Abbott World… you’re standing in it.

Abbott Hatesman Statesman Cropped

So it seems the idea, judging from Cormann’s comments this morning, is to king-hit the poor and low income earners, and then … blame Labor for not allowing them to spread the pain to the upper-income echelons.

“Oh, ye poor and humble of circumstance… IT’S ALL LABOR’S FAULT we’re kicking only youse in the guts.”

They are effectively holding a gun to the head of the electorate.

“Pass our legislation, or the cripple gets it. And I’ll shoot the kids, and the Abo too. One hostage every hour until Labor caves in.”

Their modus vivendi is intimidation. They are political standover merchants. Always threatening, always dividing. Their “class warfare” allegations against Labor are the mistaken take on affairs that comes from preening yourself in front of a mirror too often. It’s they who are the wreckers.

“Nice little country you got here. Pity if sumpin’ bad was ta happen to it.”

Mark Simkin, last night on ABC TV news, put it pathetically. Tony Abbott is showing that he is prepared to make sacrifices too. What a guy! Simkin had in his eyes a look that was a mixture of outright embarrassment and ideological fire. He’s a well-coiffed, well-dressed out-and-out Abbott luvvie, but even he couldn’t disguise the disgust, mixed with excitement that he was feeling as he did his piece to air.

Good God… if they pulled this off (his eyes were eloquent) then Abbott really is a political genius. The punters would swallow anything at all if they swallowed the claptrap about how Abbott was making sacrifices too.

Yesterday was the ultimate test of chutzpah: how to break a promise and expect the public to thank you for it, after all the railing, garment renting and teeth gnashing about broken promises when they were in Opposition.

Get Kennet and anyone else handy out onto the hustings to tell us what dire straits we are in. Who knew? They believed Treasury and MYEFO. But Treasury and MYEFO were nobbled, with Treasury full of traitors and MYEFO hopelessly based on impractical, pie-in-the-sky assumptions. Trust Labor to trash and misuse the very institutions put in place to safeguard our nation’s economy.

They always put us on the back foot. There’s always an emergency, or a threat we have to react to. Under this mob there is no “business as usual”. There is only chaos and uncertainty. The Whirling Dervish of the boxing ring has made it his life’s work to cause turmoil and upset and then seek to benefit from it. He knows no other way. As they say, it’s in his DNA… anarchy. He is no happier than when the punters are restless, because in confusion is profit.

He was thrown out of the seminary because he caused too much trouble. He was in open revolt against the ruling circles of the Church and they had to get rid of him. He waged a whispering guerilla campaign of destabilization and pseudo-intellectual moralizing. God knows what he, a would-be parish priest, thought he could accomplish from it. There was no other option for the Church but to let him go.

Ever since he’s made a lifestyle out of the king-hit, the unexpected “Where-the-f**k-did-that-come from?” assault on ordinary people, from various walks of life, just trying to get on with their daily business.

Unless you understand that Abbott is never happy unless he is causing trouble, you can’t understand the way this country is headed: government by brain fart, holes punched in walls either side of innocent people, isloation and encirclement of hapless victims, threats, going the heavy, holing hostages.

Abbott doesn’t work by raising others to a higher plane. He works by flattening all opposition, then kicking them when they are down. Look at the photo above. They’re trying to hold him back.  That way he comes out on top simply because he is the last man standing. Everything about him is menacing and violent because that’s the best, quickest way to rip apart the polity and put your own twisted nightmare in its place.

For a long time I’ve wondered whether Abbott was acting as if he knew he was on borrowed time – political or even existential time. His entire life has been devoted to making it through the day, by and means, fair or foul, the better to be present next morning so he could tarnish another reputation, destroy another institution or corrupt another tradition.

He will say literally anything. He set it all out in that famous interview with Kerry O’Brien: tell a lie, don’t get nailed down, seek forgiveness later. He is always testing his audience: seeing what he can get away with. Giving in to him only encourages him to go further next time.

And if they won’t forgive you, ruin them as an example of how you base your life on pure aggression, an aggression so fierce and malignant that normal people can’t be bothered fighting you. It’s just not worth it. Cut Abbott some slack and he might go away and pick on someone else for a change.

He has all the fire of a zealot, with the talent for intimidation of a gangster. Bull or bear market, Abbott takes his profit by simply threatening peace loving people with aggravation until they give in.

Previously he’s had mentors to back him up, and to guide him. But now he’s the boss and we’re seeing just what a mad dog can do when it’s put in front of the pack.

Australia has to make a decision. It needs to keep in mind, though, that there is no satisfying the Abbott’s of this world. Anarchists are never satisfied, by definition. They’re always looking for the next thuggish high, an even bigger hit to feed their habit.

Abbott has given himself three years to wreak as much irreversible damage on Australia as he can before he’s railroaded out of politics for good. Even he must realize that he’s cooked his own goose in the last 8 months. There’s no second term for him in the offing. That’s plain now.

