Tony Abbott: You can’t trust what I say

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has admitted that unless the words coming from his mouth are scripted, that voters cannot trust him to tell the truth.

Tony AbbottTony Abbott told The 7.30 Report last night that he will often say things that are not ‘absolutely correct’ in the heat of the moment and these should not be confused with scripted and considered comments.

“I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say, but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark.

“Which is one of the reasons why the statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared, scripted remarks.”

“All of us when we are in the heat of verbal combat, so to speak, will sometimes say things that go a little bit further,” Mr Abbott said.

Tony Abbott then went on to make ambiguous references to how people can know whether he is telling the truth or not, worsening the train wreck of an interview with Kerry O’Brien.

“Most of us know when we’re talking to people or when we’re listening to people, I think we know when we can put absolute weight on what’s being said and when it’s just the give and take of standard conversation,” he said.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has struggled since dropping support for the ETS, with the Labor Leader’s spokesman quick to jump on the ‘You can’t trust Tony Abbott’ bandwagon.

”Mr Abbott has now confirmed you cannot trust what he says because some things are real and some things are not real,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, told the SMH.

”There are two Tony Abbotts – and you’ll never know which Tony Abbott is talking, even in Parliament – the scripted Tony, or the Tony Abbott swept away by the heat of discussion.”

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard stayed on message to the ABC “He is basically telling you that there are two Tonys. There is apparently Gospel Truth Tony and then there is Phoney Tony,” Ms Gillard said.

9 thoughts on “Tony Abbott: You can’t trust what I say

  1. Dennis

    I still cant believe he said this. What was going through his mind? His advisers must have been dying off camera.

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  2. Adam

    Abbott did not say “unless the words coming from his mouth are scripted, that voters cannot trust him to tell the truth.” he said “sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark” which of course is true.
    The fact that this is being beat up so much is a perfect example of the stupidity in the voting public and explains why up until a few months back most Australians though Rudd was doing a super job despite the fact he hasn’t got a single project to work smoothly.

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  3. Bob

    I remember when Peter Garrett before the last election threw an off the cuff remark to a journalist that Labor would change everything after the election from what they had been saying before the election. History now tells us that what he said was true – you cannot trust what Labor politicians say OR DO.

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  4. Mrs Rice

    I’m never believe what Tony Abbott says,same like John Howard before him in power , him say never sale telstra and what happen later him government sale the” TELSTRA” and now like Tony say Work Choices is dead and later him bring back again, how can we trust this Tony him lie same like Jonh Howard, that’s why aussies must remember, and like Tony cut one billion money for hospital and about GST they Government what they done before, I’never forget that’s why I’don’t trust them I’hope australia people more clear and think about election this time ” GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA”

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  5. Manuel

    Regarding your comment ”Tony Abbott told The 7.30 Report last night that he will often say things that are not ‘absolutely correct’’’ Not only he can talk a lot of ”rubbish” but be ”unAustralian” when comes to fair choices! At least in my books!…
    True an measurable:
    I lived in Sydney Dee Why until I moved to South Australia eight years ago. I had a contract cleaning business where among my contracts figured the Warringah Council. Under the period of my contract to the Council, the cleaning duties kept adding on so I asked for an increase and in the process, I lost the contract. Disappointed? Sure who would not be? But this happens all the time.
    Though how would you feel if after you leave you found out that the job is now being down by your same previous employees and the caretaker informs you that decision in the loss of your contract was made by Tony Abbot when he did not even worked in the Warringah Council?!

    One of the clauses in obtaining the Councils contract was that the contractor had to be an Australian citizen. These employees were not.
    Taking decisions like that how can he be fair and run a Country, I ask.
    Manuel

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