Monday, 1 February 2016
Anthony John "Tony" Abbott has decided that contrary to popular belief he is still Australia's prime minister
This is the very arrogant MP for Warringah backgrounding mainstream media……
Sky News, 1 February 2016:
Tony Abbott has met US President Barack Obama privately in Washington, it's been reported.
The former prime minister also held secret talks with the president's spy chief, News Corp reported on Monday, noting that the meetings could irk Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Abbott and Mr Obama met at an exclusive banquet on Saturday night, with sources saying the two had a very warm and intimate discussion.
A day earlier, Mr Abbott reportedly held secret talks with the US director of National Intelligence James Clapper - it's believed they discussed the war effort against Islamic State as well as broader global threats….
The Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2016, p.4:
WHO ABBOTT MET IN THE US
Barack Obama, US President
Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations
James Clapper, National Intelligence Director
John McCain, Republican senator and former presidential candidate
James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank Credit
And the reason for this high-level foray into foreign policy?
Well, in the first instance it is bound to get up the nose of two people most likely high on Abbott’s hate list – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Secondly, Abbott has been travelling during that period of the year in which backbenchers typically go on taxpayer-funded ‘study tours’ and I’m betting that these meetings (along with a photo opportunity with former presidential adviser Henry Kissinger) will form the basis of a claim that he was on just such a tour.
Snapshot from Tony Abbott's Twitter account, 28 January 2016
Thus Abbott, who in all probability was paid to speak at the Alliance Defending Freedom dinner in New York on 28 January, will be able to claim a second time for expenses associated with his recent trip.
After all, this is the man who in 2009 decided that taxpayers should fund his own book promotion tour until he was sprung and had to pay back $9,400 in 2010.