Two Years of tony abbott’s Life.

This is an excerpt from “Where there is Smoke” 

The references in square brackets are from that post.






Before we begin this section, here is a portion of the rules and regulations governing the granting of the Rhodes Scholarship. This is from the 2016 edition which is probably the same as the 1980 edition.

1. Application for  Australian Rhodes Scholarships is available to individuals who:
1.1. Are Australian citizens and who have been resident in Australia for at least five of the last ten years;” [44]

Note that this is a requirement for APPLYING for the scholarship.

Abbott was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1980. There has always been a little disbelief that he gained this most prestigious award when he was a mid-range student and a mid-range sportsman.

abbottrhodes1The ABC has thrown a little light onto this conundrum discovering some of the selection committee. [13]

Although there were seven members including three previous scholars, only three people are named on the list.

Sir Roden Cutler, the Governor of NSW and the businessman Richard John Lee (Rhodes Scholar 1971) were joined by the now Chief Justice J. Dyson Heydon (Rhodes Scholar 1974)

The Canberra Times added to the published information. “According to the list, the 1980 panel included Michael Birt, a former vice-chancellor of the University of NSW, war veteran Harold “Jack” Dickinson, who was appointed chair of the NSW Public Service Board in 1971. Academic Alice Erh-Soon Tay was also a member.” [41]

abbottrhodes2The three applicants whose names have been redacted were all honours students. It would be interesting to know just how the mediocre Abbott was able to get the nod from the committee.

Abbott wrote in Battlelines, “As much, I’m sure, through my role in student politics as through academic or sporting prowess, I was chosen as a NSW Rhodes Scholar at the end of 1980.” [42]

In his 2012 essay Political Animal, journalist David Marr, recounts how Mr Abbott “impressed a panel of worthies chaired by the governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler”. “For Anglophiles and rugby players, the Rho­des was died-and-gone-to-heaven time. Winners must be scholars fond of sport who display “moral force of character and instincts to lead”. The award to Abbott came as a surprise, particularly to those who had seen him up close on the SRC. One jibe at the time was, ‘second-grade footballer, third-rate academic and fourth-class politician.’,



This was the year abbott spent three months backpacking through India. John Menadue wrote, “He spent six weeks at the Australian Jesuit mission in Bihar state. He was fascinated by the country’s many contrasts, from its bullock carts to its nuclear power stations.” [10] Samantha Maiden reported in the Daily Telegraph of 1st Feb, 2015 that “TONY Abbott likes to tell the story that he accidentally downed a marijuana-laced lassi in India as a young man and spent 12 hours “off with the fairies’’.” [11]


In 1981, the Fraser government refused permission for the aircraft carrying the Springboks to a tour of New Zealand to refuel on Australian territory. Abbott, however, accepted a rugby scholarship to tour South Africa in what former Federal Labor Minister Barry Cohen described as a “universally acknowledged… promotional tour of Apartheid”. [9]


Anthony John Abbott was born to an English father and a first-generation Australian mother at a general lying-in hospital in York Road, Lambeth, London, on 4 November 1957, his parents did not register him as an Australian infant born overseas or immediately apply for Australian citizenship on his behalf.

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It was not until over twenty years after the family had arrived in Australia as subsidised assisted migrants that Tony Abbott’s parents applied to register his birth with the Dept. of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and apply for his citizenship, in a document/s dated 19 June 1981. This application appears to have been treated as urgent by departmental staff. His parents were subsequently informed in a letter dated 1 July 1981 that Anthony John Abbott was now deemed to be an Australian citizen under Section 11 of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 which allowed citizenship by descent. At this time Tony Abbott was 23 years and 7 months of age and, had either applied for a Rhodes Scholarship or was intending to apply for this scholarship to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. [12]

Read the Full article here – North Coast Voices


approx October 1980 – abbott is granted a Rhodes Scholarship

Sometime in 1981 – possibly before July, abbott toured India and went to South Africa to play rugby.

19th June 1981 he applied for Australia citizenship

1st July 1981 he was granted Australian Citizenship.


There is something unexplained here – WHY was the application treated urgently? How come the son of a dentist began receiving preferential treatment at the age of 23? And why has the record now been put “off the record”?


