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By The Red Arrow
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Abbott's great meritocracy...

Australia Day 'Knightmare' as Prince Philip gets PM's nod
'Giving a Knighthood to Prince Philip is like giving a Beyoncé CD to Jay-Z'
UPDATED 2:15 AM EST Jan 26, 2015
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By The Red Arrow
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It's over. It's now impossible to satirise Tony Abbott
After the Medicare backflips, knightings and comments about working weekends, the prime minister is now an Official Australian Embarrassment

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... ony-abbott" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By The Red Arrow
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Bust the budget protesters take to the streets in their thousands
'This is what democracy looks like,' chants Melbourne crowd as marchers wind their way to the steps of parliament house
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/j ... -melbourne" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By new puritan
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The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, could be removed from office as early as next week after facing a revolt from within his own party.

A backbench MP from Abbott’s governing Liberal party announced on Friday that he would be moving a motion to have the leadership declared open.
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne ... rty-revolt" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Arf. Rupert really knows how to pick 'em.
By new puritan
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Abbott got through the leadership contests by 61 votes to 39, but with nearly 40% of his parliamentarians against him that surely doesn't bode well for his long term prospects...
 
By The Red Arrow
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Australian PM Tony Abbott labelled 'most incompetent' western leader by US think tank

An internationally respected US think tank has labelled Tony Abbott the most “incompetent leader in any industrialised democracy,” as the Australian Prime Minister provoked criticism over his latest remarks.
Speaking during the Australian parliament’s question time, Mr Abbott accused the opposition Labour party of causing a “holocaust of job” losses.

He immediately withdrew his comment in parliament, but the damage had already been done, and many opponents eagerly picked up on the latest gaffe.

Mr Abbott’s gaffes are among the numerable issues a senior researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations lists against the current Australian leader in the post titled: ‘Tony Abbott Has To Go’...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 41683.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By new puritan
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TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group.

Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in ­Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of ­Islamic State in northern Iraq.

After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous for the ­Australians.

They argued that even the US was not prepared to put ground troops into Iraq and it would make Australia the only Western country with troops on the ground.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-dept ... 7233174095" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Deeply worrying and yet somehow also hilarious. Abbott is sub-sub-Farage.
By new puritan
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The Prime Minister has once again left onlookers shocked, and probably a little confused, but for once it wasn't what was coming out of his mouth, rather what was going into it.

While on a tour of a produce farm in Tasmania, Tony Abbott was seen to be munching on a raw onion - skin and all.

"Better than any other onions I've eaten in a long time," Mr Abbott was reported as saying.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ ... 43syz.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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By The Red Arrow
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After the onions, there's no longer any doubt. Tony Abbott is a 'loose unit'
Jason Wilson
Thursday 26 March 2015 02.55 GMT
No politician has aired his weirdness in public more than Tony Abbott. Why didn’t we realise that was a problem until he ate a couple of raw onions?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... loose-unit" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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