And Leigh, it’s the answer I’m giving you because these people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers, but obviously the people who are coming to Australia by boat, they want permanent residency; that’s what they want and this government has given the people smugglers a business model by putting permanent residency on the table. And even though the Government has adopted just one of the Howard Government’s successful policies, it won’t adopt temporary protection visas or the willingness to turn boats around where it’s safe to do so.
Source: ABC – 7:30 report interview
Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.
Tony Abbott, discussing asylum seekers on Q and A.
Source: Q and A program (click transcript tab)
What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price, and their own power bills when they switch the iron on, are going to go up,
Source: SMH – 16 March 2010
Abbott later branded critics ‘hypersensitive’ over this remark – Australian article
That’s interesting. So far I’ve resisted advice to have a facebook site. I reckon it’s hard enough to keep up with your real friends let alone e-friends. It’s not surprising that the PM should be into everything that’s not real – including a faked facebook site.
This was in 2009, so would have been referring to Kevin Rudd as PM.
Source: Daily Telegraph Blog
The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience
Source: Article published on Tony Abbott’s own website, by Tony Abbott, in 2004
If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband. Not withstanding all his or her faults, you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.
Quoted in ABC’s AM program as having been said yesterday on 2 July 2002. Original context unclear.