Tony Abbott Quotes

The Liberal Party are predicted to enjoy a landslide victory at the upcoming Australian Federal Election in September, but the thought of Tony Abbott leading the country is a startling one indeed. We’re not politically biased either way here at the Coconut Daily, but we can’t help but be slightly disturbed by some of the quotes Mr Abbott has produced over the years. Enjoy.

If you live in Australia, you’ll know that the ALP (Labor Party) has been beset by all manner of controversy over the last several months, ranging from attempted leadership spills, to neverending internal disputes, to failed projects missed attempts to meet a promised budget surplus.

All this, though, doesn’t mean you should automatically vote for Tony Abbott and the Liberal party at the next election.

Before you cast your vote, make sure you read and watch this selection of quotes from the current Liberal leader, and decide for yourself whether you want this man running the country.

1. On the Carbon Tax and Climate Change

Tony Abbott’s assault on the policies of the ALP have undoubtedly been centred around the implementation and impact of the much-maligned Carbon Tax. However, little do most know that he himself suggested a Carbon Tax as an alternative to the ALP’s proposed emissions trading scheme, back in July 2009. Note also his flagrant denial of the impacts of climate change (despite 97% of the scientific community agreeing that the effects of climate change are absolutely real and measurable).

“The role of CO2 is not nearly as clear as the climate catastrophists would suggest.”

“I also think that if you want to put a price on carbon, why not just do it with a simple tax? Why not ask motorists to pay more, why not ask electricity consumers to pay more and then at the end of the year you can take your invoices to the tax office and get a rebate of the carbon tax you’ve paid.”

2. On immigration

“Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.” – From ABC Q and A, 5 April, 2010

3. On family life and the workplace

“If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband. Not withstanding all his or her faults, you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.”

4. On women in the workplace

“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up.”

5. On Aboriginals

“There may not be a great job for [Aboriginal people] but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done.”

6. On tax

“Mates help each other; they do not tax each other.”

7. On Aboriginal heritage

“Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage.”

8. Comparing the right to choose with Nazi Germany

“I believe that there is a vast moral gulf which separates modern Australia from Nazi Germany. But can we be so sure that, under pressure over time, we will not slide down the same slippery slope. We only have to look at the abortion situation in this country.”

9. On climate change

“The climate change argument is absolute crap, however the politics are tough for us because 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.”

10. On abortion (again)

“Abortion is the easy way out. It’s hardly surprising that people should choose the most convenient exit from awkward situations.”

11. On women in the workplace (again)

“While I think men and women are equal, they are also different and I think it’s inevitable and I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all that we always have, say, more women doing things like physiotherapy and an enormous number of women simply doing housework.”

12. On compulsory paid maternity leave

“Voluntary paid maternity leave: yes; compulsory paid maternity leave: over this Government’s dead body, frankly. It just won’t happen.”

13. On the death of an Australian soldier

“Shit happens.”

Credit must go to the Abbottisms website for some of these quotes.

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