep Hockey out of the limelight until he has a genuine chance of leading the party to victory. Putting him in the top spot now would have spoiled his chances in the future.
benpeek
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
its possible.

frankly, though, the made the choice to deny climate change, which mainstream australia is pretty much behind these days. i suspect the truth is the party needs to tear itself to pieces and rebuild entirely before it's useful.
chrisbarnes
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
According to the SMH, Abbott is on record as being not a climate change denier but an emissions trading sceptic. Which, if true, puts quite an interesting light on things. If he believes the ETS was not a viable solution for climate change - and it was a far from perfect plan - then I wonder what he'll propose in its place.

But yeah, I agree the Libs are probably going to have pull themselves to bits and reassemble into something new.
benpeek
Dec. 2nd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
well, the ETS seemed to favour big business and punish individuals, but that's how governments are. how it's looking in the media, however, is that the libs ditched their leader cause he just wanted to get them on the populist path. of course, i don't think any of that matters right now--what we have now is the Tony Abbott Show. i don't think i'll be able to turn away, and i don't even really like politics.
benpayne
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
>Kevin Rudd can probably cut his election funding down to five bucks, a homeless guy outside Central trainstation, and a piece of cardboard that says, "I Plan to Steal From Your Children."

Hahaha!
3lobed
Dec. 2nd, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hahaha indeed. Except that, as I've said elsewhere, for me this is all eerily reminiscent of the way a lot of people I knew carried on about John Howard when he retook the leadership. Those people then spent a lot of 1996 sitting around blinking and going "wha' happen?"

Abbott and his party have plenty of glaring problems, but I still maintain it's dangerous to take a crash and burn for granted.
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