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Tony Abbott on Q&A August 16, 2010

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Published on Jul 14, 2011

In this clip from Q&A, Tony Abbott talks about Climate Change and discusses his policy (well, kind of).

Tony Abbott also says: "..has been almost as emphatic as Kevin Rudd has been about the need for urgent action and yet she's completely squibbed any serious policy. "

Hmmm. Interesting. Was Tony Abbott suggesting that Gillard should implement some form of climate change policy?

Tony Abbott also says: "We'll get there but you just don't know where you stand with the Prime Minister on this subject and this idea that you've going to go to some kind of a citizens' assembly, I mean that's, quite frankly, laughable. It's an abdication of leadership. We do have a 150 strong citizens' assembly. It's called a parliament and that's what should be making this decision. "

Very interesting. On one hand, he demands that we have a plebiscite (wasting $70+ million dollars in the process), whereas just last year, he was saying that it's up to Parliament to make these decisions.

Well, what is it Tony?

Tony Abbott goes on to say: "...How big a part, well, let the scientists argue about that. In the end I'm not going to, I guess, try to challenge their scientific expertise."

Interesting statement. Why? Because as we all know, he ignores the scientists and he ignores the economists.

I refer you to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NrJIL...

Adam: "Ummm - essentially, in the past you've bagged the Climate scientists. Yesterday I think you bagged economists who backed the tax...um...who would you listen to out of the experts..."

Tony Abbott: "The public".

Adam: "...who know more about this?"

Tony Abbott: "The public."

Adam: "The public. What do the public know about this Tony, other then fear that a lot of people have been instilled with?"

Tony Abbott: "In a democracy Adam, in a democracy, in the end the people are sovereign. And I don't accept this line that the people are incapable of making an intelligent and informed judgement".

No arguments there - Australians can be quite intelligent and make their own decisions - except perhaps when they are subjected to a fear campaign and are lied to, deceived and mislead.

According to Tony Abbott, people in a "citizens assembly" don't have a right to say anything, and he thinks it should be left up to Parliament to decide - but when it doesn't suit Tony Abbott, the people should have the right to decide because they know more about climate change than the scientists, and they obviously no more about the economy than economists.

I'm guessing that with Tony Abbott, it depends on public opinion polls.

I'm also going to assume that the next time Tony Abbott has to go to the doctor, he's actually going to visit a shop assistant.

After all, who needs to consult the experts?

And from now on, each and every single Liberal Party policy for future Governments will be decided by the Australian people, and not the Liberal Party.

I propose that from now on, every ballot paper should have a section with every single policy listed on it.

Each policy needs to be voted on and the policy can only be implemented IF the majority of the Australian electorate also support it.

No other policies - no matter how important - can no longer be implemented unless they have been specifically voted on by the Australian electorate.

After all, isn't this how Tony Abbott's democracy now works?

Otherwise, Tony Abbott would just be a hypocrite.

Tony Abbott: "In a democracy Adam, in a democracy, in the end the people are sovereign. And I don't accept this line that the people are incapable of making an intelligent and informed judgement".

You can see the original Q&A episode (in full) here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s2...

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