110+ Tony Abbott Quotes On Education, Politics And Voice
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- I think that people should come to Australia through the front door, not through the back door. If people want a migration outcome, they should go through the migration channels.
- I would not want to see any relaxation of the law prohibiting human cloning.
- Abortion is the easy way out. It’s hardly surprising that people should choose the most convenient exit from awkward situations.
- We accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.
- Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.
- No one, however smart, however well-educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom.
- We just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice.
- Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country's British heritage
- To be sociable, I puffed on a marijuana cigarette, but I didn't inhale...I just hate the idea of drawing smoke into my lungs.
- Voluntary paid maternity leave: yes; compulsory paid maternity leave: over this Government’s dead body, frankly. It just won’t happen.
Tony Abbott Short Quotes
- I don't think it's a very Christian thing to come in by the back door rather than the front door.
- I think it's time for the Prime Minister to stop making excuses and to start governing.
- The climate change argument is absolute crap
- I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change.
- The only thing I wouldn't do is sell my arse.
- When the world is in trouble, Australia responds. Australia is a good, global citizen.
- We've got to maintain freedom of navigation of the seas and in the air.
- I'm focused on doing the job the treasurer should do.I don't respond to gossip.
- There's a sense in which politicians can never work hard enough.
- They've changed the salesman but they haven't changed the product.
Tony Abbott Quotes On Life
Even potential human life needs to be treated with great respect. — Tony Abbott
I just think that this whole issue of creating potential human life, not to give life, but to give the scientists a bit more of a leg-up, is fraught with danger. — Tony Abbott
We shouldn't be willy-nilly creating potential human life just to satisfy the urges of the scientific community. — Tony Abbott
Now if you are condemned to life on welfare, I'm not so sure that being in a bigger welfare village is that much better than being in a smaller welfare village. — Tony Abbott
I'm not really managing the work-life balance, I'm just accepting that the work increases and the ordinary life has to decrease when you're the prime minister. — Tony Abbott
I think my wife and my kids are incredibly good to allow me to stay in public life given that they have to cop a whole lot of collateral attention that, being human, they'd rather not get. — Tony Abbott
Why isn’t the fact that 100,000 women choose to end their pregnancies regarded as a national tragedy approaching the scale, say, of Aboriginal life expectancy being 20 years less than that of the general community? — Tony Abbott
I mean there are many, many people in all sorts of different countries who don't have a great life, who are subject to injustice. Are we obliged to take all of them who come here? I think the answer is 'Not necessarily.' — Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott Quotes On Politics
There's always a lot happening. I mean, that's the thing about politics: it's just one damn thing after another! — Tony Abbott
I do not regard myself as a Christian politician. I regard myself as a politician who just happens to think religion matters. I would be appalled, absolutely appalled, to think religion drove anyone's politics in a secular democracy like ours. — Tony Abbott
When you are challenging the young, they can come back at you with language of tremendous power and they are no respecters of sacred cows, you know, the young. There's nothing politically correct about the average young Australian when it comes to use of language. — Tony Abbott
I think there is no doubt that the advent of 24/7 news channels, which are voracious in their demand for constant new content, has accelerated the political process. The rise of social media, in addition to talkback, I think has intensified the political process. — Tony Abbott
I think leadership is knowing what you want to achieve and then purposefully and sensibly taking steps to achieve it, remembering always that you have got to bring people with you if you are seeking to be a successful political leader. — Tony Abbott
The argument [behind climate change] is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger. — Tony Abbott
Faith is important to me. It's important to millions of Australians. It helps to shape who I am. It helps to shape my values. But it must never, never dictate my politics. — Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott Famous Quotes And Sayings
I also think that if you want to put a price on carbon, why not just do it with a simple tax? Why not ask motorists to pay more, why not ask electricity consumers to pay more and then at the end of the year you can take your invoices to the tax office and get a rebate of the carbon tax you've paid — Tony Abbott
I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak. — Tony Abbott
The thing about social media is that it is anonymous, so it can be much more vitriolic and extreme than normal media and yet it is there for everyone to see. It is kind of like electronic graffiti. The political process is accelerated and intense in a way that I don't believe it ever really has been before. — Tony Abbott
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 ... 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. — Tony Abbott
The smart way to improve broadband is not to junk the existing network but to make the most of it. It’s to let a competitive market deliver the speeds that people need at an affordable price with government improving infrastructure in the areas where market competition won’t deliver it. — Tony Abbott
The fact is that I'm interested in getting on with my job of holding the Government to account and I think that the Government should get on with the job of effectively running the country and not making excuses for poor performance, not lowering expectations. Their job is to deliver on their election commitments. — Tony Abbott
