There is no denying our Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made Australia somewhat of a laughing stock on an international scale. Rarely does a week go by without Abbott saying something that leaves people with their mouths hanging wide open asking “What the hell?” For someone allegedly intelligent enough to lead the country, his knack for saying utterly stupid things on a regular basis never ceases to amaze me.
The latest instalment of “Stupid Shit Tony Abbott Says” comes from a speech he delivered at the Australia- Melbourne Institute Conference on the topic of foreign investment in residential real estate. As per usual with Abbott, he went completely off topic into his typical territory of nonsensical bullshit, that I even find myself asking “why hasn’t someone shot him yet?” I simply put it down to the fact that he must be grateful for the strict Australian gun laws that John Howard brought into action in the 90’s.
So let’s recap. On the issue of foreign investment, Abbott reportedly stated “If I want to sell my place [then] foreign investment might make sense, but if my neighbour wants to sell his place [then] foreign investment might be the last thing we want.”
Forgive me for my blatant cluelessness, but what the hell does that mean? But if that wasn’t enough he then followed it up with this…
“As a general principle we support foreign investment. Always have and always will. Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment.”
“I guess our country owes its existence to a form of foreign investment by the British government in the then unsettled or, um, scarcely settled, Great South Land.“
Come again? Australia was “unsettled” prior to white european arrival? Seriously what kind of foreign investment from the British is he referring to? A boatload of convicts or the slaughter, enslavement and virtual genocide of the indigenous population? Tony Abbott, you’ve said some pretty stupid things, but this kind of tops the pile. It comes as no surprise that later on in the address he also said, “In most things I would regard John Howard as the supreme teacher.“
Thank you Tony Abbott, you continue to make us the laughing stock off the world.