‘Wicked’ Ab­bott La­bor’s ma­nia

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

Any­time a La­bor politi­cian starts talk­ing about any sub­ject, it’s ba­si­cally just a count­down to them men­tion­ing Tony Ab­bott.

The ex-PM lives in La­bor’s vast men­tal wilder­ness, end­lessly be­ing nom­i­nated as the cause of every­thing wicked. Here’s a per­fect ex­am­ple from La­bor’s Tanya Plibersek in 2012, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of La­bor-nom­i­nated house speaker Peter Slip­per:

“I think it is right that Mr Slip­per has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity. He’s apologised for the lan­guage and he’s ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion and it shows two things. It shows that he has re­spect for the in­sti­tu­tion of the Par­lia­ment and it shows that he knows that the lan­guage that he has used is wrong and should not have been used.

“And I think it raises the ques­tion about the role that Tony Ab­bott’s play­ing.”

Of course it does. And here’s La­bor leader Bill Shorten just this week­end:

“I think that peo­ple are sick and tired of the cli­mate change wars. The cli­mate de­nial­ists for all in­tents and pur­poses, like Tony Ab­bott, have taken over the Lib­eral Party.”

Ab­bott’s a back­bencher with no Cab­i­net post, yet La­bor sees him as their great neme­sis. The same goes for much of the left, which is why there was so much re­joic­ing last week over claims Ab­bott had faced some kind of upris­ing dur­ing the pre­s­e­lec­tion process in War­ringah.

“Tony Ab­bott has nar­rowly avoided be­ing kicked out of the blue rib­bon seat he has held for 25 years,” the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald re­ported. “In an un­prece­dented chal­lenge that has thrown the spot­light on the former prime min­is­ter’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture, Mr Ab­bott may have se­cured just 55 per cent of votes cast dur­ing a fiery pre­s­e­lec­tion meet­ing in his safe Syd­ney elec­torate of War­ringah.”

All of the re­port­ing on this meet­ing gave the im­pres­sion Ab­bott had been op­posed by grass­roots Lib­eral mem­bers. This may not be the case. Back in May, The Guardian ex­posed a branch-stack­ing strat­egy aimed at Ab­bott.

“Tony Ab­bott’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture could be un­der threat from a group of ac­tivists who have been or­gan­is­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious vot­ers to join Lib­eral party branches on Syd­ney’s north shore,” The Guardian re­vealed.

“The North Shore En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ards have held at least two re­cruit­ment func­tions at which at­ten­dees were urged to tap into their net­works of en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious peo­ple to join the Lib­eral party branches in Ab­bott’s seat of War­ringah and on the lower north shore.”

So there we have our anti-Ab­bott Lib­eral mem­bers, who very pos­si­bly have never in their lives been Lib­eral vot­ers.

Nice trick, kids.

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