His party is in revolt, even the cherished Murdoch newspapers are writing nasty things about him.

Speaking of Murdoch, he probably thinks he has Abbott’s measure, that he can control him. But you can never have the measure of a madman. Sociopaths like the Prime Minister see trust as a weakness, to be exploited. They don’t care if they shit in their own nests, and they certainly have no trouble with shitting in anyone else’s nest. The only thing that matters is the high they get from causing trouble and panic in others, from seeing their opponents decked on the mat, bleeding from the ears.

There are others who believe they had his measure, too. Hockey, Reith, Pauline Hansen, Arthur Sinodinos in the political sphere come to mind. SBY and the Malaysians in the geopolitical circle.

He dudded Reith and Hockey, stabbed Hansen in the back, completely outclassed Turnbull, and gave Sinodinos the Jesuit’s kiss of death by telling the poor Greek gofer boy he was his greatest admirer (sad little Arthur, now a humble backbencher, probably still thinks he can make a comeback).

As to SBY, Abbott put out some weasel words about respecting Indonesia’s territorial waters, then invaded them. He sacked the poor low-level saps in the Navy who believed him when he said he’d back them all the way.

Abbott - MH370

He big-noted himself about about finding the Malaysians’ plane, made out that he was personally in charge, bragged that he had a secret that he he could only tell to the Chinese (the Malaysians must have twigged by then, let’s hope), then abandoned the search and, for good measure, will be sending the Malaysians the bill.

To Abbott, promises are just a breath of air, evanescent, temporary measures designed to get him to the next square on the big political game board.

He has made parsing his own words – always in his own favour, of course – not only a personal hobby, but a national pastime. When he says something a whole industry, from pundits to stakeholders, goes into overdrive trying to figure out the loopholes he’s left for himself, and who will be betrayed this time.

The carnival barker always lies. The mob take that for granted. So the spruiker’s job, in these circumstances, is to bet the crowd that they can outwit him. But the game is always rigged in his favour. If it looks like he might unaccountably lose out in the latest swindle, he simply packs up and walks away.

The punters, think they invested their vote – I mean, it’s only a vote, right? – a small risk. Then they are left empty-handed and bewildered. They all thought that other bloke, over there was the one being scammed, when it was them all along (or rather, all of them, all along).

Now even his own party is discovering they’ve been scammed, too. They’ve put a bull in charge of their own china shop. Abbott makes it up as he goes along. He is always confronting, testing, intimidating… not because it needs to be done, but because it give him his kicks.

He got to the top by deception and intrigue, and outright betrayal of his comrades on the way up. He places fait accomplis in everyone’s path: “Give in or I’ll wreck the joint.”

Sadly, many do give in, but they squirrel away their grudges for the day when they can get their revenge. Abbott is always embarrassing them into defending him. One day, however, someone will shout “Enough!” and start a movement to oust for good from politics, so he can’t do any more damage to them, or to – as many are now realizing – the nation.

Abbott David 2

Don’t expect Abbott to go quietly. That is not his style. He has a good deal more trouble to cause before he accepts that he’s finished. We’ve had one preening narcissist in charge of Australia from the Labor side, but at least Rudd, for all his madness, wanted to do good and even great things in among the murk and madness of the way he ran his office.

Abbott, on the other hand, has the purity of the perfect aggressor, with the added certainty of having God on his side. He exists only to dish out the next king hit on the next unsuspecting mug. His shit-eating grin is never broader than when he is causing trouble and mayhem, havoc and angst.

He tries to kid us (and may even try to kid himself) that there’s a purpose to it, but there isn’t. It’s just the way he is: a kid who grew up as a Golden Boy, who got away with everything by using charm and (if necessary) thuggery, deceit and lies.

Always protected in the past, he is on his own now, and we are seeing the full panoply of his capabilities to lie and deceive, to scam and falsely flatter. His canvas isn’t a back room at a party meeting, or a canteen at an aged care facility where he can wow the old ladies (or stare at the young ladies’ breasts). He isn’t on a bike ride anymore. He’s got a whole country to wreck now.

And Australia – you, me, our neighbours, our institutions and our values – are in his sights.

Until someone stands up to him, until someone takes him by the scruff of the neck and boots him out – like the Catholic Church did all those years ago at the seminary – it’s “Welcome to Abbott World”.

In case you didn’t realise, you’re standing in it.

253 thoughts on “Abbott World… you’re standing in it.

  1. BK,
    That Hannity link needs a warning. Do not read that while eating. Seriously.

  2. AJ,
    And that’s why a GST is a regressive tax. As a proportion of disposable income the burden falls heaviest on those who can least afford it.
    I was always in favour of the whoesale tax system because it allowed discrimination as to what was going to be taxed and by how much. Maybe a poor eg but under GST why 10% on a Rolls and 10% on a Holden?

