Tony Abbott MP
28th Prime Minister of Australia
Assumed office-18 September 2013
Anthony John Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian politician who has been the 28th Prime Minister of Australia since 2013 and the Leader of the Liberal Party since 2009. He has also been the Member of Parliament for Warringah since 1994.
Abbott was born in London, England, and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1960. Prior to entering Parliament, Abbott studied for a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, and later for a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Queen’s College, Oxford. He later trained as a Roman Catholic seminarian, before working as a journalist, business manager and political advisor. In 1992, he was appointed Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, a position he held until 1994 when he successfully stood in the Warringah by-election.
Abbott was first appointed to the Cabinet in 1998 under the Howard Government, as Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. In 2003, he became Minister for Health and Ageing, retaining this position until the defeat of the Howard Government at the 2007 election. Initially serving in the Shadow Cabinets of Brendan Nelson and then Malcolm Turnbull, he resigned from the frontbench in November 2009 in protest against Turnbull’s support for the Rudd Government’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Forcing a leadership ballot on the subject, Abbott defeated Turnbull by 42 votes to 41, therefore becoming Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition.
Abbott led the Liberal/National Coalition at the 2010 election, which resulted in a hung parliament. Following negotiations, Labor formed a Government with the support of one Green MP and three independent MPs, and Abbott was re-elected as Liberal Leader unopposed. He went on to lead the Coalition to victory at the 2013 election, and was sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia on 18 September
The Wikipedia biography above shows that Tony Abbott himself was born in another country and his parents sought out a better life in Australia just like the refugees. In the 1700’s when England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were overcrowded and illness was raging the British decided to fill boats with their citizens accused of the most ridiculous crimes and send them across the ocean to VanDiemens Land. Boatloads of unwanted people with no future to speak of in boats going to a new country. Sound like refugees?
After the British settled Port Arthur and then New South Wales refugees from all over the world followed the Germans seeking religious freedom settled South Australias, Barossa Valley, the Chinese came in the 1850’s seeking the riches of the Victorian gold rush. How did they get here? In boats, sound familiar?
As the British called on their colonies, time and time again, to join them and fight wars that really didn’t affect us following those wars refugees fleeing the broken civilizations destroyed by war they once called home were welcomed on Australia’s shores. The Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavians and other European people arrived after the destruction of both the 1st and 2nd World Wars. By the middle of the 20th century Australia was the proverbial melting pot of nationalities. When NSW wanted to build the Snowy Mountain hydroelectric scheme to provide electricity from the yearly melting snows the call went out to the downtrodden left destitute by WWII and refugees by the thousand were welcomed because they were useful. When Holden opened the Elizabeth plant in SA and other plants all over this wide brown land, again the call went out to England where they were going through tough overcrowded times and because they were useful, 10 pound poms, as they were called were welcomed to Australia! Tony Abbot’s family may have been one of those families. He himself is an immigrant, a refugee. After the Vietnam War when the west left, the VC threatened the lives of all who cooperated with the western soldiers so again the oppressed took to the boats and in the mid-seventies, as we had always done, we said to these people come-on over there is room aplenty and the wonderful Vietnamese community that adds such wonderful flavor to our historical melting pot became part of the weft and warp that weaves the character of our great land. In the 89s and 90s we welcomed middle eastern nationalities after the years of Lebanese conflict and Palestinian and so much more. Since 1959 we have welcomed the oppressed and homeless Tibetans and not once have we ever treated them like criminals as we are doing today. Whether you like to hear it or not the Australian Indigenous people the Aboriginals, the koori and the over 200 other tribes were not given any choice when we showed up. It was after all, their country. There is not one single Australian, except for the Aboriginal people, who is not in some part of their history a refugee so Mr. Abbott you came as an immigrant, what island tent concentration camp were you sent to? Oh wait you and your family were welcomed through arrivals at Mascot or Tullamarine or the arrivals wharf of some comfortable cruise line. Where did you become so historically lost? When did you lose your humanity? Racism and hate is not born into a human. Try putting babies of all color on the floor and an hour later they will all be cuddled together asleep because all they feel is the warmth and unconditional acceptance of each others heart. You worked your way up from training to become a priest to the highest job in our great land. You came from nothing to be the ruler of a great western nation. Are you afraid if you welcome this generations addition to the very multicultural mix that made your parents see our land as the only chance for you to succeed that they too might find the key to a great future? You can’t serve forever. You only get three terms. We survived the shame of the White Australia policy and the Stolen Generation. Please Mr. Abbott as member of one of Australia’s oldest families, dating back to the 1800’s, but still a descendant of refugees I respectfully request be the man we thought you could be when we first elected you. Be the humanitarian your seminary education showed you was possible. Be all the wondrous things your parents hoped when they first saw the Harbor Bridge as they arrived with a young you in their arms because for Australia to stop our proud tradition of opening our arms, our hearts and the beauty of our country to all who seek it’s possibilities is to spit on every Digger who ever died in the Boer War, at Gallipoli, D-Day, Kokoda Trail, Khesan and the Tet Offensive. They all signed up, marched, fought and died for the belief in a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges in the stories told by Banjo, CJ and Henry. They did with the heart of Breaker Morant and so many more Aussie legends. The only choice you have Sir, now in this moment, on this day, is to be another great Australian who believes in freedom for all or to be as bad as the tyrants who drove our forefathers to this great land leaving all they knew behind? Which will you be, Mr. Abbot when history remembers you? Which story will the historians tell? Don’t take too long to decide Mr. Abbott, because right now if this is you, you will be remembered as being on the wrong side of history.
Yours Respectfully a Proud Australian Citizen.