Found a Heart Somewhere, tones? (Yeah, Right . . .) Friday

Was that a quadruple back somersault with seven twists that we saw this week from Our Dear Leader?

Or was he simply dragged from the tender arms of corgi and george xtiansen and forced to look over the brink by those on the Government benches who actually retain some vestigial grains of compassion (or, in the cases of Craig Laundy and Tim Jones, rather more than that)?

Was he told that if he didn’t make some sort of pro-humanitarian gesture, it was all over, red rover?

Whatever, it has indeed been an interesting week (again).

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Anyway, whatever his motives, and however quickly the 12,000 come to abbotistan, let’s kick back for the moment and mark the end of yet another interesting week.

As I wrote this morning, it’s a glorious day in Melbourne (still), and I’ve finally realised why my dry, itchy cough became worse today. Derr, it’s spring, the air is full of pollen, and this is Melbourne, allergy capital of Australia.

So I’ll go easy on the drinks, unless there’s some bottled Claratyne in the Secret Cellar.

774 thoughts on “Found a Heart Somewhere, tones? (Yeah, Right . . .) Friday

  1. What a wonderful night! I followed Hallelujah with Ode to Joy. Still smiling, we no longer have a thug as PM.

  2. Political Animal

    +1 I was just about to post that GOD I feel so happy to witness the demise of #$^E$%^%#$$ !!! Abbott.

  3. I doubt they will bring down a Budget before the next election tho. The economy is not in good shape and nor is the Budget. With all those right whingers around policies can’t be changed too radically and there is a shortage of talent in the Lib/Nat ranks.

  4. If they don’t want to bring down a budget then it has to be an early election. First Turnbull commitment out the window before he is even sworn in?

  5. Chris Kenny says Abbott will not be after revenge because it’s not in his nature. Really? What have the last two years been about, if not revenge for not becoming PM in 2010?

  6. The mob on Lateline are all so very positive about Turnbull PM. They seem to believe he will change policies. No he won’t.

  7. Laura Jayes ‏@ljayes 1h1 hour ago

    A lot of water yet to go under the bridge. I’m told Abbott’s speech to partyroom was “bitter”, supporters are “white-hot” angry
    129 retweets 58 favorites

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

  8. Its a bit like that feeling when you squeeze the pus out of a boil. A mixed feeling of relief that it is gone, but disgust that you ever had the damn thing.

  9. I’m so disappointed. there was no ‘I’m sorry I didn’t win’ speech from Abbott tonight. Maybe tomorrow…..

  10. I was at a ballet preview this evening. We knew by 6pm that a party room meeting had been called for later in the evening. It was agony waiting until we were out of the carpark (at 10:35pm) to get the result.


    If Abbott was game, he could nip over to Yarralumla first thing tomorrow morning and ask the GG to approve an election. Just saying…….

    Yes – I mentioned this to my friend as we were driving home.

  11. It’s a shame Abbott sent all our working jet fighters to Syria. He could have organised a surprise air strike on the electorate of Wentworth tonight. Andrews still has the defence portfolio, and he must be hopping mad at only getting 30 votes for deputy. He’d be up for some mayhem.

  12. I said Bill Shorten was stalking Abbott, driving him nuts, maneuvering Abbott in Parliament, cutting off his legislation, denying him achievements, pushing him to extremes by refusing to fight in Abbott’s terms, getting under his skin in QT and laughing at him and showing no fear.

    This is a scalp for Shorten. Abbott was not rolled by Turnbull, he was despatched by Bill Shorten. Kill Bill, eh? ROFLMAO.

  13. That is two ALP leaders who did Abbott over. PMG pulled the prize right from under his nose, and when he finally got his arske in the PM’s chair, LOTO Bill Shorten makes his life Hell and gets him knifed by his own party.

    Oh, Schadenfreude is so so so sweet.

  14. Yeah, there’s been a whole stack of talk on social media about how much trouble Shorten is supposed to be in now that Abbott is gone. We heard the same talk when he became ALP leader – Abbott was supposed to wipe the floor with him. Shorten’s political obituary has been written a number of times in the past couple of years. He’s done a good job allowing Abbott’s blunders to be fully absorbed by the electorate without undue interference. He’s pretty much allowed Abbott to set the agenda for the entire term, and for the media to trumpet everything Abbott has done, and it’s been a good approach because Abbott, if given enough rope, will hang himself as we’ve seen today. Because Abbott is a thuggish fool who only feels comfortable when he’s in a fight – not allowing him to conduct that fight against the ALP has been a smart move.