  3. No new tax collection without an election

    The debate over the introduction of a carbon price prompted many statements on the issue of new taxes.

    On August 16, 2011 Mr Abbott said: “A very clear message is going out from the Australian people to this government: there can be no tax collection without an election. If this government had any honesty, any decency, that is what we would have: an election now.” He made a similar statement at a rally outside Parliament House on the same day: “There is one fundamental message that we want to go out from this place to every nook and cranny of our country: There should be no new tax collection without an election.”

    On August 22, 2011, speaking to a motion calling for a plebiscite on the carbon tax, Mr Abbott returned to the theme. “I have often said, and members of this House will no doubt hear me say it again, there should be no new tax collection without an election,” he said.

    He said it a again in the debate over carbon pricing legislation on September 14, 2011. “I say to this Prime Minister: There should be no new tax collection without an election.”

    So when is that eection to be? You know, the one where we get to vote on Tony’s Great Big New Tax. Have I missed an announcement of the election date? Tony’s Toxic Tax, which he says isn’t a tax but the ATO says otherwise,, will last for four years. It looks like we will have to wait until 2016 to vote on it.

  4. Kate Lundy is leading the charge in the Senate hearing


  5. Shepherd is a charlatan. Refuses to say whether he supports the cheats’ levy.

  6. How can the Audit Commission make recommendations on output without considering input? Expenses v Collections.

  7. Puffy,

    They weren’t allowed to look at income, courtesy Your Government.

  8. I don’t know if i can stand watching much more of Mr Shepherd. The urge to throw things is getting a bit overwhelming. I wish he’d just say ‘We could only look at the things Abbott wanted looked at’. and be done with it.

    Here’s a reminder of Mr Shepherd’s not-so-great business and financial skills.
    Meet Tony Shepherd, Transfield’s doyen of debt

    And why was Verandah Sandstone part of the Commission of Fraudit? She’s not an economist or a business person, she lives off government handouts and her MP’s super. Perhaps the poor old dear needed a bit of extra cash.

  9. Shepherd was very selective in what they looked at, whether in the ToR or not.

  10. Sam Dastayari is a bulldog. Shepherd not coping too well.

    “This not a BCI report”. Like hell it isn’t!

  11. From a bit earlier this morning –

    The Government is trying to shut down the Commission of Audit hearing. Running a protection ring for the committee. What a farce.— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) May 1, 2014

  12. The Libs weren’t allowed to be on the committee but they can have input remotely? Weird.

  13. Shepherd: Outsourcing has not been good for Canberra so we’ll do it again.

  14. There’s a lot of “I agree with you, Senator” when he obviously doesn’t. Slimeball.

  15. He doesn’t know how many jobs would be lost! What the hell has he been doing this year?

  16. So, Tony, what is the acceptable number of visits to a doctor?

  17. Holy shit!

    Now Shepherd is talking about “sacred obligations” to sack people!

  18. Shepherd can NOT cite any evidence presented to the Commission that 11 visits to the doctor is excessive.

    “Can I come back to you on that?”

    Nice question. Shepherd is floundering. His offsider mumbles something about it being a “value judgement”.

    In other words: complete ideological bullshit.

  19. It’s all very well wishing Mr Abbott out of his current position, but who would then step up to the Prime Ministership?

    Much as I dislike Mr Abbott’s attitudes, I would wish him to remain in his current leadership position so that they wider Australian electorate actually get to see the paucity of talent in this particular iteration of the so-called Liberal Party has to offer.

    Together with the idea that the Labor Party might (just) get itself sorted out, Australia could only benefit by the ordinary ‘bread and circus’ consuming voter becoming more aware of the paucity of imagination of the country’s current ‘leadership’.

  20. “I didn’t see that particular evidence.” @ $1,500 per day.

  21. “The recommendation makes no sense”. Absolutely, Richard!

  22. So Hockey is raising the pension age to 70 by 2035. So much for “not changing the pension” then, but doing it in a way so that only those under 50 now will be the ones to suffer.

    These LNP shills saying “Oh, Abbott will be forgiven by the next election and almost certainly be re-elected” make me laugh. Yeah, the majority of the electorate after spitting at the very mention of Julia Gillard’s name for 3 years are totally a forgiving bunch.

    Or maybe they are really sexist. “Yeah, he broke a promise, but he has a dick, so it’s okay”

  23. The standard response is “This has to be implemented carefully.”

  24. So we paid this twit and the other auditors $1500 a day each, plus travel and expenses, to pretty much sit around making up stuff.

  25. Meanwhile, at ICAC, NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher is in big trouble. Baird should sack him.

    Gallacher has been accused of being in a "corrupt scheme" with Tinkler's Buildev to pay illegal donations into a Liberal slush fund #ICAC— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) May 2, 2014

  26. Trying to tie Shepherd into funding the Libs through Transfield.

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