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  1. Political Animal - Chapter 8

    ... It became a kind of game which they thoroughly enjoyed.” Abbott gave these rehearsals his all, mastering the detail, practising his ... issues that might arise. But his first priority was his own political performance. “He wanted the assurance from the department that ... afterwards. Kirby’s biographer A.J. Brown reports:  Tony Abbott wrote to Kirby that he had trouble with the idea that homosexuality ... on the virtues of the Howard government. But on the great issue of these years, the monarchy versus the republic, everyone was free to ... having substance problems, we can’t stop people from making mistakes … Under Abbott, the unemployed had never had to work ... In public Howard supported Abbott’s right to raise the issue but was reported to be appalled in private. The Minister for Health ... Where was his judgment? Where was his heart? Political Animal - Chapter 8 ...


  2. Political Animal - Chapter 2

    ... those years. “Wild even for a wild college boy.” Young Tony did things hard: drinking, writing, arguing, fucking and playing rugby. ... the Catholic men’s college under its gothic tower. His political base was the tiny Democratic Club, one of a network on campuses ... Italian palace on the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. Dick Abbott was a popular dentist who had taken to Catholicism in his teens. The ... larger purpose of ending the threat of world revolution and making Australia the good country of his Catholic dreams. His sense of mission ... a Channel Ten news crew and cub reporter Mike Munro. The issue was voluntary fees. The point was ridicule. When asked to leave the room, ... to defy the vote and use its own authority to decide the issue of SRC fees. This was the young man’s idea of liberal democracy. He ... the world and, yes, I loved the boxing.” Political Animal - Chapter 2 ...


  3. Political Animal - Chapter 6

    ... up for the monarchy, mate, I’m your man.’” It was Tony Abbott.  Waddy hired Abbott to run ACM, Australians for Constitutional ... with the pen.” The first killer phrase of Abbott’s political career was: “the Keating republic.” That he broke every ... that would rise to a little over 40 per cent once ACM began making its mark. That is a powerful constituency. As he began putting ACM ... article in the Australian to remind John Hewson that no issue was above politics and there were politics to be played here: he didn’t ... arriving here from beyond the Anglosphere:  The issue is the sort of Australia we want our children and grandchildren to ... time as Minister for Employment Services.  Political Animal - Chapter 6 ...


  4. Political Animal - Chapter 12

    DARKNESS AT NOON If he wished, Abbott could look right out across the landscape of commercial Sydney. The view ... that’s much used: Hansards on the shelves and standard-issue furniture. No picture of the Queen. Two souvenirs are the only Abbott ... Gillard caved in. Abbott’s intransigence had paid a huge political dividend. He helped rush the necessary legislation through parliament but was offering no truce: “The point I keep making is if you want John Howard-style results, you have to put in John ... God and the Catholic values that drive him. They are his political persona. They are the proof that there is depth and humanity to this ... on this man’s life in power? How much would they drive Tony Abbott, PM? Which Abbott are we going to get when things are tough, I ... an aggressive populist with a sharp tongue; a political animal with lots of charm; a born protégé with ambitions to lead; a big brain ...


  5. Political Animal - Chapter 4

    FATHERS AND SON In the subdivisions of Emu Plains, Tony Abbott came to doubt his vocation. He was nearly thirty. He had spent two ... went by it seemed to me the real issues were not so much political but spiritual; the important arena was not Parliament, the economy or ... of the death of this dream make it clear the fundamental issue wasn’t celibacy – though surely that would have become impossible in ... what really interested him was politics. Labor had been making overtures to him while he was still in the seminary. Bob Carr tried once ... Abbott was not joking when he called himself Howard’s “political love child.” About to lose an election that had been his to win, ... but sounding brass and tinkling cymbal.”  Political Animal - Chapter 4 ...


  6. Political Animal - Chapter 10

    MR LUCKY Abbott had dropped his daughters at the bus stop and was driving back across ... government’s emissions trading scheme is the perfect political response to the public’s fears,” he had said in late July 2009. ... a reputation as a “conviction” politician, but on this issue his position appeared to depend entirely on his reading of the polls and ... to reject Rudd’s ETS. Alan Jones was rampaging across the political landscape, broadcasting the wildest claims of the deniers. Abbott and ... Sector. Nelson said patronisingly: “This will be the making of him.” Abbott was a bit player again. He withdrew to a tiny office ... denialists. Abbott is speaking their language.  Young Tony did well in science at Riverview. It’s not a blind spot. But his real ... for the conservative side of politics. Political Animal - Chapter 10 ...


  7. Political Animal - Sources

    ... of my colleagues over many years. I thank them. I thank Tony Abbott and his staff for the help they gave. I thank the politicians and ... Australian , Magazine , 13 December 2003, p. 18. “political love child”: Australian , Magazine , 13 December 2003, p. 18. ... Financial Review, 4 December 2009, p. 62. “political and communications”: Australian Financial Review, 11 February ... Waddy to me. “There is no reason” and “The issue is”: Australian, 31 May 1990, p. 8. “I had been ... . “This will be the making of him”: ABC 7.30 Report, 6 December 2007. “a fundamental ... News Weekly, 20 December 2008, p. 13. Political Animal - Sources ...


  8. Political Animal - Chapter 21

    ... Response to Correspondence Laura Tingle When Tony Abbott returned from his trip to Washington and Beijing in late July, he ... meet. The “cost of living” is an example of an issue about which we are always being told that people feel angry. But it is also an issue that people feel they have a right to be angry about because the Labor ... a high inflation rate, the cost of living is now a term of political abuse. Federal Labor heard the angst about cost-of-living pressures ... misled, the public into holding all sorts of warped views of political events in the past five years. It appals me as much as anybody else. ... federal government operates. Laura Tingle Political Animal - Chapter 21 ...


  9. Political Animal - Chapter 20

    ... didn’t get it from me, they would run an anti-government political campaign. And they did.  The ploy worked because even though ... politically tied to them – and therefore to the political priorities of yesterday.  Governments need to let go of ... cars, which only get the cash because their workforces have political power derived from their concentration in a handful of federal ... be told that the cost of living is the hot political issue. It’s been a key campaign topic in every election since the Rudd win in ... without an agenda after wrecking the Whitlam government, Tony Abbott may well come to office and then spend a couple of terms simply wasting ... exciting things that we are. Rachel Nolan Political Animal - Chapter 20 ...


  10. Political Animal - Chapter 13

    ... that “politicians should jump on board the disability issue.” He was spruiking the swinging votes that might conceivably be changed ... do the unpleasantries. Both Salt and O’Dwyer expose a political logic Laura Tingle is fundamentally worried about – our ... and astute, and worthy of serious engagement by the political class of professional politicians, our “virtual” political parties, old-hat lobbyists too stultified to adapt, media ... mediocre politicians, like Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey, for not having vision and not knowing what they are ... and sometimes on an even keel. John Wanna Political Animal - Chapter 13 ...