    I didn’t think the Liberals would let Abbott go. I thought they were stuck with Abbott policies through and through, and that only the bullheadedness of Abbott could possibly allow the party to stand by them. I still think they have no policy suite to work with, which is the main reason why Turnbull won’t be able to get anything done.

    I don’t know what Shorten’s approach to Turnbull will be, but I suspect it won’t change much. Turnbull is just as capable of stuffing things up. He’s much more likely to walk into a trap than Abbott though, and that trap could now come from either the opposition or his own backbenches. We could see a more sophisticated QT strategy.

  15. Some journos said Bill went pale when told of the challenge. Dunno why, only risk was Turncoat rushing to a DD.

  16. ” I’m told Abbott’s speech to partyroom was “bitter” ”

    Did he plead for the party to “Stop the votes”?

  17. KK

    He must have been their favourite character indeed, But there are other clowns around, including Shorten. (Not that I think Shorten is a clown but to the toonists he might be.)

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers! Well who would have thunk? And I just see on ABC24 that Abbott even squibbed the press after his defeat.

    Mark Kenny starts off by telling us that the Coalition is riven by division. Ain’t it wonderful!
    Peter Hartcher looks ahead at how Turnbull and Shorten will manage things. He said Abbot never cut it as a unifying Prime Minister.
    The SMH editorial says Turnbull got it right by saying we want “advocacy not slogans”. Hey, that’s not a bad slogan!
    Tom Allard puts it that a disastrous first budget is what set off Abbott’s death spiral.
    Peter Martin says that Turnbull’s doctrine will be telling the truth about the economy. More to the point, he’ll be nothing like Abbott!
    Lenore Taylor sees Turnbull’s big task is to balance the party and the public.
    Lenore goes on to say that there are three things we need to know about Turnbull.
    Turnbull’s challenge is to not scare off his own party.
    Michelle Grattan – Turnbull arrives with both charisma and baggage. In the article she described Abbott as an accidental leader who never made the transition from opposition to government.
    Bob Ellis – the last hours of Abbott.

  19. Section 2 . . .

    Peter Reith writes on why Abbott was under continual pressure.
    James Massola has a stab at what the new ministry might look like.
    The AFR editorial says that yesterday’s coup was the result of a crying need for effective leadership.
    Rob Burgess tells us that the Liberal Party has failed its own fundamental test of good government.
    Paul Bongiorno – Why Abbott must go quietly into the night.
    Malcolm Turnbull’s secret weapon – Lucy.
    The rise and fall of political brawler Tony Abbott. How he stopped the votes.
    Gareth Hutches wonders what will happen to Joe Hockey.
    “View from the Street” written just before the ballot. He promises an autopsy tomorrow.
    Turnbull’s test – there can be no grand economic plan without climate action.

  20. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner.

    Cathy Wilcox gets it!

    And Ron Tandberg has a rather empty vision for the future.

    MUST SEE! David Pope farewells the illustrious Abbott.

    Bill Leak with Turnbull’s famous first words.

    There’s so much to see in this effort from David Rowe.

    Rod Clement at the Festival of Ruddock.

  21. gigilene

    There are plenty of other ‘clowns’ for them to draw but none can match the richness of the pickings Abbott gave them.

  22. Yesterday/last night poor Toolman was almost in tears firstly at the challenge and then when the result was announced. Twice he said that Abbott is a “good man”. I’d be interested in how Rupes reacts. I think much of the press gallery’s attitude to Abbott has been based on personal relationships. They won’t have that binding loyalty to the Libs so let’s see what happens

  23. Still no sign of abbott – maybe he’s in a straitjacket…..meanwhile, I’ve been listening to a lot of people who think Turnbull will dump abbott’s nasty policies and ‘fix’ the economic mess.

  24. rnm1953

    Signs are the ‘Demented Plutocrat approves. Front and centre at the GG site is a very large picture of Julie Bishop with the headline “Why I tapped Abbott on the Shoulder”. Lots of positive headlines for Talcum , even Planet Janet declares “Liberals Must Back Turnbull”.

  25. ” Still no sign of abbott “…I saw something on Twitter that he was charged for punching out the minister for woman.

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