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. — Tony Abbott
There may not be a great job for [Aboriginal people] but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done. — Tony Abbott
Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage. — Tony Abbott
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. — Tony Abbott
While I think men and women are equal, they are also different and I think it's inevitable and I don't think it's a bad thing at all that we always have, say, more women doing things like physiotherapy and an enormous number of women simply doing housework. — Tony Abbott
I'm not saying that people on welfare don't contribute in their own way, but as many as possible should be encouraged to be economically active as well as socially and culturally active. — Tony Abbott
Both Mum and Dad were converts to Catholicism, and normally if you convert to Catholicism you have thought about it more than someone who just grew up with it, taking it for granted. — Tony Abbott
I want to make it clear that I do not judge or condemn any woman who has had an abortion, but every abortion is a tragedy and up to 100,000 abortions a year is this generation's legacy of unutterable shame. — Tony Abbott
I want to be a very good friend to Indonesia, but there are some things which are non-negotiable. Border protection is just non-negotiable. Maintaining a strong security network is just non-negotiable. I think the Indonesians understand that. — Tony Abbott
Part of my role, I suppose, is to run government business in the House of Representatives, and try to ensure that people know exactly what's going on in the Chamber is an important part of that. — Tony Abbott
I'm still getting my exercise at five o'clock in the morning, that's good. So far I've managed to hold on to a bike ride on Saturday or Sunday morning, probably at least two weekends out of three. — Tony Abbott
I am a model of positivity compared to the kinds of vitriol, the kinds of destructive criticisms that Labor members of parliament have been making of each other. — Tony Abbott
Victory is within our ready grasp...We are in reach of a famous victory — Tony Abbott
Oppositions are not there to get legislation through. Oppositions are there to hold the government to account. — Tony Abbott
Putting labels on people is so counter-productive. Most of us on some issues could be considered conservative, on other issues could be considered progressive, on other issues might be thought of as being moderate, on other issues might be thought of as being rather forthright. — Tony Abbott
I am in favour of the notion of Australia as an immigrant society — Tony Abbott
I can't promise that I won't continue to embarrass people. — Tony Abbott
The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion and now this matter is behind us, we think that when you elect a government, when you elect a prime minister, you deserve to keep that government and that prime minister until you have a chance to change your mind. — Tony Abbott
In the era of mobile phones and emails, you're no more out of the loop in China than you are in Sydney. — Tony Abbott
So, my friends, in a week or so the Governor-General will swear in a new government. — Tony Abbott
The sky is where mathematics and magic become one. — Tony Abbott
The only party which is going to increase taxes after the election is the Labor Party. — Tony Abbott
Look, good government doesn't look for excuses, good government gets on with the job. — Tony Abbott
A bit of body contact never hurt anyone. — Tony Abbott
My commitment to the forgotten families of Australia is to ease your cost of living pressure — Tony Abbott
What I would like to see is sufficiently good education and health services being delivered to Aboriginal people so that they are prepared and ready to leave and join the economic mainstream if that's their choice. — Tony Abbott
I think all senior politicians tend to be rather more subtle then the commentators would have it. It is a natural tendency for human beings to try to classify. We all have this classification urge - so and so is such and such, that person is in that camp - but look, most sophisticated people defy stereotype. — Tony Abbott
This is a government which is proposing to put at risk our manufacturing industry, to penalise struggling families, to make a tough situation worse for millions of households right around Australia. And for what? To make not a scrap of difference to the environment any time in the next 1000 years. — Tony Abbott
Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I'm proud of that... — Tony Abbott
We are a very like-minded group, the senior members of this government. The outliers are not very far away from the mainstream. — Tony Abbott
I don't bring religion into the square. — Tony Abbott
What we are determined to do is to take more people from Syria and that war-torn part of the world as a response to this particular crisis, but again I stress we are taking people from camps because the last thing we want to do is to encourage and reward people smuggling.We are taking people from camps and we are taking family groups; our focus will be on family groups, from persecuted minorities. — Tony Abbott
I've always avoided those sorts of self-assessments because if you give yourself a 10 out of 10 people think you're a big head, if you give yourself a 6 out of 10 they think you're plagued with self-doubt, so I'm just not going to rate myself. — Tony Abbott
It is a very heavy responsibility [to be a prime-minister] to make, but someone has to make it for our country and I am thrilled and honoured to have that opportunity and that responsibility. — Tony Abbott
I'm confident that there are plenty of people who have the strength of character and the presence of mind to warn me of difficulties and alert me to opportunities. — Tony Abbott
There are tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people living in poverty and danger who might readily seek to enter a Western country if the opportunity is there. — Tony Abbott
I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark. The statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared scripted remarks. — Tony Abbott
It was a positive sign that the conversation took place, it's a sign of the depth of the friendship between Australia and Indonesia. — Tony Abbott
