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Abbott – chirk, smirk, shirk – It’s all in an Australian Day

January 26, 2012

This morning when questioned by journalists regarding the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Tony Abbott said, ‘I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian. ‘I think a lot has changed since then, and I think it probably is time to move on from that.’

It should be a concern to all that Abbott has such a poor grasp indigenous issues that he would imagine that the indigenous people of Australia feel respected.

From the gap in life expectancy , the higher rate of incarceration, to the NT Intervention, there are many issues for the Indigenous of Australia worthy of protest which can be represented by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Tony Abbott’s “grasp” on indigenous issues should disqualify from consideration of any position of leadership, let alone being Prime Minister of Australia.   Sadly the truth is it will likely endear him to many who share his ignorance.

The anger it caused among those celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was understandable.  The violent act of banging on the glass windows of The Lobby was not.  It was a shame that a minority ruined what had until then been a peaceful demonstration.

As we see in the following video Prime Minister Gillard was all class.  Her concern for the situation extended to the Opposition Leader.   The Opposition Leader leader however … well it’s best demonstrated 2:38 into the video.

Channel 9 News: Julia Gillard & Tony Abbott escorted to safety by police

His smirk and eyebrow lift gall me, and many others.

His hypocrisy galls me.  After all it was his party that refused to say sorry and began the NT Intervention, so for him to say that “it is time to move on from that'” is particularly galling.

Sadly his words and actions are just as likely endear him to those who share his ignorance.

They will applaud him for provoking and dividing, and they will applaud him for not accepting any responsibility for his words that cause harm and distress.

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