Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Election on Truth... listen to them, and try not to guffaw

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: Tony Abbott's words came as a gift to a Government that's sliding in the polls. The Opposition Leader has given his opponents a way to attack every single thing he says from now until polling day.

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard was one of the first ministers out of the blocks.

JULIA GILLARD: Well all this spells a lot of risk for Australians. The problem for Australians here of course is they'll never know when Mr Abbott is walking towards microphones and making a statement, whether who's turned up is gospel Tony who's telling the truth or phoney Tony who lies all the time. (I nearly wet myself laughing here.)

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: Government minister after Government minister lined up to attack.

CRAIG EMERSON: Mr Abbott has revealed that there are two Tonys - the gospel-truth Tony and the heat-of-the-moment Tony.

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: The Small Business Minister is Craig Emerson.

CRAIG EMERSON: The truth is Mr Abbott has risk written right across his forehead. He's basically saying if it comes out of my mouth and if it comes out of my mind it's a heat-of-the-moment promise and it doesn't count.

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: The Treasurer Wayne Swan gave his take on commercial radio in Adelaide.

WAYNE SWAN: Well I think what happened last night was that Tony Abbott cracked under pressure. He basically said you can't believe a word he says. And I just don't know where that would leave Australia if Tony Abbott was prime minister in the middle of global financial crisis. (More kacking myself here.)

PRESENTER: He didn't quite say that...

WAYNE SWAN: Well I think it was pretty close.

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: The Transport Minister Anthony Albanese:

ANTHONY ALBANESE: And I wonder whether it's phoney Tony or whether he's actually telling the truth.

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: The Environment Minister Peter Garrett:

PETER GARRETT: And I think it raises serious questions about how seriously you can take somebody who says don't believe what I say; only believe it if someone's written it down for me to say. (This raised a titter.)

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: And so it went on. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joined in briefly but he knows he doesn't really need to.

KEVIN RUDD: I think it's simply a matter for Mr Abbott to explain what he meant by his remarks last night. As for me I'm getting on with the business of governing the country. (Fecking weasel!)

So, how do you tell a member of the ALP is lying? His/Her lips are moving.

Read/listen here.


Merilyn said...

Kae as I said over at Tim's feel that Tony Abbott is having some "self doubts" and that is quite normal, but he has so much evidence on the Rudd Government to work with, that it would be best for him to just get on with it.
As for the Labor mob coming out and carrying on the way they have, they are the last one's to talk about lies, they have been leading the people "up the garden path" since they were elected.

Gee Gillard must have a hide as thick as a cow's she has been less then truthful about her portfolio's and the true costs and corruption on the BER'S!

stackja1945 said...

ALP/media and the truth, an oxymoron. Are there still enough fools to vote for the ALP?

Carpe Jugulum said...

Unfortunately stackja, yes there are.

Hi Merilyn, the waste of the BER program will haunt this government, the company i work for is building a lot of these and i see the same overdone crap design everyday. I will not be adding these projects to my CV.

Anonymous said...

"how seriously you can take somebody who says don't believe what I say"

It's a politician - assume lying, saves time.

TimT said...

I think the fairly consistent position by ALP members in the last three years has been to act as if they are completely perfect and pure in every way, and that absolutely no-one in government is morally reprehensible or evil or unethical in any way - except for those in the Opposition.

Examples: Turnbull raises questions about Rudd's conduct. ALP viciously defends Rudd's character. Abbott admits to feeling a bit threatened by homosexuals. ALP viciously attacks Abbott, act as if their members aren't homophobic in any way shape or form. Abbott says that he may sometimes exaggerate in the course of a debate. ALP claims that Abbott 'lies' and that we can 'never' trust him, in the process themselves vastly exaggerating for the sake of scoring a political point - and seemingly oblivious of the hypocrisy.

I suppose what the ALP want us to take away from all this is that they are perfect, lovely, and shining moral exemplars, so much better than the rest of us plebs slugging away at our jobs, and we should have no problems with any decisions they make whatsoever.

Of course, the rest of us see it somewhat differently.