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She obviously never banged Turnbull’s head that hard

Peta Credlin, Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff has spoken out and said she may have banged a few heads too hard.

She clearly didn’t bang Malcolm Turnbull’s head that hard.

Tony Abbott’s divisive former chief of staff has declared her support for Malcolm Turnbull but praised Bill Shorten and questioned government policy on superannuation in her first television interview.

Peta Credlin, who worked as Mr Abbott’s top adviser in both opposition and government, began an  interview on Sky News on Saturday by admitting “I’m out of my comfort zone.”

Despite working in Parliament House for 16 years it was the first time she had set foot in the media wing known as the Press Gallery.

Ms Credlin, widely criticised during her time at the top for being too controlling, was largely unapologetic but said she was not perfect.

“I have a reputation for straight-talking and candour,” she said. “If I have to cop some criticism, maybe I banged a few heads too hard.”    Read more »

Abbott thinks he would have won the election. Shearer probably thinks so too.

Tony Abbott is starting to speak out about his rolling by Malcolm Turnbull.

Tony Abbott has launched a defensive of his prime ministership, saying he would have won the federal election with budget cuts and lower taxes.

“The poll-measured unpopularity of the Abbott government was not due to any shirking of responsibility but to our determination to do our duty by getting our own spending under control,” Mr Abbott says in a forthcoming essay obtained by The Australian.

The former prime minister has also issued a warning for Malcolm Turnbull saying his successor’s biggest challenge will be to retain popularity once he has a credible narrative of his own.    Read more »

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TONY Abbott has called for a religious revolution within Islam as he urges Australians to stop apologising for their Western values and culture.

Writing exclusively for The Daily Telegraph today — a week before the anniversary of the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege — the former prime ­minister warns of a “clash of civilisations” unless Islam ­undergoes a global reform.

In an article likely to invite controversy, Mr Abbott says Australia and the West can no longer live in denial about the “problem within Islam”, and that while most Muslims rejected terrorism, some were “all too ready to justify ‘death to the infidel’.”

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Turnbull’s knifing of Abbott pays off, Shorten is in trouble

Labor’s anti-free trade stance and the knifing of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull has helped boost the Liberals in the latest poll in Australia.

Labor’s primary vote has plunged to just 30 per cent as voters flood back to a rejuvenated Coalition government under Malcolm Turnbull’s new leadership style one month after he replaced the unpopular Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

In what appears to be a clear vindication of that bruising leadership switch, Mr Turnbull has more than tripled Bill Shorten’s popularity as preferred prime minister at 67 per cent to Mr Shorten’s 21 – a dive of 24 points for the Opposition Leader since August, when he was up against Mr Abbott.

The October Fairfax-Ipsos poll has found the Coalition has surged ahead of Labor at 53-47 according to the flow of second preferences as allocated at the 2013 election.

It is the first time the government has led Labor since March 2014, just before the disastrous first Abbott-Hockey budget, and suggests the Coalition, now under new management, has recovered almost all the ground lost since its landslide victory in September 2013.

When respondents were asked specifically who would get their second preference right now, the story got even worse for Mr Shorten, with the split widening to 54-46 in the Coalition’s favour.

The poll also shows Australians have not been frightened away from the task of economic reform by anti free-trade, union-sponsored advertising campaigns, with 54 per cent of respondents in favour of the China-Australia free trade agreement compared to 33 per cent opposed, giving it a support rating of 21 per cent.   Read more »

She’s obviously never heard about H2

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What do you mean not intimidated?

Peta Credlin has a fearsome reputation but she obviously not ever heard of Heather Simpson.

TONY Abbott’s powerful chief of staff, Peta Credlin, has delivered an almighty serve to Liberal MPs who brought down the former prime minister.

In her first public appearance since Mr Abbott was ousted from the top job last week, Ms Credlin took aim at cabinet ministers and other MPs who briefed against her and her former boss.

