Apr 5, 2013

Tony Abbott talks God and Western values behind closed doors

Tony Abbott delivers a sermon on the importance of Christian values, and the need to give more recognition to Australia's Western heritage, in a speech to a gala IPA dinner in Melbourne. Crikey obtained the audio of the speech.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has vigorously re-entered the “culture wars” debate by decrying the lack of recognition of Australia’s Western heritage and Christian principles in our national conversation.

Crikey has obtained the audio of Abbott’s speech to a sold-out gala dinner in Melbourne last night celebrating the 70th anniversary of the libertarian Institute of Public Affairs, with Rupert Murdoch as guest of honour.

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51 thoughts on “Tony Abbott talks God and Western values behind closed doors

  1. klewso

    Surely he’s more worried about the fact that other opinions are being heard, no matter how low their resonance?
    That and the fact that there’s votes in this?

  2. willy wonka


  3. MJPC

    It’s lucky my invite to that esteemed event was lost in the mail lest I would have bought up my meal of rubber chicken at Mr Abbott’s uttering of the words “capitalism with a conscience”. Is this what he envisages will be introduced here if he wins the September election, based on what is happening in the UK (and rumored for the plebs in Australia)? Was work choices Capilatlism with a conscience?
    If anything, the leader of the opposition is ever the supreme hypocrit.
    And, as for Murdoch being a great Australian, Did Gen. Monash and Dr Florey also change their nationality to chase the almighty dollar? I missed that in the history books.

  4. Niall Clugston

    Did he really say “cannon”?

  5. The Pav

    Quite rightly Abbott refers to a free press not an incoruptable press.

    He realises that given News Ltd’s phone hacking, bribery of police, the Melbourne Storm’s Salary cap rort & News Ltd owns voting structure on shares that to use the term incorruptable in the presence of Murdoch about the press would be offensive and he certainly wouldn’t do that.

    His hypocracy knows no bounds.

    This is scary stuff. At the risk of breaking Godwins Law my mind goes back to smokey cellars in Germany in the late 1920’s & early 30’s

  6. Eddie Eindhoven

    Also thought I saw Sophie Mirabella entering the venue with Bronwyn on Lateline’s footage last night.

  7. Daly

    TA has now revealed who he truly represents and aligns with: some of the world’s richest and most flakey right wingers!
    I hope this gets enough headlines to alert the other 99.5% of Australians with a vote to ensure he is never our PM

  8. Peter

    Which Western cannon is Tony referring to? Could it be the breechloading Armstrong? It certainly had a marked influence on Western culture. Perhaps he is alluding to Napoleon’s revolutionary use of cannons in batteries: that changed the face of warfare. On the other hand, he could have in mind the role of cannonry in keeping the duration of the Anglo-Zanzibar War down to twelve minutes.

  9. Blair Martin

    Pedants corner: That would be “canon” not “cannon”, though the way Mr Rabbit goes on and on, one would not be too sure he’s not unlike Kim Jong Un in spraying it around to get attention!

  10. Liz A

    Tony Abbott likened John Roskam to Jesus? Is this the holy church of the IPA, Pope John and Chris Berg as the Cardinal in chief?

    I suppose it could be a cult. Perhaps the Church of the latter IPA Saints, IPA-entology, IPA Shinrikyo?

    In Tony’s hierarchy is Murdoch therefore god?

    The mind truly boggles.

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