Tony Abbott this morning said that neither he, nor his colleagues, ever claimed to be adults and that any suggestions they had done were simply misquotes from sections of the media.
In a speech to the press gallery Mr Abbott said, “We never promised to be anything other than childish and petty. That was our pinkie promise and we are going to keep that promise. Not the promise that some people thought that we made, or that people like Short Change Electricity Bill Shorten wanted us to make. We are going to keep the promise that we actually made. So suffer”.
When shown footage of Liberal MPs claiming during the election campaign that the ‘adults would be in charge’ should the Coalition be elected, Mr Abbott said “well that’s just semantics and we had our fingers crossed anyway”.
The press conference was brought to a close when Education Minister Christopher Pyne ran up behind Mr Abbott and gave him a wet willy.
Well I must say though, that after a failed search for Tony Abbott’s September 7th ‘acceptance speech,’ I eventually altered my search parameters and found that the Liberals refer to such things as ‘Victory speeches.’ However, I noted that only mere glimpses are revealed, through salvaged transcripts, of Abbott telling the Australian people (Himself more like!), he was an adult and was now in fact, in charge:
One of my favorite laughs:
- Abbott promises respectful parliament: When I say????
Mr Abbott pledged a parliament that “discusses the issues, rather than abuses individuals”.
“And I am confident that after just a few weeks of the new parliament – that parliament that diminished our policy and embarrassed our citizens over the last three years – will soon seem like just a bad memory,” Mr Abbott said.
The story surrounding the Abbott/Bishop/Bishop/Pyne…. LNP BS of not answering ANY questions, or the throttling of Labors ability to be able to debate during question time, the fact, no noise is permitted at all when the Liberal Nationals are speaking, is due to the fact that Tony Abbott is unable to actually think or form words if there is any noise. On the other hand, it might be that Bronwyn Bishop is unable to hear her ques from LNP front benches… who can tell!
- Video at News.com with Abbott stating that “the adults are back in charge (don’t get distressed, you do not have to watch all of it, skip to the last minute and a half for the statement).”
- Tony Abbott tells WA Liberals parliament will be respectful:
“I want to say that we have made a good start, that the adults are back in charge and that strong, stable, methodical and purposeful government is once more the rule in our national capital.”
- Why the Coalition will never win over Australian women:
Ever since Tony Abbott celebrated victory by declaring that ‘the adults are back in charge’, a good proportion of us – including many of the people who cast their vote for the LNP – have been waiting for them to arrive. (They were certainly nowhere to be seen when it was revealed Abbott’s view of ‘the age of entitlement’ didn’t apply to him and his family.) And so we wait for the adults to appear while the government’s leadership team ponces about, full of the kind of barely concealed contempt for the electorate which characterised their days in opposition.
- No country for young people (or almost anyone else:)
As far as the government is concerned, the adults are back in charge.
- Embarrassed to be part of Team Australia:
Far from showing that “the adults are back in charge” and “off the front page”, Mr Abbott has created a “Team Australia” that many of us in voter land are embarrassed to be part of.
- The Abbott Government is falling apart:
The Abbott Government seems to be fighting battles everywhere: internally, amongst key supporters, and in parliament.
The only way to stop the rot is to craft a consistent message and, more importantly, take the necessary care in formulating policy, including consulting with key stakeholders and ensuring proposals are based primarily on evidence rather than ideology. Only then can they rightfully claim that “the adults are back in charge”.
- The Coalition’s ‘adults’ are in charge of the country, but it’s time Tony Abbott’s team started growing up:
His (Abbott’s)hands-off, ”adults in charge” approach went too far, revealing a male-heavy government with little positive to say and feet of clay when confronted with new problems.
- Comment: Good thing the adults are back in charge:
I don’t know about you, but I love the adults being back in charge.
Under the previous mob we’d always have to deal with Ministers who didn’t understand their portfolios, sexist abuse being hurled around the parliament, and endless ruminations about leadership speculation.
Good thing those days are behind us, eh?
The sideshow factor has been pretty big this week. It really shouldn’t have been. The Senate Budget Estimate committees were in full swing and there was plenty of fat to chew in those.