The Arsonist of Democracy and Decency

Australians, last week, watched in despair (at least I hope they did) as the conservative right wing side of politics reached depths of ugliness never before seen in Australian politics.
That menu, Sattler and Devine with their obsession about female body parts and sexuality, (I’m surprised Bernardi hasn’t thrown in a barb or two) disgraced not only themselves, but the world’s impression of us as a people.
Robust political verbal battles are not something new.
But this new gutter level ugliness that has pervaded our political discourse from the day the Independents gave the nod to Julia Gillard to take the reins of Government, is.
Abbott lit the fire, fanned the flames, became the gale that turned it into an inferno, sat back and watched it rage – and now – like many arsonists, has jumped on the fire truck to be one of the heroes to put it out.
Whereas Howard let the racist genie out of the bottle, Abbott has let the ugly, bullying sexist genie out of the bottle.
From the moment Abbott lost the Prime Ministership, he has set about bringing down this minority Government and destroying the credibility of Julia Gillard.
His ugly rantings in Parliament, vicious verbal attacks and the credence he gave to the use of vile language against the Prime Minister when standing in front of “those” placards – has given permission to all those right wing, vicious haters of Labor and in particular women, to come out of the closet, put up their hands and voice publicly and loudly – what was once only ever said in the privacy of ones home or in a sniggering, sexist conversation at the pub – snide, degrading, dirty comments.
He has sat back and watched whilst his minions have perpetrated some of the most contemptible attempts to bring down a democratically Government in our history. He has branded this minority Government illegitimate (without acknowledging that had he been given the nod -according to his own theory – he too, would have led an illegitimate Government!) – and has ranted incessantly that it is a “bad” Government.
In doing so, he then delegated authority to his band of right wing lunatics to pursue this method of degradation of the Prime Minister to it’s utmost.
He – and them – have all but succeeded.
Like all bullies, Abbott has caused the brutal debasement, then stepped back and said “it wasn’t me!”
In fact, he is now attempting to ride in like a hero on a white horse to save us from this dreadful woman.
What Abbott has done is evil.
It is fascism in all its glory. (
He and his team have been extremely clever and manipulative beyond belief – with a complicit media chanting his lies and deceit – brainwashing a politically naive electorate into believing he is their savior.
This is a man who will do and say anything, play any game, manipulate any situation, flame any fire then sit back and watch the hordes fall for it – laughing hysterically like a madman all the way to Lodge.
The truth be known – and it’s something the main stream media refuse to tell you because of their complicity with Abbott – is – this Government – for all it’s leadership problems – has been a remarkably successful Government passing over 600 pieces of legislation and introducing some of the most progressive policy reforms since Whitlam e.g. price on carbon, NBN, Aged Care Reform, Gonksi, NDIS, unprecedented pension increases.
Abbott and his cohorts may well ride into power on the back of one of the most deceitful, untruthful, ugliest, unscrutinized and most vicious campaigns in history.
Abbott must take responsibility for turning this nations political discourse into what it’s become.
Rather than respecting the decision of the Independents, respecting democracy, respecting the fact that he lost, respecting a woman as Prime Minister, respecting the fact that the Australian people deserve better from an Opposition and it’s supporters other than spitting venom every opportunity – Abbott is responsible for fanning the flames of hatred and turning this nation into a nation of ugliness.
If he can’t be Prime Minister, he would rather burn every sense of decency and respect rather than let a woman, a successful Labor woman at that, be the leader of our country.
He hates her, and the fact that it is she, and not him, who is Prime Minister, that much.
It’s like a cancer eating away it him.
Is this the sort of man we want to lead?
Some one who can produce poisonous ugliness at the drop of a hat (and then pretend it didn’t happen and/or he wasn’t party to it) – but no policies?
Because if it is, this nation is uglier, sicker and sadder than what I thought.


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shirley Green
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 13:25:54

    I agree with every word of this article. I have never been more depressed by the state of Australian politics as I have since our PM has been leader. It should be a joy that she is leading this country but Abbott and his cohorts have made it a misery. This is coupled with the fact that revengeful Rudd has snidely kept snaking his way in to prominence and loyalty to the PM within the Labor Party has been poor.


    • denniallen
      Jun 18, 2013 @ 16:16:46

      Thanks Shirley – had to be said…no one else saying it. 🙂


    • Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle)
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 15:36:28

      Shirley, you & I know what to do about it on the 14th September. It is our responsibility to engage others in the general public sphere and find out how much they are aware of what is happening.
      If we want someone to ‘buy’ what we are saying, we need to find out what ‘their’ needs are & if those needs are being met. We can then find out how ‘they’ would be affected if TA & his mob decided to scrap the gains that ‘they’ have been privileged to receive since our current government came to power.
      These are the conversations we should be having with anyone & everyone.
      Talk about the policies the Gov. are progressing with, then the lack of policies by the Opposition.

