Sep 24, 2014

Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

Alex Mitchell — NSW politics correspondent

Alex Mitchell

NSW politics correspondent

Draconian security laws are rushed through both houses of Parliament targeting a single religious group amid bloodcurdling media frenzy.

No, this isn’t 2014 but 1868 — when the victims weren’t Muslims but Catholics. And the case has some stark parallels with Tony Abbott’s rekindled war on terror.

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9 thoughts on “Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

  1. MG99

    What an amazingly clever strategy! Two objectives successfully met. Distraction from the government’s woeful performance domestically and a bump in Newspoll. There is no cost, only benefit in increasing terror levels. One would do anything for such an outcome. Oh well, if one community has to bear the pain what the heck.

  2. MJPC

    “It is taking the heat off his deep domestic problems and offering the prospect of rising electoral popularity (going to war will do that … for a while).”
    Australia still does not have all of its budget measures passed. When Field Marshall Abbott returns from organising bombing ISIL (and a few innocents as collatoral damage), and Joe leaves the heady ego build of being feted at the G20, the budget is still there to receive a hadr kick from the electorate.
    Also, anyone noticed what is happening with commodity prices; it’s not looking peachy.

  3. Liz Connor

    Thanks for reminding us of the Fenian affair. ‘The more things change the more they stay the same.’

  4. klewso

    Who owns most of those front pages?
    He couldn’t do it without major sponsor Murdoch’s red-herring assistance.

  5. GF50

    Thanks, Good dissection of the hollow man, mind you it does not take much as there is nothing inside, to contend with! 🙂

  6. Ken Lambert

    Alex Mitchell

    Where does Crikey get this guy from….Abbott the mad catholic monk, monarchist to the descendants of Queen Victoria is now channelling the bigotry of Henry Parkes against Fenians to his own ends against Muslims…….Hellooooooooo???

  7. AR

    As with MH17, the only costs are taxpayers’ money & his morality/ethics (if any), neither being worth a pince of the proverbial if it bumps up his dismal approval rating and distract from the bumbling incoherence of the government.

  8. Bob's Uncle

    War, for a Government, can be electoral gold. But only if they time it right. We shall see.

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