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Monday, August 22, 2005

Tony Abbott Wusses Out

ABC 702 is reporting that Federal Terrier Tony Abbott has withdrawn from his hotly anticipated debate on the topic of voluntary student unionism with Shadow Health Minister Julia Gillard at the University of Sydney this afternoon, saying he was `not confident that police could protect his personal safety'.

Was this against attacks from students, or against Julia Gillard, who was so clearly going to wipe the floor with him?

In the interests of fair and balanced journalism, I will admit that Abbott jumped on the advice of NSW Police, who advised him that he'd be torn limb from limb if he turned up, but I will make two observations:

1) Abbott, who claims he was `devastated' about the recommendation, is getting very good at a style of politics perfected by his mentor, one J. W. Howard, which I call `The Art of Permission'; viz - carefully let a big fat controversial debate break loose around you, watch as everyone else's hands get dirty, watch as the people on your side blacken the names of your enemies by implication, then come in at the end and say `It's only right and good that we have this debate.'

2) It's interesting to note that Julia Gillard was not similarly informed that gangs of pro-VSU protesters were similarly poised to toss her off the balcony at Manning Bar ...

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