Posts Tagged ‘Tony Abbott’

If Pope Francis is a Catholic, what is Tony Abbott? Comments 3

Monday, October 30th, 2017

As David Marr reminded us in his 2012 Quarterly Essay, Political Animal: the Making of Tony Abbott, Abbott’s Catholicism was groomed by the highly charismatic and worldly Emmet Costello, the priest he met as a 16-year-old. It went on to flourish under the tutelage of Bob Santamaria. Abbott was and is on a mission from Read more

Monis’ madness not of Islam Comments 0

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to link hostage taker Man Haron Monis with Islam. “We don’t blame the Pope for the IRA, and we don’t blame the Catholics living next door for the folly of some people, the folly and madness of some people who may claim a Christian motivation. And I think we Read more

Violent talk and the sins of the father Comments 0

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The week before our Prime Minister promised to “shirt-front” the president of Russia, I was at the gravesite of a man who hit his wife so hard she went through a door. The man was my grandfather, on my father’s side, and the woman he assaulted was his wife, my beloved Nana.  When this man Read more

Australia to have national mosque open day to fight prejudice Comments 0

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Nine mosques in Australia will open their doors to the public later this month in an effort to help overcome prejudices and misunderstandings. The first national mosque open day, to be held on October 25, will see non-Muslims invited to take tours of mosques and to ask questions of Islamic leaders. It will be followed Read more

Catholic PM criticises Catholic chemist in pill dispute Comments 2

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has criticised a pharmacist for asking customers using the pill for birth control, to shop elsewhere. “That would certainly strike me as highly unusual behaviour,” Mr Abbott, a Catholic, told Fairfax Radio on Friday. “Chemists should act professionally”, he said. Mr Abbott said, ”If anyone has a problem with that, Read more

Abbott says Nauru could take up to 5000 refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Tony Abbott says Nauru is a “pleasant island” that can accommodate up to 5000 asylum seekers. During the election campaign he told Neil Mitchell the  ‘tent city’ asylum seeker policy would cost about $50 million to set up. Abbott said reports of $75 a week in handouts for asylum seekers was incorrect – “we’re looking Read more

The Tony Abbott I know Comments 0

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As a public personality, our new prime minister is an involuntary paradox. On the one hand, Tony Abbott is one of the most discussed people in Australia. On the other, much of the discussion is so ill-informed that it conceals, rather than illuminates. Yet the reality is that Abbott almost certainly is one of the Read more

Australia’s First Lady a “good Catholic girl” from Wainuiomata Comments 0

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

It is widely known that the newly elected Prime Minster of Australia is a Catholic who spent some time in a seminary and is some times called the “Mad Monk” – at least by those who wish to denigrate him. It is less well-known that his wife, Margaret is also a Catholic who was born Read more

Tony Abbott wants Nauru Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Tony Abbott wants Nauru to be used for the off-shore processing of asylum seekers. The Australian opposition leader has refused to support either of the Government’s versions of amendments which would have made a Malaysian deal lawful, and offered a third – his own. Like Labour’s, it is designed to accommodate a recent High Court Read more