Crikey Says

May 19, 2014

Crikey says: a wake-up call for Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott's in the doldrums. But younger Australians are the big losers, writes Bernard Keane. Plus the looming debt trap for students. The waves that could flood Australia's economic recovery; the clues from Chinese steel mills. A new political era in India: Crikey is on the ground. Ukraine's separatism may have a life of its own. Plus the right-wing Hack at Triple J.

In June 2010, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd was ahead 52-48% on the two-party-preferred vote, according to Newspoll. He was ahead of the opposition leader as preferred PM, although Rudd’s net approval rating was poor at -19 points.

Days later he was dumped by Labor for being too unpopular.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

11 thoughts on “Crikey says: a wake-up call for Tony Abbott

  1. klewso

    How can the Limited News Party get rid of Toady, after the way they lambasted Labor for jettisoning Rudd, then Gillard?
    They’ve not been discredited enough now, hoisted by their own self-righteous petard?
    They’re stuck with this Murdoch Tar-baby – enjoy.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    Our tough as goats’ knees prime minister, Tony Abbott, was spotted in the far reaches of the Western Australian coastline, ramming into the sand a pole with a message on it.

    “””Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”” Give me your escapees from tyranny, your old, your disadvantaged, your youth yearning for a decent education, your pensioners, your forgotten and your hopeless. And I will kick the lot of you back to kingdom comesville. You animals, you non-Australians, you scum.

  3. JohnB

    From my current perch in China I regularly read only the few papers provided by the hotel plus online Fairfax + Crikey.

    What a delight it is to not be affronted by that other brand of Australian news outlet.

    However, it should be remembered that Murdoch primarily picks his winners part way through the election campaign proper and then only from the polls, not the policies. There are examples of News Ltd backing a change of government which may not entirely be to its choice, policy-wise. However, if the current preferred candidate polls poorly enough, Murdoch is certainly prepared to go with the flow in order to claim to be a king-maker and thus be able to claim that his papers are relevant and that he is powerful.

    My recommendation: Take what the Murdoch press says with a grain of salt. After all, they are in the business of making money (or trying to do so) and one way to enhance sales is to be perceived to be powerful and relevant.

    By comparison with those two parameters, the commercial merit of truthfulness is insignificant.

    Abbott will be replaced by the powers-that-be in the Libs only after Murdoch decrees that it is necessary and floods its opinion pages with echoes of this message. In my estimation, if that is to take place it will happen some time after the next budget, ie 60 or 70 percent of the way through this first term and not before.

  4. David Hand

    Rudd wasn’t knifed for being unpopular. His unpopularity gave his factional enemies a rationale to knife him.

    Abbott’s going nowhere and he will lead the Coalition into the 2016 election campaign.

    All you lefties can vote him out then.

  5. Jan Dobson

    Initially I would be asking the same question as klewso. It appears however that presenting a professional image is of no concern to the current LNP politicians. I think for a large majority another about face, another ‘that’s what you heard, but that’s not what I said’ moment will be an occasion of no great importance. We appear to have reached the limit of our ability to be shocked or surprised and have no further expectation of honesty or consistency from our government.

  6. Malcolm Street

    David Hand – remember Abbott only got the leadership by a margin of one vote. So there was a substantial majority of the party who didn’t want him. Also remember that conservative parties are very pragmatic about leaders – once they’re not winners they’re gone.

  7. David Hand

    Yeah Malcolm. Abbott is an unlikely leader who came through on a global shift in sentiment on climate change. Rudd could have knocked him over with a DD election but bottled it because of the failure of Copenhagen.

    But actually, Abbott vacated the leadership after the 2010 election and was returned unanimously.

  8. The Pav

    I think Labor & Shorten should pass the high income levy on the condition that it is correctly renamed to “ABBOTTS DECEIT LEVY”

  9. CML

    If the rAbbot is deposed, who else could take his place? They are ALL tainted by this budget performance – li+s, li+s and more li+s. Not to mention the LNP outrageous attack on the poor and vulnerable.
    They are doing my head in, by insisting we all knew what an LNP government would do, once in power. Tony seems to have short-term memory loss! Fortunately, the voters don’t!!

  10. graybul

    David H @ Your correct re Abbott becoming Leader “on a global shift in sentiment on Climate Change.” As did Rudd lose when he back-tracked on Climate Change.
    Hockey’s Budget and Abbott’s ideology has clearly severely wounded both Govt. and PM. Evenso, it will again be Climate Change that delivers the coup-de-grace. The sunami of International and Domestic pressure continues to build as World Govt(s) and Business draft and re-draft Risk Management tables. Denialist/Ideological driven Govt(s) are increasingly On-notice! Abbott will be a one-term Government!

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details