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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:17 AM

Today Abbott the Gaffemeister made another inappropriate gaffe, this time in relation to the Italian ferry disaster.

Abbott under fire for Italian shipwreck joke
Announcer: "The captain of the Costa Concordia wants to know if you need any help with your boat policy?"
Abbott: "Well, that was one boat that did get stopped, wasn't it?"

Abbott, that was in bad taste.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

View PostBam, on 20 January 2012 - 11:17 AM, said:


Abbott, that was in bad taste.




Right up there with Downer's "Things that batter."

He no doubt thought that the Christmas Island shipwreck was a real knee-slapper too.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

View PostHDMC, on 20 January 2012 - 01:43 PM, said:

Right up there with Downer's "Things that batter."

He no doubt thought that the Christmas Island shipwreck was a real knee-slapper too.

You're kidding me. A guy that doesn't have the brains to know that a joke like that won't sound good needs to be away from public office. These would be the kind of jokes that fill the PM's office should he ever make it there.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:23 PM

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"I was asked a light-hearted question, I gave a light-hearted response. It’s probably not the subject that people should be bantering about, even on morning radio but look, I think that’s all that needs to be said about it and let’s move on to other subjects." - Abbott.



Oh well that's alright then, we'll just pretend you're really not the Kyle Sandilands of Australian politics, shall we?
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:46 PM

View PostHDMC, on 20 January 2012 - 03:23 PM, said:

Oh well that's alright then, we'll just pretend you're really not the Kyle Sandilands of Australian politics, shall we?

Just like we moved on from all the other outrageous crap he's come out with over the last couple of years, I guess.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:55 PM

View PostHDMC, on 20 January 2012 - 03:23 PM, said:

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"I was asked a light-hearted question, I gave a light-hearted response. It’s probably not the subject that people should be bantering about, even on morning radio but look, I think that’s all that needs to be said about it and let’s move on to other subjects." - Abbott.

Oh well that's alright then, we'll just pretend you're really not the Kyle Sandilands of Australian politics, shall we?

"Let's move to other subjects." This is basically Abbott's way of dodging scrutiny. He's tried the "change the subject" line before. Any time he uses a line like this, he's on dangerous ground and is trying to dodge awkward follow-up questions. Watch for it in the future.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

Triple M announcer said:

"This is a bit from left field mate, the captain of the Costa Concordia wants to know if you need any help with your boat policy?"


A truly commendable leading line from your ABC!

View PostBam, on 20 January 2012 - 11:17 AM, said:

Abbott, that was in bad taste.


Yes it was, and he has conceded as much. And how about the unnamed ABC (JJJ) radio announcer? Complaints to ACMA anyone?
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:31 PM

View Posticey, on 20 January 2012 - 05:12 PM, said:

A truly commendable leading line from your ABC!

Yes it was, and he has conceded as much. And how about the unnamed ABC (JJJ) radio announcer? Complaints to ACMA anyone?

Methinks you have erred here:

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During an interview on Triple M radio in Adelaide yesterday morning, Mr Abbott made light of the situation.

Regardless of where the interview was, it's really poor form for Abbott to make such comments. It's not good enough just to accept the Abbott brush-off, as if that makes it all right. He shouldn't have made this tasteless joke in the first place. This isn't going away, this is going to come out again at awkward moments to remind the Australian voters why they should think carefully before giving Abbott the high office of Prime Minister.

HDMC was right, this is right up there with the "things that batter" gaffe from Downer.

Questions have to be asked, is he fit to hold the office of Prime Minister if he is so prone to such embarrassing moments?
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:34 PM

View PostBam, on 20 January 2012 - 05:31 PM, said:

Methinks you have erred here:


(Re MMM not JJJ) Ummm .... yep! :(

ACMA still cares though.

View PostBam, on 20 January 2012 - 05:31 PM, said:

HDMC was right, this is right up there with the "things that batter" gaffe from Downer.


Personally, I think many more would have been taken aback at Downer's comment on account of it being very close to home for the victims of DV and the many people collaterally affected. And much closer to home than an (approx) $700 million ship aground on the other side of the globe.

View PostBam, on 20 January 2012 - 05:31 PM, said:

Questions have to be asked, is he fit to hold the office of Prime Minister if he is so prone to such embarrassing moments?


