Tony Abbott: A Man's Man

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When Julia Gillard—a woman who was unmarried, childless, and an atheist—became Australia’s first female prime minister after the 2010 election, opposition leader Tony Abbott was left boiling with rage. It was bad enough that he had lost, but to have lost to a woman was shameful. This strong feminist critique of Tony Abbot goes beyond his boyish grin and easy charm to expose a man who has no respect or tolerance for the social changes that women have fought so hard to achieve. Arguing that recent changes to the ...

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When Julia Gillard—a woman who was unmarried, childless, and an atheist—became Australia’s first female prime minister after the 2010 election, opposition leader Tony Abbott was left boiling with rage. It was bad enough that he had lost, but to have lost to a woman was shameful. This strong feminist critique of Tony Abbot goes beyond his boyish grin and easy charm to expose a man who has no respect or tolerance for the social changes that women have fought so hard to achieve. Arguing that recent changes to the traditional male order are aberrations in Abbot’s opinion, this account demonstrates how Abbott aimed all of his political energy to demolish Julia Gillard and the government in order to lead his country back to “the proper order of things.”

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"To win power, [Abbott] has to get sufficient support from women. If the government can seize on anything, even if it is a long bow, suggesting he is slighting Gillard on gender grounds, it will use it ruthlessly because it believes he has a weak spot."  —Michelle Grattan, Age

"I don't mind Tony personally, he's not a bad bloke. But, as I said to him on the campaign, he's as mad as a cut snake."  —Bob Hawke, ex-Labor Prime Minister

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921844300
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications Party Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Star 7

2 The Student Crusader 19

3 The Pugilist and the Priest 29

4 The Husband and the Political Adviser 38

5 The Junkyard Dog 50

6 The Political Warrior 60

7 The Parliamentary Bully Boy 71

8 The Minister for Meddling 88

9 The Leader of the Opposition 107

10 The Campaign 118

11 The 'Almost' Prime Minister 135

12 The Killer Instinct 153

Conclusion 168

References 177

Notes 185

Acknowledgements 197

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