- On ABC's Lateline in November last year, with Tony Jones, Mr Abbott.... "when asked about his direct knowledge of the climate change issue, Mr Abbott told Jones that he had not read the IPCC report on global warming, and that he had started but not finished Ian Plimer's famous book on the subject.
- "No, I don't claim to have immersed myself deeply in those subjects," he told Jones.
- "I'm a politician. I have to rely on briefings - I have to rely on what I pick up through the secondary sources. But look, I think I am as well-versed on these matters as your average politician needs to be."
Quote of the year, I think.
Mr Abbott is just that - an average politician.
Australia needs better than that.
As Annabel Crabb says:
- "But Tony Abbott is - through his change of heart on this issue and his subsequent annexing of Coalition policy, which until his dislodging of Malcolm Turnbull had been to support a compromise ETS - personally responsible for the fact that Australia does not have a carbon trading scheme.
- "When the consequences of personal decisions are so profound, these decisions demand deeper research."
Australia also needs better than average "Broadband speeds", Mr Abbott.