Thursday, 24 October 2013

Hon. Tony Abbott MHR on Day 36 as Australian Prime Minister

Action Man as seen through different sets of eyes.... 

The Sydney Morning Herald 20 October 2013

The Guardian 22 October 2013:

At what point do Abbott’s Putinesque cameo appearance at the beach, on a bike or near a fire, stop reinforcing voters’ perception of the prime minister as fit, strong and decisive, and start to look like mere self-indulgences?

Herald Sun 22 October 2013:

TONY Abbott's rural fire chief has labelled as "complete rubbish" and "disrespectful" attacks on the Prime Minister joining his brigade on the weekend to help fight the devastating NSW bushfires. 22 October 2013:

THE United Nations says the NSW bushfire crisis is "absolutely" linked to climate change and Tony Abbott's Direct Action policy is dangerous. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has told CNN the Abbott government will pay a heavy political and economic price for walking away from Labor's commitments on climate change.

SBS 22 October 2013:

Professor Phelps is incorrect because discouraging discussion prevents us from unpacking what the image of Tony Abbott in firefighting gear means to us socially and symbolically.  If we don’t interrogate it, we end up swallowing a diet of whatever ‘default rational’ ideology is most beneficial to politicians and the press.

The Age 23 October 2013:

Meanwhile, instead of trying to influence Labor's caucus to do what Abbott wants, media commentators should be highlighting the Prime Minister's brazen hypocrisy.

The Sydney Morning Herald 23 October 2013:

Some even suggest the blokey volunteer Tony is self-interested. He cops stick for allowing photo ops in safety gear, lycra or Akubra. And he has been pilloried for billing taxpayers when he does charity work.

The Guardian 23 October 2013:

To make his point, Mr Abbott rattled off a series of years when Australia had experienced bad bushfires. He also said that Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, was "talking through her hat" when she pointed out earlier this week that there was a link between bushfires and human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases.

In making his statement, Mr Abbott has dismissed out of hand the work of scientists going back more than 25 years showing that as temperatures and carbon dioxide emissions go up, so do the risks of bushfires. Christiana Figueres' hat is stuffed with evidence. 

The Herald Sun 23 October 2013:

TONY Abbott says he will "do the right thing" and attend his gay sister's wedding but could never support the marriage.
The Sydney Morning Herald 23 October 2013:

24 October 2013: Prime Minister Abbott continues on his merry way.......

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