The divisive staffer was frequently attacked by anonymous Liberal MPs during Mr Abbott’s time in office, with critics describing her as a “bully” who contributed to her boss’s downfall.  Read more »

Totally awesome

There are few people in politics who are truly awesome.

Most people involved are slimy weasels and very few wear their hearts on their sleeves.

One of Tony Abbott’s staff is one of those people.

One of the first words Malcolm Turnbull heard after being named Australia’s 29th Prime Minister on Monday night was a four-letter expletive, not fit for publication, hurled by one of Tony Abbott’s junior staffers.

The story of Richard Dowdy’s spill night insult has already become legend in Coalition staffer circles.

Mr Dowdy has been a staffer for Mr Abbott since late 2009, when the Member for Warringah knifed Malcolm Turnbull for the Liberal Party leadership.    Read more »

Angry Andy doesn’t disappoint: pities Australia

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

We’re winning I tell you, we’re winning

I would have thought Andrew Little would have had a lot of empathy for Malcolm Turnbull.

The Australian government and the NZ Labour Party are actually very similar when it comes to not being able to settle on a leader.  Little is a seat warmer too, and he knows it.

Labour leader Andrew Little says he pities Australia if its new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, wants to be like New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

He said Mr Key had presided over seven deficits, a growing public debt, and an economy that did not have much to show for seven years of a National Government.

“If that’s Malcolm Turnbull’s ambitions, then I pity Australia.”    Read more »

After months of white-anting by the Media Party, Abbott is rolled by Turnbull

Ever since Tony Abbott became the PM the Media Party has white-anted him in Australia. They finally created enough negativity that Malcolm Turnbull felt emboldened enough to knife him in a leadership spill last night.

The Liberal Party is now resembling our Labour Party with 4 leaders in as many years.

Malcolm Turnbull has seized the prime minister’s job with a vow to offer a “different style of leadership” to tackle the ­nation’s economic problems, toppling Tony Abbott by 54 to 44 votes in a sudden and extraordinary ballot last night.

Cabinet ministers including Liberal deputy Julie Bishop threw their support behind Mr Turnbull to give him a convincing majority to drive Mr Abbott from power and end months of agonising over the government’s failure to restore its political fortunes.   Read more »

Media Party manipulations of facts

The Media party in both Australia and New Zealand have been active in the blame game.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been caught on tape joking about low-lying islands being swamped by rising seas in a 23-second exchange that risked offending Indigenous people, ethnic leaders and Australia’s Pacific neighbours in one fell swoop.

Mr Dutton was speaking to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who earlier this week attended a meeting of Pacific island leaders in Papua New Guinea where climate change and rising sea levels was a key focus.

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John Key should be going full Abbott not full retard

John Key needs to follow Tony Abbott’s lead when it comes to illegal immigration and so-called refugees.

Since being elected they have stopped the boats, not a single person has drowned or died and not a single illegal immigrant has made it ashore.

If only Europe had followed suit. Instead there is a call from the Media Party and the liberal elite to NOT do what Tony Abbott has done despite his actions being overwhelmingly successful.

Australia is the only country in the world to successfully tackle the problem of migrant boats. It does this by saying ‘no’ to irregular seafaring arrivals, while at the same time admitting genuine refugees through an orderly process of entry.

This, of course, has been enough to induce a bout of elbow-gripping hysteria at the New York Times, which has warned Europe not to adopt this policy.

In an editorial in Thursday’s edition under the headline ‘Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants’ the newspaper made it clear that the one proven approach that can stop the tragedy of migrant drownings and put people smugglers out of business is the one that should not be followed.

‘Some European officials may be tempted to adopt the hard-line approach Australia has used to stem a similar tide of migrants. That would be unconscionable.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has overseen a ruthlessly effective effort to stop boats packed with migrants, many of them refugees, from reaching Australia’s shores. His policies have been inhumane, of dubious legality and strikingly at odds with the country’s tradition of welcoming people fleeing persecution and war.’

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