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Australian Politics, Budget2014, Education, Leadership, Political Leaders, Tony Abbott, Trish Corry

Tony Abbott really is the Wizard of Oz

Wizard-of-Oz-Cast.-10124It isn’t right that a Prime Minister, who was dancing around like an audition for an Antz Pantz advert, screaming “The Government of Australia has changed! The Government of Australia has changed!” to thousands upon thousands of citizens who voted for him that day to plummet to the depths of poll hatred in a matter of months.

So what is really going on here? I think the analysis of why Abbott has plummeted in the polls, compared with anyone before him, is like comparing apples and oranges.

It would stand to reason, if an opposition leader fought on an honest platform, with vision and integrity for the betterment of the country, was voted in as Prime Minister, would either maintain popularity or increase popularity as this vision, built on an honest platform was implemented.

However, Mr. Abbott did not run on an honest platform. He promised the earth to the citizens of Australia and they got mud instead.

What Mr. Abbott didn’t realise, whilst in opposition was his strategy of bashing Labor, accusing them of deceit and lies and the creators of enormous, bad debt has contributed to his lack of popularity now.

If Abbott was a real strategist and a real leader, In 2010, he would have stepped up with honesty and humility and advised the people of Australia that he was prepared to introduce a carbon tax as well and in fact the only thing he wouldn’t do was sell his arse and it was a requirement to form Government with other parties. He could have built himself up in opposition, as a gracious, humble but honest leader.

However, just like a classic text book example of poor emotional intelligence, Abbott displayed poor self-regulation of emotions. In opposition, he acted upon his greed for leadership, driving forward an agenda of negativity about Labor amongst Australians. With poor self-regulation of emotions, he didn’t take the time to understand how his negativity and negative acts would affect the nation’s citizens.

In opposition, he acted with a bounded rationality, the limited cognitive ability of his own mind and made a decision to be an aggressive, unrelenting opposition leader. He was spreading like a contagion negativity, hatred and loathing towards Labor. This agenda worked, and he did become Prime Minister.  However, in another classic text book example of poor emotional intelligence, he lacked a deep insight into the symbolic and social interactions between himself and others – the voters.

He saw the citizens of this country up in arms about his versions of carbon tax, debt, boats and mess. He misunderstood this as solidarity, a positive event, resulting in mateship, togetherness and unity.  He thought that the emotion he was stirring was one of reverence and adoration towards himself as the people placed him in a position of legitimate power. He saw unity of purpose.  

However, the emotion he had really awakened was a sleeping monster called ‘The Fair Go’

Through Abbott’s negative, deceitful agenda and accusations surrounding the carbon tax, debt and asylum seekers the citizens of this nation saw from their perspective that they were not getting a fair go. and they were angry about it and they voted with that anger.

abbott landry pineapple2What Abbott should have been learning about the emotional state of Australia during the time of  setting Julia Gillard up with Carbon Tax Lies, is in general, Australians don’t like a rough end of a pineapple up their backsides. They don’t want to get F$@% in the Drive-through, they don’t want to get ripped off at the checkout and they don’t like dodgy refs at the footy. When we say “Fair Go, Mate” it has substance. We, as Australians, actually mean it.


See, Abbott was leading everyone down the yellow brick road to their most deepest desire – A Fair Go for all. He postured himself as the Great Wizard of Oz, who could give every citizen their heart’s desire, A Fair Go. However, when the citizens got to the end of the road and the Wizard of Oz delivered his budget – his great plans for Australia, the people’s dreams didn’t come true.


They saw the Great Wizard of Oz was just a man hiding behind a curtain, surrounded by a lot of steaming hot air and superficial bells and whistles.

They were told “Not to worry about the man behind the curtain” but he had exposed his true self and they wanted to know, “who the hell is he really?”  This isn’t the man they had come such a long way to see in action. The people were defeated because he simply could not give them what they desired. He was not the saviour of all citizens, he was not a miraculous wizard. He was simply just a man. A deceitful man.

The funny thing is, by lying about the Carbon Tax as an agreement to form Government and accusing Julia Gillard and Labor of lies, it has stirred an emotion inside once apathetic Australians, that is now manifesting and won’t let go. An emotion that now places Abbott squarely as one of the most hated Prime Ministers in the World.

In keeping true to the storyline of the Wizard of Oz, Abbott has encouraged people to look inside themselves for their true desire and realise it was there all along.

To all the Tin Men out there who voted without a Heart; through his budget measures, Abbott has given you the heart to feel compassion for the disadvantaged in our society. He has given you the heart to understand that he has removed people’s rights and not ended the age of entitlement. He has given you the heart to understand that our taxes as a collective give sick men, women and children, the fundamental right to universal health care and should never be compromised.

To all the Scarecrows out there who voted without a brain; through his budget measures, Abbott has given you the brains to stop reading Murdoch news, to stop basing your decisions on three word slogans and pamphlets and to educate yourself on the real state of affairs by reading a wide range of news. He has given you the brains to understand that the global economy does not operate like your household budget.

To all the MiM6Lions out there, who voted without any courage; through his budget measures, Abbott has given you the courage to open up political discussions with friends, the courage to write letters to the Editor, the courage to join in on political forums and the courage to march with thousands of others in protest against the worst decisions a Government has made, since Federation.

