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- Publisher: Quarterly Essay (September 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
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Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott Kindle Edition
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As to the edition covering Tony Abbott, I found myself quite engrossed by David Marr's work. Arguably, little new about the man was revealed except the allegation of violence whilst Abbott was a student politician. However, the article paints the picture of a shallow man. Despite being a Rhodes Scholar, Abbott does not present as a man of intellect. He seems particularly unread and totally devoid of big ideas. Instead, we see a man simply grasping for power. While Abbott's lunge for power may come to pass, at the time of writing, there can be no guarantees. Abbott might yet still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
David Marr is to be commended for his efforts. He has sought to unravel some of the enigmatic characteristics of Tony Abbott. This is absolutely essentially. In any modern democracy, it is always positive that we gain a good understanding of those who seek to represent us. David Marr's work has revealed a man of little depth. It will be interesting to see how the forthcoming months pan out.
Lamont then went to say that shortly after speaking to the reporter, he met Cameron himself, who told Lamont his answer was spot-on and admitted he was not sure what his convictions were.
This got me thinking about Tony Abbott. He is intelligent and articulate and that necessary EQ component of all leaders, the desire to win (which in this case is becoming the prime minister) and spends much time putting down his opponent. And in case anyone thinks this only occurs in Australia, may I suggest they watch the US presidential debates.
However, Lamont raised an interesting idea: whether a prime minister (or any leader) can be deemed to be successful unless she or he has convictions. I have just finished reading journalist David Marr's recent essay The Making of Tony Abbott. Marr is bemused by Abbott - he tries to understand what makes him tick but fails.
His essay focuses on Abbott's nurture but spends little time on his nature. He spends an inordinate amount of time on Abbott's time at university. However what you do get from reading the essay is that Abbott is a conviction politician.Read more ›
The Quarterly Essay series is the ideal medium for authors to tap the detail of the rough and tumble of the last few decades of Australian politics, as well as the many other diverse topics they chronicle. Previously, Laura Tingle and David Marr, as political correspondents for much of this period, exemplify this. Marr utilises his credentials to build this essay up to a political crescendo as the Politics and Values Abbotts alternatively seize the moment against a minority government. Alas, history has not revealed the denouement, so neither could Marr, even if Abbott's interview had allowed quotations.Read more ›
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If they had only known they were to get the DLP dressed up as Cardinal Pell as the next PMPublished 17 months ago by terry hilsz
There is not much of it about these days, but this is serious, thoughtful and well researched journalism. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Ben
Great read about what events and decisions have shaped Tony Abbott. It does take quite a level of concentration to read this essay but if want to know more about Tony Abbott and... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Ms. N. M. Cattaneo
I thought the bias of the author showed out. He went in with the pre-disposition that Tony Abbott was not up to the task.Published on February 13, 2013 by Barry
It worries me that such a political animal could become the prime minister of Australia.
Im not sure that he has much compassion for the ordinary person. Read more
david marr does it again. beautifully written. and very frightening. required reading for anyone who seeks to understand this real prospect of a PMPublished on October 23, 2012 by S G BURKE
A well written essay that will help people to understand what drives Mr. Abbbott's decision making, whether you agree with him or not.Published on October 16, 2012 by Autumn Nocturne
As usual David Marr produces a captivating read. An interesting insight into the formation of the conservatives conservative. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Isaiah 61
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