      As for the drama being played out for we the poor suckers who have to be subjected to day after day – well, it is after all created by the most devious self serving, cunning playwrite of them all, Rupert Murdoch. He throws scraps of opinion to his minions, they in turn treat it as if it were supposed to be News?

      Then there is the question of the ‘love affair’ that both Julie Biship & Kevin Rudd seem to have. JB has been playing KR like a big fish. Actually they both like to play the same game ( does also like to wear blue ties). JB uses QT in parliament to use KR in trying to bait the PM. If you can step back & watch for a little while you begin to see just what an act all of these shinnigans are and how it is designed to tittilate & enrage us all, to keep us from discussing the real issues.

      I don’t know about everyone else, but I, for one, do not want Murdoch/TA/LNP to take hold of this country and I will defend the PM & her ministers with as much might as I can muster. (I think that I should have included Reinhart/Fairfax in the above mix as well).


  2. Joanne Shields
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 13:59:15

    I wonder. How much farther backwards can we go.


  3. edward eastwood
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 14:58:25

    You can fool some people all of the time etc…But just by reading the blogs over the last few days, and I see more and more new ones emerging, saying similar things to this one, Abbott and his cohorts especially those in the mainstream media aren’t really fooling anybody. What they don’t seem to realize is that the more strident they become, the more they alienate the electorate. The conservatives, who are not really conservative but are in fact reactionaries have overstepped the mark and all of their posturing won’t change the facts which as you point out, are that this government has made some remarkable achievements during its term, not only in domestic policy (single mothers switched from parenting allowance to Newstart aside), as well as internationally especially where China/Australia relations are concerned (that one was buried on page 6). They have made these achievements in the face of the utmost adversity both from without and within.
    So let the MSM rail and do their worst. The harder they push, the more determined most thinking people become to cast their vote in the opposite direction.


  4. Heather (@HEB2205)
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 15:05:09

    Keep fighting folks. It’s critical


  5. Saaq Madiq
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 16:08:02

    Great factual and truthful article. The vile and vicious Abbott and his band of misfits are a definite threat to our democracy. And his mendacious mates in in the Main Sleaze Media have been in on the fix since day one making them equal in the threat to our democracy. We must never give up against these nasty,vile, vicious creeps ever.


  6. Heather
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 20:31:10

    Lol, I admire your passion Denise and agree with much of what you say, but you are completely wide of the mark and so missing the point, it is not funny. Research, Labor’s own research as well, show the number one reason people dislike Gillard is not to do with Abbott, but because people cannot, and WILL NOT forgive her for taking our Prime Minister away from us. It was like 1975, only it was Labor caucus that stole our much-loved PM. Women like myself, will always HATE her for that and will never, and I mean never, get over it. Regardless of any sexism from Abbott and his side, people hate Gillard because she is a thoroughly unlikeable person. She is putting self-interest before the interests of our country. She is all like, ok, if I go down in the election, I’m taking you *all* with me, before I’d resign my job. She is clinging to the title because she is so selfish and power-hungry, that she doesn’t care who it hurts, how many lose their seats, how many workers will suffer under Abbott. I believe she is a spiteful, vindictive and selfish b er, woman. We want our Kevin back. He is the ONLY person standing in the way of an Abbott govt. If Gillard was any sort of leader at all, she’d put the PARTY and the COUNTRY *before* her need for a title. Even a few left wing ‘small l’ liberals I know say Abbott scares them and they’d prefer Turnbull, BUT, if Rudd were to come back and it was Rudd vs Abbott, Rudd Labor would have their vote. You like many Gillard supporters are so blind to what is really happening out there and the reason. I have no doubt Abbott has made a few men turn against Gillard, but the overwhelming majority of people are against her because she took our Prime Minister from us, the People’s Prime Minister and can’t forgive her for that or for her stubborn selfishness in putting her living in the Lodge before the sake of the party as a whole and the country as a whole. As Phillip Adams said it, JG is JG’s enemy. Its her, not Abbott. We want Kevin back, and we will never give in. #WomenForKevin


    • denniallen
      Jun 18, 2013 @ 20:59:33

      Actually Heather, Julia was the person the majority of the caucus voted to replace Rudd. So if you are going to blame anyone blame them. That said, I have always thought the way it was handled was appalling. If they had a problem with him they should have given him 3 months to pull up his socks or that would happen. Rudd does have an extraordinary public persona but you and I weren’t there to see what it was like to work with him. Hopefully whatever the issues were he has learnt from them.
      But Abbott has been on the biggest dummy spit of all time. The viciousness the LNP have displayed over the past 3 years is unprecedented in political battles. All due to the fact Abbott wasnt given the nod by the independents. You have your hatred toward her -you are entitled to your opinion, but Abbott IS to blame for the vile discourse.


