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No deal? No problem

Britain, we’re led to be believe, is heading for the worst catastrophe in its history. Officialdom is warning that a no-deal Brexit would mean trucks backed up for miles at Dover, chaos at airports, a special poverty fund to cope with the fallout and — horror! — a shortage of Guinness. So apparently the country that saw off Hitler, the Kaiser, Napoleon and the Spanish Armada is now paralysed with fear at the very thought of leaving the EU.

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If Labor gets elected the boats will start again

We saw the Labor Party and the Greens and the independents get together to badly weaken our tough border protection policies and what this shows is that Labor is bad, and the Greens and the independents are worse, because it was originally an independents measure which the Greens latched upon.

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MP,
INTERVIEW WITH RAY HADLEY, 2GB

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RAY HADLEY
Every second Monday I’m joined by the former Prime Minister and Member for Warringah, Tony Abbott, he’s on the line right now. Mr Abbott, good morning.

TONY ABBOTT
Ray, lovely to be with you and your listeners.

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How Labor has weakened our borders

The message out of today is that the Labor Party can’t be trusted to keep our country safe, it can’t be trusted to protect our borders and when it comes to border protection, Labor is bad but the independents are worse.

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MP,  
INTERVIEW WITH BEN FORDHAM, 2GB  

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BEN FORDHAM 

Tony Abbott is on the line. Mr Abbott, good afternoon. 

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Why I'm running

In the past two years, I’ve had meet-the-member public meetings all round Warringah for voters to tell me their concerns. Almost to a person, they’re sick of over-development and the traffic jams that make the best suburbs in the world a misery as soon as you want to go anywhere else.

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Destructive decision will disable indigenous self-help

When the Labor Party does good work, sensible Liberals give credit where it’s due.

Back in 2008, working closely with Cape York leader Noel Pearson, the then minister for indigenous affairs, Jenny Macklin, and then Queensland premier Anna Bligh set up the Family Respon­sibilities Commission.

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Civic virtues and the future of the centre-right

This is the age of disruption, in politics as much as in business, and political parties must respond or fail. In France and Italy the long-established big parties, of the Left and of the Right, have largely been swept away. In Germany, the main parties, of the Right too but especially of the Left, are much diminished. In the United States, Donald Trump smashed the Republican establishment to grab the nomination, and then smashed the Democrat establishment to grab the presidency—after the Democrat establishment had itself been rocked by Bernie Sanders. In Britain, the governing Conservatives are convulsed over Brexit; while an out-and-out Marxist has taken over the Labour Party, and quite conceivably could become prime minister. Even here in Australia, more than a quarter of the electorate is refusing to support the two main parties that, in one guise or another, have always held office.

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It's Time to Talk to Populist Voters

This is the age of disruption, in politics as much as in business, and political parties must respond or fail. Both in France and in Italy, the long-established big parties, of the left and of the right, have largely been swept away. In Germany, the main parties, of the right too but especially of the left, are much diminished. In the United States, Donald Trump smashed the Republican establishment to grab the nomination, and then smashed the Democrat establishment to grab the presidency; after the Democrat establishment had itself been rocked by Bernie Sanders. In Britain, the governing conservatives are convulsed over Brexit, while an out-and-out Marxist has taken over the Labour Party, and quite conceivably could become prime minister. Even here in Australia, more than a quarter of the electorate is refusing to support the two main parties that, in one guise or another, have always held office.

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Broad church will always be a balancing act for Liberals

First published in The Australian, 29 October 2018

Any political party that hopes to win a democratic election in its own right is inevitably a coalition of people with different interests and values. That’s been true both of the Labor Party and of the Liberal-National Coalition that between them have formed every government since 1949.

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How to save Brexit

First published in The Spectator UK, 27 October 2018

It’s pretty hard for Britain’s friends, here in Australia, to make sense of the mess that’s being made of Brexit. The referendum result was perhaps the biggest-ever vote of confidence in the United Kingdom, its past and its future. But the British establishment doesn’t seem to share that confidence and instead looks desperate to cut a deal, even if that means staying under the rule of Brussels. Looking at this from abroad, it’s baffling: the country that did the most to bring democracy into the modern world might yet throw away the chance to take charge of its own destiny.

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