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Jan 25, 2013

Crikey says: the Opposition Leader is naked

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The Australian reports:

“TONY Abbott has ordered Coalition MPs and candidates to spruik the party’s ‘positive’ agenda in strong grassroots campaigns as he announced a whirlwind national tour next week to start the election year.

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7 thoughts on “Crikey says: the Opposition Leader is naked

  1. Bill Hilliger

    I’m looking forward to a Abbott/Pell government – back to the 1950’s for me!

  2. AR

    Truly delusional if he thinks that the sound & fury of an empty vessel is a vote earner.

  3. Malcolm Street

    They’re keeping it under wraps also because it would bring out in the open the split between the old-style free market Liberals and the neo-DLP that has taken the party over.

  4. David Hand

    As you youself said, Labor would not have released policy itself in the same circumstances. Tony’s message was to be positive. That is in stark contrast to the government where whenever a cabinet minister gets within 5 metres of a TV camera can’t resist telling anyone who will listen that tony Abbott is not a fit human being to be in parliament.

  5. pedro

    And his speech on Saturday? More hollow rhetoric and blind, religious apoplexy.

    Create the strawman ‘Bad Government’, offer the Coalition as ‘The Saviour’ and offer the same tired, three-word slogan of hope, opportunity and reward.

    A slogan directed squarely at the 1% and to fool the rest. Think about it in that context…

    Then bag the economy (one of the strongest in the world), talk about ‘increasing productivity’, Coalition code for Workchoices MkII.

    Finally, talk about the only two policies the Coalition has – dismantle the Carbon Tax (because the Coalition are all Climate Change skeptics) and dismantle the MRRT to help make Gina even richer than the wealthiest woman in the world.

    Then he informed everyone about the Coalition’s actual policies (you know, the ones they had ready once they succeeded having the Government dismissed at any time since their re-election in 2010)

    They were:

    More of the same from Action Man.

  6. Steve777

    “That is in stark contrast to the government where whenever a cabinet minister gets within 5 metres of a TV camera can’t resist telling anyone who will listen that tony Abbott…”

    I don’t remember any ALP identity saying that specifically, but I do recall Coalition figures talking down the economy, accusing Labor of mismanagement of the economy when the numbers say ours is one of the best in the Western world, calling the Prime Minister a liar (unlike John ‘non-core promise Howard’) and villifying asylum seekers as carriers of disease. Not to mention Tony Abbot’s deliberate misrepresentations (or is it just plain ignorance) on a numbers of occasions, e.g. BHP Billiton’s decision to delay the expansion of its huge Olympic Dam mine

    If the shoe fits…

  7. Electric Lardyland

    From what I can make out, this mini campaign is the start of an attempt to rebrand Tony Abbott as a positive, conciliatory and caring individual. A strategy that I think can be best summed up by the slogan,
    ‘I’m Not The Real Tony.’

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