One of my daily reads is a blogger who calls himself “ Possum Comitatus”. An Australian political poll analyser he puts out his interesting prognostications on “Pollytics“, one of the Crikey.com blogs.
Having a quiet wonky* read yesterday I followed a link he was sharing.
Surprise, surprise. Not only political but historical, here was a newly discovered interview with Australian Leader of the Opposition and would-be Prime Minister, Tony Abbott as a 22 year old, way back in 1979.
I listened because I thought it would be interesting to see how he had changed in the intervening years. You know. Like the Aristide Briand quote: “The man who is not a socialist at twenty has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at forty he has no head.”
I listened with a sinking heart. The man has not changed from the youth. He began with a self-centred destructive attitude and he has not altered that attitude. If he has a talent, it is to destroy the work of other people. He was aggressive, rude and destructive as a youth. He is aggressive, rude and destructive as a mature politician.
Anyway, have a listen to this interview from 1979 and make up your own mind. It is around 13 minutes long.
Then, should you want a bit of a clue as to where this election is going, head on over to Pollytics and see what he makes of all the different polls to which we are subjected. Of great interest are the sidebar graphs and compilations.
Lifted from a comment on the Pollytics article is the following.
Malcom Turnbull, in those days, was a journo with the Bulletin.
In a 1978 article he had this to say:
“The leading light of the right wingers in New South Wales is twenty-year-old Tony Abbott. He has written a number of articles… (which have) given him a stature his rather boisterous and immature rhetoric doesn’t really deserve. Abbott is opposed to any legalisation of homosexuality and generally presents an old fashioned DLP image)”
In 1979, in a student newspaper, Abbott himself was writing: “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”
You will find references to both in Liz Jackson portrait of him on Four Corners back in March this year. See http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2010/s2846485.htm”
*wonk – not what you first thought you Perv! It actually in a noun, not a verb. “An expert who studies a subject or issue thoroughly and excessively.” Wonky is much more pretentious as in a pretend expert. That’s me.