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2017: Tony Abbott, the ghost of plebiscites past

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott popped up this week to oppose The Voice. You’d think after his discreditable contributions to the last national plebiscite, he’d sit quietly in a corner. Scroll down for John Oliver’s video of Abbott’s greatest hits. Who is Tony Abbott? For the lucky souls, who’ve forgotten — a Tony Abbott refresher. …

Anti-Marriage Equality Pollies

The fall and fall of Anti-Marriage Equality Pollies

Stuart Robert’s astonishing performance at the Robodebt Royal Commission this week reminded me of his 2017 vote against Marriage Equality. Where are they now, I thought, of the Anti-Marriage Equality pollies who voted no against the express wishes of the Australian electorate? Far-right politicians traditionally enjoy a remarkable ability to fail upward. No matter what …

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Sister says dishonest to call Abbott a homophobe and misogynist

His sister accused critics of the former PM Tony Abbott of ‘scoring cheap political points’ in a weekend tweet. Christine Forster castigated those who describe the new British trade advisor as a ‘homophobe and misogynist’ without knowing him. However, Forster neglected to address the many incidents and comments that inspired the accusations. Abbott’s appointment proved …

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GetUp calls for supporters to help win ‘parliament free of homophobes’

Activist group GetUp has urged a group of volunteers to help them win “a parliament free of homophobes” in a new election message targeting Liberal MPs including Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton. GetUp sent text messages on Wednesday night to volunteers who took part in the group’s campaign to call voters and advocate a “yes” …

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Tony Abbott roasted for trying to take credit for marriage equality

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for trying to claim credit for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, despite campaigning against it for years. “When all is said and done, I helped to make the thing happen,” the former prime minister said in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “I set up …

Tony Abbott ‘To Address US Anti-Gay Group’… Again

Prominent “no” campaigner and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly set to address a US organisation that has been condemned for its extreme, anti-LGBTI views. Abbott will speak to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) about his opposition to marriage equality later this month, Fairfax Media reported. According to the Human Rights …

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Alleged Tony Abbott Headbutt ‘Nothing To Do With Marriage Equality’

The 38-year-old man Tasmanian Police have charged with headbutting former prime minister Tony Abbott has said the incident had “nothing to do with marriage equality.” On radio station 3AW on Thursday, Abbott alleged he was walking from the office of a Tasmanian newspaper to his hotel in Hobart when a man wearing a “vote yes” …

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Tony Abbott bombarded with same-sex wedding invites

The Prime Minister’s schedule looks very busy. More than 50 couples planning weddings extended promises recently to extend same-sex wedding invites to Tony Abbott if he allows marriage equality to pass. Despite Abbott’s long history opposed same-sex marriage, many within his party hold opposing views. Some indicate they will back a same-sex marriage bill if …