Skip to comments.Police clash with protesters as Tony Abbott mobbed (Australian election day)
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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So, is Mr. Abbott conservative or liberal? By US standard, of course.
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???
What were they chanting “Shame, shame” about?
For Australia, Tony Abbott winning is like Stephen Harper winning in Canada.
It’s a good thing.
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.
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.
Shame that a Conservative even dares to breathe.
Sorry, noob. Harper is what Americans would call a “conservative”. So is Abbott.
Not sure what “noob” is, but thanks for the clarification.
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.
Thanks, I am not at all family with the political speak of either Canada or Australia.
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.
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.
family = familiar
Thank you for the explanation.
He sounds like a good man, better than anything we’ve had to choose from in a long time.
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!
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.