Tony Abbott - Comedian extraordinaire

Tony Abbott thinks a $1.85b carbon tax will destroy the economy, but a $2.5 billion deficit levy will save us from a 'crisis' and a $5.5 billion hit to the budget to pay mothers to take a 6 month break from the workforce will boost the economy. As a Prime Minister he makes for a great comedian.

In trying to understand Tony Abbott’s approach to policy, it’s best not to try to fit it to some economic framework or ideologically consistent lens of logic. Instead, think of him as a stand-up comedian or maybe a vaudeville performer.

He’s basically just ad-libbing in response to the crowd, trying a variety of stunts in the hope they’ll get some laughter and applause.


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