      • Heather
        Jun 18, 2013 @ 21:15:52

        Caucus didn’t vote for her as there was no vote (talking June 2010 when Kevin was rolled), Kevin resigned his commission creating a spill and Gillard was the only contender. I think if Crean, or Shorten, or Smith or Plibersek etc stood, anyone else stood, they would have been elected unopposed. You are right in that many/most of the cabinet wanted to roll him, thus I feel anyone would have gotten the nod, not just Gillard, it just so happens she was the only one at the time. It was out of desperation and necessity, not any regard for Gillard herself. He sincerely apologised for any hurt he caused those in his ministry, and I believe he has changed. I think the humiliating result of the spill last year has made him pull his head in and come down off his horse. That said, I do agree with you that Abbott has fanned and created an opportunity for the vile discourse.

      • denniallen
        Jun 18, 2013 @ 21:25:50

        Heather no one can be leader of the party without majority support. The majority of the caucus supported her so Rudd didn’t contest. Had there been a vote she would have won. Rudd knew he didn’t have the numbers. And dont presume just because I write an article about LNP viciousness toward her that I am either a Gillard or Rudd supporter. I support the party not one person. I also don’t care who the leader is its about the party and it’s policies. Both of them have their own individual admirable qualities.

    • hilderombout
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 10:06:24

      Heather, i think you let your hatred blind you. Hatred never makes for rational thinking. Kevin Rudd was given the choice of a vote at the time and he cowardly did not take it. And it is the Caucus who choses a leader. He again lost when Julia Gillard gave him the opportunity to return to the leadership and for the MP’s to vote for him and again he lost. He is the one who should put the party before his ego and let the party govern instead of creating so much havoc that they might lose come September 14. I am sorry you feel about JG as you do, but please look at what she has achieved for Australia.


    • Ian
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 13:45:05

      Heather your statements about hating Gillard for “taking away” “our” Prime Minister just shows how the media narrative has got to you. Let me summarise it for you: under our system of government, the party that wins the election is responsible for choosing its leader. That leader becomes the PM. If the leader changes, the PM changes. There’s sweet FA we can do about it, becuase that’s the way our system works. It happened with Hakw-Keating, why it even happened this year in the NT and Victoria (both leaders were knifed, but presumably because they are coalition governments we weren’t fed all the bullshit that goes with it).


  7. Trevor
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 23:05:45

    My thoughts exactly Denise. I doubt I’ve ever seen a bunch of people projecting this degree of hatred. It’s imperative that people of good will do all they can to prevent the unthinkable happening. The international press is already taking note and I can’t help feeling a sense of shame at what is being said.


  8. bilko
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 09:03:09

    Fully support your post and I despair that the Labor caucus has lost its backbone and are considering replacing Julia (Wonder Woman) with the spineless jellyfish. To accept the manipulated polls by an old man in New York who will be expecting his quid pro quo if Abbott is successful. Do they ever speak to their constituents


  9. hannahquinn
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:48:45

    Reblogged this on The Kettle Press and commented:
    This is the truth. It is not longer about who has the favoured policies, but about a man using every dirty tactic because he didn’t win an election. It is what he has done in the past when he’s lost any vote, as it is well known from his university days. He is a bully, a thug, a liar and a person too disreputable to ever become the leader of a country.


  10. hannahquinn
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:55:24

    Sadly, I agree with you, Denise. If ever there was an individual more incapable, unsuitable, more unworthy of leading the country, they’ve not yet stepped forward. From his days at uni until now, Tony Abbott has repeatedly demonstrated that the only leading his does, and therefore must be deemed to able to do, is the pack mentality, the rabble, the lynch mob. I despair at the very thought of him ever becoming PM. If he does, and I’m not convinced he will, Australia will enter a very dark period indeed.

    I’ve reblogged your post to The Kettle Press.


  11. MML
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 12:38:56

    Great article Denise – thank you. As a Queenslander enduring a Fascist State Government I despair at what Political discource may be like if Blabbot becomes PM


    • denniallen
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 13:05:49

      Thank you Liz – I can’t imagine what its like to live in Qld at the moment. Newman is a pre curser to Abbott – I just wish people would wake up! 🙂


  12. Dianne
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 14:37:39

    Heather, why do you hold a torch for Kevin Rudd? It is claimed that there is great affection for him. I am sceptical of course. I don’t understand why JG has been bagged so unmercifully for becoming PM after Caucus toppled him. It appeared she was doing much of the work anyway. ‘Bring out your dead’, she would holler when she was standing in for an absent PM Rudd and frustrated ministers would seize the opportunity to see her about all manner of matters because they had not been able to get an appointment to see Rudd. you know as well as I do that many who have tried to work with Rudd have found him impossible. I have never seen his appeal. My antenna flashes warning lights every time I see his picture.


  13. cartoonmick
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 18:42:22

    I dread the years following Abbott becoming PM. The Gillard government was not all that spectacular, but it’s nothing compared to the top end of town circus were are about to endure.

    On your way to the ballet box, people, just be careful what you wish for.

    Do not consider what you DONT WANT, but look carefully at what you “WILL” get !!

    Anyhow it’s all good material for myself and fellow political cartoonists…..




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