And to you Dorothy, the one who voted with kindness, compassion and an ethical platform of justice, you know you aren’t in Australia anymore. But you have faith, that with your friends The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and the Lion, you will keep marching along together, until you wake up and find yourself again in a country based on democracy, a fair go, social justice, universal health, affordable education and where there is no class divide.

I never thought I would say this Mr. Abbott, but, your agenda of deceit and negativity on the Carbon Tax, Boats and Debt and Deficit, has resulted in one of the most positive outcomes for our society as a whole….and for that, I say Thank You.

About trishcorry

I love to discuss Australian Politics. My key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. I am pro-worker and anti-conservativism/Liberalism. You will find my blog posts written from a Laborist / Progressive Slant.


22 thoughts on “Tony Abbott really is the Wizard of Oz

    • The tin men who devised Malaysian soltn, Nauru and Manus get a heart and condemn the bribes to Cambodia.
      Scarecrows who thoughtlessly repeated the lies of the rabbott to whip up the ratings you now have a real crisis to explore and a real liar to expose and a real PM who will crack under pressure so a real chance of an exclusive.
      Lions without courage the rabbott’s behavior has exposed all pollies and it is time for a productivity test for them. Their daily work start to finish when where how long who posted on a web site.


      Posted by Billy Moir | May 24, 2014, 10:39 am
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    Looks like Murdoch is cutting Abbott loose with this :


    Abbott came out with "new and credible information" in Parliament and the whole world turned its attention to Perth.

    Now they know Abbott is a moron.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by john921fraser | May 24, 2014, 7:17 am
  2. Wizard of Oz? More like as the British Press said of Keating; ‘The Lizard of Oz’ except that in Abbott’s case its a Komodo Dragon.

    Emotional intelligence from Tony? Nah, naked lust for power, plain and simple and now that he’s got it he doesn’t know what to do with it.

    The current version of the LNP have never heard of the Social Contract; they think its something you catch from a toilet seat.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by edward eastwood | May 24, 2014, 8:57 am
  3. Abbott has turned the yellow brick road
    Into a dirty track of iron ore, he is a contaminator
    He couldn’t contribute to mankind, he has no concept of love for his fellow man

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by DanDark | May 24, 2014, 9:19 am
  4. He’s not a wizard. He’s the head Pig at Animal Farm.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by bjkelly1958 | May 24, 2014, 10:20 am
  5. Reblogged this on The Grovely Gazette.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by lefturnahead | May 24, 2014, 10:22 am
  6. This is a fantastic piece of writing and one that every Australian should read,well done.”””””

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by brickbob | May 24, 2014, 10:35 am
  7. I suspect Australia is awakening from it’s long slumber. In doing so, they do not like what they see.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Fed up | May 24, 2014, 11:14 am
  8. Great! I would like to see the final sentence placed at the beginning and repeated again at the end, just for added effect. Just saying!


    Posted by Joe Banks | May 24, 2014, 11:15 am
  9. Ding Dong the Witch is dead. But who were the real ding dongs, by believing in the hype, hatred and finger pointing, at the time? The belief that post election Australia would be taken to some where over the rainbow, has proven to be yet another great distraction for the Munchkins. Meanwhile, our federal choir continue to sing along to a worn out backing track, as per script. And the Murdochracy is busy editing away,any questionable scenes to the cutting room floor, trying not to attract the attention of the censors.
    After all, this is the Director’s Cut, the Investors and Shareholders expect a good return from the box office, merchandising and tax breaks. Rumour has it, there is a nomination for an award, the golden gong. Dream on……..

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Malcolm Wood | May 24, 2014, 12:04 pm
  10. Reblogged this on hi2lea and commented:
    I was Dorothy and voted with compassion and was heartbroken when the majority believed the fearmongering by the Murdoch media.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by hi2lea | May 24, 2014, 12:23 pm
  11. Reblogged this on Curiosity and Challenge and commented:
    An excellent analysis of the Government & the voters who put him there. Refreshing write from a lady with talent.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by wrb330 | May 24, 2014, 6:34 pm
  12. Loved it, thanks for the effort Trish, a nice refreshing way of looking at this mess.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by wrb330 | May 24, 2014, 6:37 pm
  13. how else do conservative political parties irrelevant to Australia win power if not by attacking the opposition…
    they are nothing more than a party for the highest bidders, lying to Australian’s in order to fulfil their agenda. it is why the LNP/IPA exists.


    Posted by Mark | May 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
    • …they know they can do their worst, at risk of only losing the next election (have to lose at some point), with the full knowledge that they will be back again to do their worst at some future time when Australian’s have forgotten ,gotten sick of labor or are lead to believe a change is good for the sake of change (by voting a conservative party…).
      cycle repeats. but eventually nothing will be left.


      Posted by Mark | May 25, 2014, 10:05 pm
  14. Trish I am an admirer of your writing, you write beautifully expressive and descriptive.
    Shaun Newman


    Posted by townsvilleblog | July 13, 2014, 10:37 am


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Trish Corry



I love to discuss Australian Politics. My key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. I am pro-worker and anti-conservativism/Liberalism. You will find my blog posts written from a Laborist / Progressive Slant.

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