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Police clash with protesters as Tony Abbott mobbed (Australian election day)
news.com.au ^ | 7th September 2013 | Gemma Jones and Jessica Marszalek

Posted on 09/06/2013 10:25:21 PM PDT by naturalman1975

POLICE have clashed with protesters at a southern Sydney school as Tony Abbott arrived to speak with voters.

He was mobbed by protesters screaming "Shame Abbott, shame" with his security detail forced to move in to push then back.

Liberal supporters surrounded the Opposition Leader chanting "Tony, Tony, Tony."

Just minutes after arriving, Mr Abbott was back in his car with his security detail forcing protesters back to he could reach his car.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia

Protesters surge towards Tony Abbott.
1 posted on 09/06/2013 10:25:21 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

So, is Mr. Abbott conservative or liberal? By US standard, of course.


2 posted on 09/06/2013 10:30:56 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: naturalman1975
Well, is he winning, or losing???

It says he's "liberal" and liberal and conservative mean different things to different countries and even our country in different times. Is he just another gun-grabbing bossy, tyrannical "liberal" like those here, or what???

3 posted on 09/06/2013 10:33:37 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: naturalman1975

What were they chanting “Shame, shame” about?


4 posted on 09/06/2013 10:35:55 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: doc1019; SierraWasp

For Australia, Tony Abbott winning is like Stephen Harper winning in Canada.
It’s a good thing.


5 posted on 09/06/2013 10:36:07 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Still doesn’t tell me anything ... only a good thing for whom? In USA speak, is he conservative or liberal? Give me a break, I am neither Australian or Canadian.


6 posted on 09/06/2013 10:49:58 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: little jeremiah
What were they chanting “Shame, shame” about?

Could be anything - - think of your typical, mooching, low-IQ liberal Democrat protester here in America and you get the idea. Abbot is a "global warming denier" for one thing. Or maybe he wants to scale back on welfare.

7 posted on 09/06/2013 10:50:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Shame that a Conservative even dares to breathe.


8 posted on 09/06/2013 10:50:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: doc1019

Sorry, noob. Harper is what Americans would call a “conservative”. So is Abbott.


9 posted on 09/06/2013 10:51:29 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Not sure what “noob” is, but thanks for the clarification.


10 posted on 09/06/2013 10:54:10 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Sorry - I meant to add a post explaining this but got distracted by a screaming grandchild. Tony Abbott is a conservative - the Liberal Party is Australia’s major conservative party and he’s from the more conservative side of the party - so a genuine conservative.


11 posted on 09/06/2013 10:58:49 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Thanks, I am not at all family with the political speak of either Canada or Australia.


12 posted on 09/06/2013 11:01:21 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: SierraWasp
Well, is he winning, or losing???

Current opinion polls say he'll be Prime Minister by sometime early next week (he doesn't take office until the Governor General swears him in, and that is normally a few days after the election).

And he's a staunch conservative - in Australia, the name 'Liberal Party' was chosen based on its classical definition invoking freedom and liberty, not the one it's evolved to have in more recent times. Like any politician, he's not perfect, but the conservative writing this thinks he's the closest we've had in my lifetime - John Howard, being pushed into a close second.

13 posted on 09/06/2013 11:02:22 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: little jeremiah
What were they chanting “Shame, shame” about?

It's left wing voters objecting to the fact that he wants to crack down on illegal immigration. Other chants heard were "Refugees are welcome, Abbott is not."

It's happened in a strongly left-wing (Labor) electorate. The opinion polls are looking so good for us that Abbott is spending today trying to get votes in traditional Labor seats in the hope of stealing away voters Labor takes for granted.

14 posted on 09/06/2013 11:05:53 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: doc1019

family = familiar


15 posted on 09/06/2013 11:07:55 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: naturalman1975

Thank you for the explanation.

He sounds like a good man, better than anything we’ve had to choose from in a long time.


16 posted on 09/06/2013 11:29:31 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: doc1019
Canada's Harper is considered a screaming liberal on social issues by any American social conservative such as myself. He is the one, for example, who said there would be no challenge to abortion rights during his tenure. Same with gay 'marriage': "Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government has "no intention" of reopening the national debate on same-sex marriage." And yes, the leftists in Canada are even left of Harper.
17 posted on 09/06/2013 11:40:21 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86
Abbott is to the right of Harper on social issues. He's a devout Roman Catholic who is pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. The leftist talking point against him is this guy will "force his religious views on us"
18 posted on 09/07/2013 12:09:50 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: naturalman1975

I am looking forward to the count tonight. I am interested in your take on how the Senate will go - I have spoken to lots of people who have voted below the line for the Senate - I think that means we are going to have more minor parties or independents to deal with!


19 posted on 09/07/2013 12:14:34 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec

Yes, the Senate is going to be interesting - and it does look like a lot of below the line voting has occurred this year, partly because of websites that make it easier.

I’m hoping the Coalition comes out with 36 Senators - more would be nice - and with minor parties on the right (KAP, PUP, and Xenophon as well) get us a Senate that’s easy to work with.


20 posted on 09/07/2013 12:17:32 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

I am hoping to see a swing away from the Greens in the Senate - (not in Vic though) - yes I think the smaller right wing parties might do well.


21 posted on 09/07/2013 12:31:28 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec

I’ve heard that it is mandatory for Australians to vote. Is this true?


22 posted on 09/07/2013 1:40:57 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

Yes it is!


23 posted on 09/07/2013 1:48:00 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec

Don’t you love the greens shooting themselves in the foot...”Tony Abbott scares me”...which of course was all the more reason to give him the vote.PPhht...wankers.


24 posted on 09/07/2013 1:55:10 AM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: mitch5501

Yes gave me the opportunity to say to a few people who repeated it to me “I’m not going to be ruled by fear”. Greens will lose ground to Clive Palmer - OMG

I have never seen Labor fall apart like they did in this election cycle - like any egomaniac KRUDD could not stand to be behind and not popular which caused him to try anything to get more votes rather than sticking to whatever message they had. He looked desperate and childish! He ended up being their Achilles Heel rather than their saviour.

Still we havn’t seen the results yet but I am hopefull.


25 posted on 09/07/2013 2:09:09 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec
"I have never seen Labor fall apart like they did in this election cycle..."

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

26 posted on 09/07/2013 2:24:20 AM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: BillyBoy

Glad to hear it!


27 posted on 09/07/2013 7:37:00 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86
Canada's Harper is considered a screaming liberal on social issues by any American social conservative such as myself.

That is true, but at least he dismissed some of the "gun control" and "global warming" nonsense. Plus, the liberals hate him, so the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

28 posted on 09/07/2013 9:12:57 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Plus, the liberals hate him, so the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

That is true and Harper Derangement Syndrome is very common among leftists up there.

29 posted on 09/07/2013 9:15:40 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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