I think that the best things that governments can do for productivity is not whack on new taxes and, if we can get institutions like schools and hospitals functioning better, well that's obviously good for the overall productiveness of our society. — Tony Abbott
Prima facie, every estate, whether given by will or otherwise, is supposed to be beneficial to the party to whom it is so given. — Tony Abbott
We have already provided a strong humanitarian response to the problems in the Middle East and that response will be stronger within coming days. — Tony Abbott
I want to run a government, Barnaby wants to be part of a government, which is characterized by the motto if you like, no surprises, no excuses. That will be the motto of an incoming Coalition government. No surprises, no excuses. — Tony Abbott
It's very easy for Australians living in big cities to either romanticise or demonise the situation in Aboriginal places - to kind of look at things through the 'noble innocents' prism or through the 'chronically dysfunctional' prism, and I suspect that is so often the case. — Tony Abbott
I am not being negative, I am simply being factual when I say Kevin Rudd is the best friend the people smugglers have ever had — Tony Abbott
When politicians complain about the media, it strikes me as resembling footballers complaining about the umpire. — Tony Abbott
Should we choose to extend our airstrikes into Syria, we will be doing this in the collective self-defence of Iraq. We would be doing this out of a responsibility to protect innocent people at risk of horrible death from the most violent people imaginable. — Tony Abbott
More excuses for more failures. — Tony Abbott
Certainly, my uni days involved some statements that I wouldn't make today. — Tony Abbott
I've always been very wary of debates involving women. — Tony Abbott
We are about getting things done. We are not about the blame game. We are not about making excuses. — Tony Abbott
There is one fundamental message that we want to go out from this place to every nook and cranny of our country: There should be no new tax collection without an election. — Tony Abbott
I am extremely unwilling that we should take upon ourselves to exercise a jurisdiction which the law does not vest in us. — Tony Abbott
We have a strong and credible broadband policy because the man who has devised it, the man who will implement it virtually invented the Internet in this country. — Tony Abbott
Australia will take more refugees from Syria in response to the growing international crisis but it will not increase the total number of asylum seekers it accepts. — Tony Abbott
And the commitment that I've been giving to the Australian people is that there'll be no surprises and no excuses under a Coalition government. — Tony Abbott
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. — Tony Abbott
No country or continent can open its borders to all comers without fundamentally weakening itself and this is the risk that the countries of Europe run through misguided altruism. — Tony Abbott
You cannot win an election without a fight — Tony Abbott
There'll be some savings from preventing double dipping by public servants which are currently able to access not one but two fully tax payer funded schemes and of course there will be out paid parental leave levy. So all up not only is this an important economic reform, an important reform to have to grow our economy more strongly, it also will leave the budget better off which will help us fix the mess that Labor has created with the budget. — Tony Abbott
There will be no overall increase in the tax burden whatsoever. — Tony Abbott
The role of CO2 is not nearly as clear as the climate catastrophists would suggest. — Tony Abbott
To move past fear is a cliche. — Tony Abbott
Whether carbon dioxide is quite the environmental villain that some people make it out to be is not yet proven. — Tony Abbott
If people are going to do things which have certain consequences that they would rather avoid, they should do whatever they need to avoid the consequences. — Tony Abbott
Australia would play its role in taking displaced people from the Syrian conflict. — Tony Abbott
I was pointing out the depth of the friendship between Australia and Indonesia and the fact that Australia has been there for Indonesia when Indonesia has been in difficulty. — Tony Abbott
Well, Michael, we will be telling the people of Australia in good time before the next election exactly what they can expect from us. No surprises, no excuses. They will be our watch words going into the election and afterwards, should we form a government. — Tony Abbott
We will act to build a better world. We always have, we always will. We will act to lend a helping hand, not just here but wherever we humanly can. — Tony Abbott
Like the Governor-General, when asked what you enjoy most about the job my tendency is to say "today", because of the insights you get into our nation and because of the privileged contact you have with so many people. — Tony Abbott
The media - and I'm not blaming them - obviously like to seize on the differences between people and, sure, there are some senior members of the government who are in a slightly different philosophical space to mine. But do not underestimate the substantial single-mindedness of this government. — Tony Abbott
The quality of government, I suppose, is determined not by what happens, but by how you react to what happens. — Tony Abbott
Today, we have got more excuses from the government. — Tony Abbott
Mates help each other; they do not tax each other. — Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott's books are so amazing! — Tony Abbott
I'm a politician. I'm not going to get into a whole range of scientific argument with scientists. — Tony Abbott
A midnight knock on the door followed by execution is no way a leader should be treated. — Tony Abbott
Life Lessons by Tony Abbott
- Tony Abbott's work as Prime Minister of Australia demonstrates the importance of strong leadership and the ability to make difficult decisions in order to achieve positive outcomes.
- His commitment to fiscal responsibility and economic reform has been a hallmark of his tenure, showing the importance of sound economic policy for long-term success.
- He has also demonstrated the value of engaging with the public and listening to their concerns, in order to ensure that policy decisions are reflective of the needs of the people.
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