Found on Facebook, a pictorial question about the timelines of the “Rhodes Scholarship” and the “Citizenship” sections of this tale. [43]



Should we keep this rather explosive information on Social Media, or should it be brought to the attention of our politicians. Remember, if tony goes, he will be replaced by someone more competent!

15 responses to “Two Years of tony abbott’s Life.

  1. I believe the reasons none of the politicians are game enough to go near this ‘hot potato’ is because Abbott might not be the only one in deep trouble about his citizenship & entering our parliament.

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  2. A fair comment but several M’sP have been caught with dual citizenship in the past. They have resigned, stood again for their seat and won it back in every case I know of. The probelm here is that he lied to the Rhode’s Scholarship Selection Board. There were three other candidates who had their dreams, and their future dashed. One or more of them could, justifiably, claim civil damages. The Rhode’s Scholarship Foundation could strip him of his scholarship. There are HUGE ramifications!

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  3. Reblogged this on idontbelieveitagain and commented:
    Don’t tell the others……


  4. Indeed if Tony goes he not only could but most certainly will be replaced with just about anyone who is more competent and more likely to save his party from a certain defeat at the next election. Personally I hope he stares down his critics and thus takes the Coalition to a massive wipe out at the coming election

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  5. we the people know all to much of misleading either parliament or the people BUT as in team sports there is a code of conduct and to open up on one person is to open a Pandora’s box and we all know that will not happen.
    One more comment in today’s society we are told that we should be tolerant and understanding towards all immigrants pity he isn’t both.


  6. Diane Asenoguan

    I had no idea that if you hold dual citizenship you cannot stand for parliament. Unlike natural born Australians I had to think about my loyalty. So only Australian born are entitled to stand for election that kinda makes a mockery of being a citizen
    Australian but only a second class one. Oh but if i am cspable of winning a gold medal you will permit me to be part of the team. As for your Prime Minister who I never would vote for. He is full of bullshit and corruption as are all his cronies.


  7. Diane, if you renounce your “birth citizenship” then you can stand for Parliament. If you choose to hold two citizenships then you cannot. Unlike the system in the USA where the President Must be a natural born citizen here in Australia you can be born overseas but MUST have sole Australian citizenship. Julia Gillard was born overseas but renounced her British Citizenship. Our current PM has not yet revealed whether he has renounced his British citizenship.

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  8. My belief is that Abbott’s life is a lie from beginning to end. I also believe that his MO is to find dirt on whoever can help him get what he wants and he never leaves a slight unpunished in order to keep them all in line. What he did to Slipper is a potent example of what awaits anyone who steps out of line and takes on this power hungry psychopath. His parents helped to create a monster by encouraging his belief that he was “special” in his formative years. The normal rules of society don’t apply to him. Add to this his membership in Opus Dei and we have a very dangerous man as our PM.

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  9. Check out Tony Magareetha’s response to this. He knows about these things … and reckons that Abbot’s Rhodes application was within the rules. TM is the instigator about whether Abbot has renounced his British Citizenship. Haven’t got time ATM to go and find his post about Abbot’s Rhodes application … sorry.


  10. Thanks, you made me go look at the source – now this IS the 2016 version but until someone can show where it changed between 1980 and now, it stands.

    1. Application for Australian Rhodes Scholarships is available to individuals who:
    Are Australian citizens and who have been resident in Australia for at least five of the last ten years;

    Click to access

    That is – to apply you need to be an Australian citizen.


  11. Abbott also led a Pro War Group goading Peace Activists. Abbott was pro Falklands War in 1982. A British War.

    Tony Abbott cannot prove he is not a Dual Citizen. Illegal for him to be in Federal Parliament under “Section 44 i” of the “Australian Constitution”



  12. re Rhodes criteria “moral force of character”: Abbott’s own words on the girlfriend he [thought he] knocked up and did abandon to deal with the condition alone, because “I wanted to keep my priesthood options open”

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    • If she had been well under the age of eighteen his spiritual adviser Cardinal Pell may well have thought it a character reference and a sign that he was ready to join the other priestly abusers without making waves.


  13. Everywhere you look in his life there are questionable moral situations!


  14. What standards the ruling rabble set….

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