Not sure that was the best way to change Abbott’s mind or enlist general support for the campaign.
If it had been Mugabe in the restaurant I would have been all for this kind of intervention, and indeed for a citizens’ arrest. But Tony Abbott doesn’t really seem to be in the same category …
Seemed a bit over the top.
He made his bed. Now he has to lay in it.
Seems like bullying. Two wrongs do not make a right.
I wish people would stop misusing the “bully” label, which gets thrown around all the time these days. Calling him up on bigotry doesn’t equate to making him a victim, which would be bullying. These people were not “bullies”, they are legitimate protesters.
this is kind of embarrassing more than constructive. we got bad press. it wasn’t terribly good bad press (see: Greg Sheridan, poor lamb), but the protestors left themselves open for that, and it doesn’t help our collective image or convince Abbott to listen.
He won’t listen, but the protest was about showing how many people oppose his views on the issue. In that it was successful. His opinion now looks a little more isolated, and the publicity will help show that.
His complaint that his right to a pleasant dinner was interrupted by people who he is actively working to legally and culturally oppress sounds quite a bit like “Let them eat cake”!
Interesting stuff here:
“Tony Abbott is one of the clearest characters in politics. There’s no confusion about who he is or what he stands for. He’s the pugilistic conservative; brutally effective in destroying the government. He is traditional, religious and pragmatic.
“Margie Abbott and the three lovely Abbott daughters are regulars at his side – part of the Tony package.
“But now, there’s his sister.
Christine Forster is Tony Abbott’s little sister. She is gay.”
Read on…it might change your perception of Abbott. He takes a principled stand on gay marriage, but is NOT anti-gay.
These scumbag bigots need to understand that while they deny civil rights to law abiding groups that they are not welcome in civilised society.
I hope he is hounded whereever he goes.
He is a disgusting moron who deserves enduing condemnation.
This sort of action, while well meaning, has the complete opposite effect and only serves to make those opposed to equality even more determined to do us down…….
Scum like Abbott are completely closed to reason though.
Hie is a opposed to LGBT equality even though his own sister is a lesbian.
Trying to reason with these bigots is futile.
Turning them into social pariahs for their bigotry is a perfectly reasonable response.
Racist people are still racist. They don’t announce their racism so much these days as they know there will be very negative consequences for their careers and lvies.
I think the same needs to become true for homophobes.
What a shame they didn’t glitter him though.
Abbott is a ghastly man – defender of the Catholic Church and arch homophobe. This man presents himself as the next Prime Minister of Australia and publically said that he finds gay people `threatening’. He deserves all he gets.
…..”he finds gay people `threatening’”
This statement seems to fall into line with recent research into sexual orientation and homophobia. It was found that the more homophobic a man was the more turned on he was by naked men and to soft gay porn. This result was universal.
This statement does not fall into line with his comments regarding gay family members though.
If Tony Abbott ever becomes prime minister of Australia the unemployed, the disabled, gays and asylum seekers better watch their backs.
The man is naive, he is a George Bush in the making and although Australia is in a position of strength and prosperity right now if Abbott is allowed to play his political cards we will be down the shoot like Europe and America in no time.
I fear for minorities under an Abbott government but I also fear for our fragile econemy and social systems under this little man…