Abbott, Hockey, and the height of arrogance 248



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Right now Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey, and indeed the entire Liberal front bench are boycotting the ABC show Q&A. But not so very long ago, they were strongly anti-boycott.

In 2012 radio personality Alan Jones caused a stir when he said that then PM Julia Gillard her father had “died of shame over his daughter’s lies”.

Mr Abbott, then Opposition leader, labelled Jones’ comments ”wrong, unacceptable, offensive. It’s very important that we conduct our political debate in civil language”.

Though he criticised the comments, Abbott continued to appear on the Alan Jones program, saying:

I am certainly not going to ignore an audience of half a million people in Sydney.

We don€’t run jihads against the people we don’€™t agree with. We simply take the ordinary course of action open to us. If you don’t like The Sydney Morning Herald, you don’t buy it. You don’t run a jihad against it. This is the problem. I mean, in the end, in a robust democracy – there’s got to be a range of views. We will better come at truth the more vigorous the debate is beforehand and I just think there is a real problem at the moment with trying to shout down people who you don’€™t agree with.

But the Labor party did not appear on the show. Labor MPs did not appear on the Alan Jones radio show for six months.

Mr Hockey said labelled the boycott ”the height of arrogance to say you’re going to boycott some sort of radio show that has an audience of 5, 6, 700,000 Australians.”.

Cut to the present day, and the Prime Minister has issued a blanket directive that his front bench not appear on ABC’s Q&A TV show. Coincidentally, Q&A is watched each week by almost 800,000 viewers.

Do you think EITHER political party is wrong to boycott ANY media outlet? Is a boycott just a convenient way to control any debate over any issue?

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  1. just like children throwing a tantrum when they can’t get their own way. Unless you run out and sing The Liberal tune they will punish you. But that punishment has made them the laughing stock of Australia. They now have put themselves in a position where they have no representation and no voice on one of the most popular tv shows 🙂 Swing voters watch the ABC and all they hear are the ALP and the Greens:)

  2. I don’t think we have ever had such a bigger pair of fools running the country, they spent days advertising Q&A, before the penny finally dropped that instead of turning people off the show, people were turning it on to see what was going on..hypocrites and fools run this country

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    • So true Libbi, I’ve never watched it much before because of the time it’s on & having to get up early for work, but after all his carry on about it I’ve started watching to see what’s going on & it’s generated a lot of discussion about his stance & from what I’ve heard from people he’s made a bad decision.

    • for sure Lyn, I know who are now watching who never did, The Liberals really shot themselves in the foot. It is good to see haha

    • I’ve been watching this boring Royal Commission cauldron most of the time too. Then during the RC break I watch the TV journalists ” take” on proceedings.I don’t think they were watching the same RC as I was.

  3. Of course this is a Labor site now, so why would anyone else say anything, if you disagree ,you get called names et , I have been thinking for years QAnd A. Were a disgrace, They always manage to drag out the weirdest ,unknown rat bags ,but as long as they vote Labor. Are OK. If Libs were allowed to speak,would be ok, but Jones. Cuts them off and others. Just go on and on.

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    • I like to watch Q & A as it is my decision and intelligence to work out for myself. Not dictated to by people who have tunnel vision! I look at both sides of the debate and learn which some fail to do.

    • Initially I thought Q&A would be a breath of fresh air….. Disappointed a-gain. Don’t watch anymore…. Keep blood pressure in check.

    • well many do Bronwen, and the ABC aplogised, I don’t think they should have..we are supposed to have free speech..but only if you agree with The Liberal Party

    • If you don’t like the show fine..I won’t watch Bolt or listen to any of the shock jocks, I turn them have a remote if you don’t like it change the channel but don’t try to dictate to others what their viewing should be

    • I do not trust politicians of ANY stripe & journalists are largely puppets. The whole world is weird & I just scratch my head most of the time.

    • I agree with everything you say, when I post any comment that doesn’t agree with Labor voters say I get bombarded , they believe everyone has freedom of speech as long you agree with them

    • Dawn I doubt if all the overseas guests vote labor.

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