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Tony Abbott has finally broken his silence, 14 hours after his party voted against him and he lost his role as Prime Minister.

In a dignified, non-emotional speech, Mr Abbott vowed he would make the change of leadership as smooth as possible – with no wrecking or leaking.

Mr Abbott said, “I am proud of what the Abbott government has achieved, despite the whiteanting.”

He said this included trade agreements, infrastructure spending, probes into union corruption. “The boats have stopped, and with the boats stopped, we’ve been better able to display our compassion to refugees.”

Mr Abbott added that he regretted not finishing his work on Indigenous recognition, and not to be in a position to deal with the growing problems of ice and domestic violence.

He had some comments to make about the state of Australia’s politics:

“The nature of politics has changed in the past decade. We have more polls and more commentary than ever before. Mostly sour, bitter, character assassination. Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country.”

He also hit out at the “febrile” media culture “that rewards treachery”.

“If there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to. Refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife.”

“Finally, I thank my country for the privilege of service. It is humbling to lose, but that does not compare to the honour of being asked to lead.

“In my maiden speech here in this Parliament, I quoted from the first Christian service ever preached here in Australia. The Reverend Richard Johnson took as his text, what shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me? At this, my final statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service. My love for this country is as strong as ever, and may God bless this great Commonwealth.”

Mr Abbott took an unusually long time to make a statement – 14 hours in all. The hashtag #whereisTony has been the top trending hashtag all day.

Tell us, what do you make of Tony Abbott’s final speech? What would you like to say to him in return? 

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  1. A great speach from a loyal and honest man.

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  2. Such a gentleman; he had to put up with so much from the media in his 2 years as PM. It’s a wonder he wasn’t a broken man…

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  3. A real statesman’s speech.

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  4. He finally managed to say a few words without putting his foot in his mouth. Congratulations and goodbye!

  5. Thank you Mr Abbott, you served your country and it’s people well. You were elected by us and should’ve have completed your term. You have left with dignity and I wish you and family all the best.

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  6. Although I wasn’t happy at the way the Liberal Party were governing, I’m disgusted at the way some people have treated Tony Abbott in his demise. We seem to be getting a cruel, bitter and revengeful society.

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    • Oh and what about the way that Julia Gillard was treated by Tony Abbott both as Prime Minister and as a deposed Prime Minister at least she had the good sense to leave immediately .

    • We are becoming a very disrespectful society , nothing to be proud off , some of us older ones should know better ..

    • I could not agree with you more Merylin . Tony Abbot achieved a lot of good things , he was a man of principle unlike many commentators in the media. He is a good person and did no deserve the vexatious comments that he has had to put up with since becoming Prime Minister .

    • Where did the vitriol begin? With Abbott and Murdoch against Julia Gillard. Remember good Tony standing under the large “Ditch the Witch” poster? Karma.

    • Jill Kawalilak You and every journalist know that the sign was placed behind him by a protestor as Mr Abbott was speaking on camera. He did not know it was there! Get your facts right before adding more vitriol!

    • Sorry Jill Kawalilak but if you are going to accuse Tony Abbot for vitriol then you also should mention/include firstly Bill Shorten who got the “knife” out to both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and then Kevin Rudd stupidly stayed in politics to deliberately “get back” at Julia Gillard . The one person that was all in the middle of that spiteful mess was Bill Shorten who did it for his own political gain to become Prime Minster one day . God help Australia if he ever does after what he has done.

    • No it was down to Bill Shorten and the unions, what happened to Julia. It was not Tony Abbotts fault at all she bought it in herself.

    • Why did Julia deserve it? Because you vote Liberal? Abbott started the nastieness, let him wear the consequences

    • So all the Abbott lovers … I have one question? Do you agree we should help bomb Syria and send our young men into battle ?

    • Agghhh iris !! They asked for help in this area , he was dammed if he didn’t and dammed if he did . That is only your opinion . Billy Bob shorten would have no trouble sending planes either , after all he has shown how nice a bloke he is , he eats his own , so why wouldn’t he ?

  7. What an honourable man. Thank you for your service to our country.
    Rest now with your wonderful family. A job well done Sir.

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