Sep 10, 2012

Marr on Abbott: nine things you didn’t know about Tony

From David Marr's Quarterly Essay, "Political Animal, The Making of Tony Abbott", here are nine things we didn't know about the man ...

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

From David Marr’s Quarterly Essay, “Political Animal, The Making of Tony Abbott”, here are nine things we didn’t know about the man …


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110 thoughts on “Marr on Abbott: nine things you didn’t know about Tony

  1. archibald

    Interesting. Loved the first date story.

    Just on TA’s locomotion:
    They say that professional cyclists aren’t very comfortable walking and avoid doing much of it. With all those road miles in their legs, they are much better adapted to riding than walking. Perhaps Tony’s gait reflects this — and whatever training he did that morning. The pugilistic nature of his body language is plain to see.

  2. Kevin Tyerman

    How very “New Idea” of Crikey….

    Leading the title of the daily email “Marr on Abbott” instead of “Saville on Marr on Abbott” has an inference that David Marr, having very recently left the Fairfax stable, is actually writing for Crikey…

  3. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHIBALD: Perhaps it’s the same action as developed by many Hollywood actors to depict cow hands and/or quarter-horse riders. An action which seems to be remarkably free amongst conventional riders/show jumpers/eventers, etc.

    You don’t think he walks like an ape, acts like an ape, etc, etc?

  4. Venise Alstergren

    Clarification. Conventional riders/show jumpers/eventers, aren’t given to walking like apes.

  5. David Hand

    Well there you go. The one policy insight Marr can produce is that he was and remains opposed to Workchoices.

    All the other fluff will play well down here in the Crikey Crypt.

  6. mikeb

    “I dinkum remember looking at his own beatific countenance, all grin and ears, the rain pouring off his uncovered head and having this distinct thought: ‘I think he’s a little bit insane — in a hugely likeable way.’”

    What a great description. Alfred E Newman from MAD magazine?

  7. Arty

    I consider him to be an unlovely person of no consequence to me until the disclosure of his role in the imprisonment of the unlovable Pauline Hanson.

  8. Recalcitrant.Rick

    I don’t like playing to personal types and mannerisms, but to me, that slightly delayed rolling gate seems to smack of indecision, slight shyness even, not the striding confidence of a real leader. I’m afraid the thought of him on the world stage makes me a bit queasy. ( which it would do anyway, even if he didn’t walk funny!) Imagine he and Barack Obama walking towards each other on stage or something? Who would you vote for?

  9. Recalcitrant.Rick

    In other words, DAVID HAND, he has no policies.

  10. Zac Evans

    @David Hand, have you read Marr’s essay or are you just basing your claims on the snippets posted here? (ie. “Hand on Saville on Marr on Abbott”)

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