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Tony Abbott ignoring, walking or hiding away from questions

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Published on Jul 1, 2012

In this collage are instances of Tony Abbott ducking from questions that cover:

- His stance on coal seam gas exploration on farming land (0.07)
- Clarifying the context of his own statements (1.01)
- Opposition collusion on the Qantas strike (1.08)
- Whether he will compromise on asylum seeker policy (2.06)
- Again, failing to clarify the context of his words (2.20)
- Tony Abbott sincerely states he is trying his best to be accessible to the public, and then 5 minutes later walks off to the dismay of a reporter (5.01)


As well as evidence of Tony Abbott and fellow Coalition Front Benchers avoiding the media:

- Since the last election campaign in 2010, he has failed to appear on QandA despite repeat offers, while the Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been on twice (3.02)
- He has not appear on Lateline for a long form interview (3.36)
- He has not appeared on ABC Insiders, and neither had any Coalition members 7 programs into 2012 (3.46)
- Senator Barnaby Joyce has been prevented twice from appearing on Channel Ten's Meet The Press by Tony Abbott because it is a "dangerous" program (4.06)


Bonus:

- Tony Abbott's distinction between the the SchoolKids Bonus and the Baby Bonus

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