Bam, you really must steer clear of hyperbowl and stop publishing crap. :D
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

icey, the radio announcers can and should be criticised for the tasteless question. However, they're not running for prime minister. Abbott is. He should've deflected the question. He didn't.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:20 PM

View PostAmber Dekstris, on 20 January 2012 - 08:30 PM, said:

icey, the radio announcers can and should be criticised for the tasteless question. However, they're not running for prime minister. Abbott is. He should've deflected the question. He didn't.

This is the problem. He plays the wrong sport. If he followed the noble examples of Howard and Hawke, he would have been playing cricket. Then he would have known that some deliveries are best left to go through to the 'keeper. :D
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:24 PM

Australian Scrawl's take on this.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 01:30 AM

View PostAmber Dekstris, on 20 January 2012 - 08:30 PM, said:

icey, the radio announcers can and should be criticised for the tasteless question. However, they're not running for prime minister. Abbott is. He should've deflected the question. He didn't.


Quite so, and as a retort to my comment, absolutely apt. But in these days of media bashing, I thought it was worth a mention. A skilful deflection would have prevented the response that has ensued from the hate press.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:34 AM

View Posticey, on 21 January 2012 - 01:30 AM, said:

A skilful deflection would have prevented the response that has ensued from the hate press.

True that. Abbott's lack of skill continues to impress. That's 'people skills' for you.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:53 AM

That tasteless Murdoch press, now they're running with Abbott's gag about the sinking ship .......



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The SMH and Moir are part of Murdoch's crew, aren't they?
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:11 AM

View Posticey, on 23 January 2012 - 07:53 AM, said:

That tasteless Murdoch press, now they're running with Abbott's gag about the sinking ship .......

I don't think that's about Abbott's comment.... it's about credit ratings, no?
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:38 AM

View Postscotto, on 23 January 2012 - 08:11 AM, said:

I don't think that's about Abbott's comment.... it's about credit ratings, no?


The gag centred on the hook that was fed to Abbot in the form of reference to the "Costa Concordia". That was the dirty big ship fairly prominent in Moir's cartoon. The comic's foil one might say.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:04 AM

View Posticey, on 23 January 2012 - 08:38 AM, said:

The gag centred on the hook that was fed to Abbot in the form of reference to the "Costa Concordia". That was the dirty big ship fairly prominent in Moir's cartoon. The comic's foil one might say.

I dunno.... maybe if the ship was named 'Abbott's mouth' rather than 'Europe.' Or the captain could be seen wearing some red speedos.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

I am beginning to understand why Federal politicians are so reticent and "scripted"....and I was taking it as though they were inarticulate!!. They can't open their bloody mouth lest they'll be assessed as "gaffing"...or "in bad taste". Boy do we live in a society brimming with 'political correctness' in Australia....we can't say "boo" to each other lest we'll be judged as being offensive!! What's next...being hauled before the courts for saying 'shut up' to someone?
Some of you who believe in 'political correctness' which by the way has infiltrated into the entertainment industry (esp television) and this is why TV in Australia is so boring and dull......rent some DVD's of those early black & white movies by Warner Brothers...which included Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.These were the eras where 'political correctness' was not even thought of. Just listen to the dialogue of these films....how entertaining it was...and then compare it to dialogue of today's movies after it was put through the filter of "political correctness"
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

View Postdumbcluck, on 27 January 2012 - 05:10 PM, said:

I am beginning to understand why Federal politicians are so reticent and "scripted"....and I was taking it as though they were inarticulate!!. They can't open their bloody mouth lest they'll be assessed as "gaffing"...or "in bad taste". Boy do we live in a society brimming with 'political correctness' in Australia....we can't say "boo" to each other lest we'll be judged as being offensive!! What's next...being hauled before the courts for saying 'shut up' to someone?
Some of you who believe in 'political correctness' which by the way has infiltrated into the entertainment industry (esp television) and this is why TV in Australia is so boring and dull......rent some DVD's of those early black & white movies by Warner Brothers...which included Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.These were the eras where 'political correctness' was not even thought of. Just listen to the dialogue of these films....how entertaining it was...and then compare it to dialogue of today's movies after it was put through the filter of "political correctness"


Strike me pink DC! I'm in substantial agreement with you.
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