Jul 31, 2015

Abbott finally breaks cover — just a little

After several days of relative silence, Tony Abbott emerged today to deal with two issues that were dominating debate.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

After several days of comparative silence, the Prime Minister ventured into the media this morning — a slightly unusual section of the media, Sydney’s 2SM and Grant Goldman. A lifetime ago, in the pre-FM era, 2SM was a Sydney ratings giant, but it resides now in the obscure stable of regional radio mogul Bill Caralis and has virtually no audience except as the networking point for content for Caralis’ regional network. But Goldman doubles as the ground announcer at Brookvale Oval, home of Abbott’s footy team, so the first question was about the fortunes of Manly, before going on to such hard probing as “what the people are saying at the moment is that Tony Abbott is doing a fair job. Would you say that given the fact that it looked a bit shaky for you about 12 months ago things are on the up and up for the Coalition?”

Sales or Speers it wasn’t. Indeed, it wasn’t even Alan Jones, normally the Prime Minister’s go-to man for a comfort interview.

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17 thoughts on “Abbott finally breaks cover — just a little

  1. Venise Alstergren

    BERNARD KEANE: In answer to your last question:- Bugger all.

  2. klewso

    Halton – on media/sexism – when have we seen Bishop portrayed as a rat….?
    ….. Is Bishop facing court rather than being able to repay her abuse of office?
    [As for Toad – he is caught on a barbed wire fence? If he puts down his foot on the side of Goodes and Pearson, you can imagine how No1 pimp “Blot on the Political Landscape” is going to react – and vice versa?]
    “C’mon baby let the Goodes time roll….”

  3. MJPC

    BK: As 2SM was formerly owned by the Catholic church, maybe our top gun PM was hopping for some Christian charity from his interviewer (which, on hearing, seems to have been afforded on this occasion).
    As for your somments on the management of the Dept of Finance; white wash warning; so much for the independance of the Public Service; when’s the next election?

  4. cartoonmick

    Thank God for good journalism in Australia. The willingness of good journos to research and pursue the facts and give them wide distribution is about the only way we, the public, can keep an eye on our pollies ‘discrete” behaviour.

    What would people know of pollies extreme use of “entitlements” if it wasn’t for exposure by the Media. Nothing !!

    So, a big thank you, and a cartoon . . . .


  5. Dogs breakfast

    Bronny terrible, Abbott weak as p….., and Jane Halton the very antithesis of what a professional public servant is.

    I’m looking forward to Halton’s dismissal as much as Bishop’s.

    Not for reasons of gender, I think I can reasonably claim that both are disgraces to their respective professions.

  6. klewso

    And Alberici (Lateline) cites Halton as some sort of “independent expert” on such matters, when interviewing Palmer last night?

  7. Pedantic, Balwyn

    The inescapable conclusion from PM Abbott’s failure to address the media is that like all bullies he cannot take the heat. End of story.

  8. Venise Alstergren

    Tony Abbott is viewed by many as being incredibly loyal to his friends/members of his parliament. It would be fascinating to see his loyalty in the face of George Brandis et al being outed as Jack the Ripper.

  9. possum

    Meanwhile ….. the national debt grows & Abbott et al pretend that it does not exist.

  10. Neutral

    “Abbott finally breaks cover”

    So he should. The stench of breaking wind would be unbearable.

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