Tony Abbott

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Tony Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian politician who was the Prime Minister of Australia (18 September 2013 to 15 September 2015) and federal leader of the centre-right Liberal Party of Australia (2009 to 2015).



  • I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.
    • SRC (Students Representative Council) student paper, Sydney University, 1979.
    • Quoted in ABC Four Corners, "The Authentic Mr Abbott" on, March 15, 2010.


  • I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change.
  • If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.


  • Abortion is the easy way out. It’s hardly surprising that people should choose the most convenient exit from awkward situations.
  • The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.


  • I want to make it clear that I do not judge or condemn any woman who has had an abortion, but every abortion is a tragedy and up to 100,000 abortions a year is this generation's legacy of unutterable shame


  • I won't be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated [for cervical cancer], maybe that's because I'm a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard but, look, I won't be



  • If you want to put a price on carbon, why not just do it with a simple tax?
    • Originally stated in an interview with Sky News and Subsequently quoted in " on, July 15, 2009
  • I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak.


  • There is no doubt that (homosexuality) challenges, if you like, orthodox notions of the right order of things,
  • I probably feel a bit threatened, as so many people do.
    • When asked how he felt about homosexuality Quoted in Herald Sun ", March 9, 2010.
  • Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.
  • I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark. The statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared scripted remarks.
  • While I think men and women are equal, they are also different and I think it's inevitable and I don't think it's a bad thing at all that we always have, say, more women doing things like physiotherapy and an enormous number of women simply doing housework
  • I think I would say to my daughters if they were to ask me this question... it [their virginity] is the greatest gift that you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving and don't give it to someone lightly, that's what I would say.
  • We stand for lower, simpler, fairer taxes, not great big new taxes that damage Australia's economy, not great big new taxes that are yet another hit on the cost of living of struggling Australian families.
  • The Coalition will end the waste, repay the debt, stop the big new taxes and, above all else, stop the boats.
  • We are Liberals who believe in smaller government, lower taxes, greater freedom.
  • Climate change argument is absolute crap.


  • It's pretty obvious that, well, sometimes shit happens, doesn't it?
  • This government thinks that somehow you can build prosperity with new taxes. No country ever got rich by increasing taxation. No country ever built a strong economy by clobbering itself with tax after tax after tax.
  • There is one fundamental message that we want to go out from this place to every nook and cranny of our country: There should be no new tax collection without an election.


  • These people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers


  • No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS
  • All of the boats in question were in the Indonesian search and rescue zone and I want the fullest possible cooperation between Indonesia and Australia in places where Indonesia has, if you like, the legal responsibility under the law of the sea, but Australia has more practical capacity to help.
  • Indonesia is a country for which I have a great deal of respect and personal affection based on my own time in Indonesia. I want nothing, but the best for Indonesia, and I certainly want, Leigh, I certainly want the boats stopped and that is overwhelmingly in the interests of both our countries.



The religion of Islam must reform (December 9, 2015)[edit]

The religion of Islam must reform, The Daily Telegraph (December 9, 2015)
  • Dealing with terrorism and the Islamist fanaticism that inspires it is the great challenge of our time. Obviously there needs to be a very strong security response at home and abroad.
  • The security response is necessary but it’s not sufficient. There also needs to be a concerted “hearts and minds” campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists.
  • Although most Muslims utterly reject terrorism, some are all too ready to justify “death to the infidel”.
  • We can’t remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam.
  • Islam never had its own version of the Reformation and the Enlightenment or a consequent acceptance of pluralism and the separation of church and state. Fortunately there are numerous Muslim leaders who think their faith needs to modernise from the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Mohammed.
  • Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to “behead all those who insult the Prophet” but only Muslims can do this. That’s why everyone interested in a safer world should be reaching out to “live and let live” Muslims and encouraging them to reclaim their faith from the zealots.
  • It’s also time Australians stopped being apologetic about the values that have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on Earth.
  • Where hate preaching is not illegal it should at least be thoroughly answered point-by-point with a very robust defence of human rights and responsibilities.
  • Cultures are not all equal. We should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.


  • Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West. Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia – that have forgotten the scriptures about man created 'in the image and likeness of God' and charged with 'subduing the earth and all its creatures' – could have made such a religion out of it.

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