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Shuddup your face

Who doesn’t remember, with some fondness, Joe Dolce’s song Shaddap You Face? We might cringe now, but that song went to number 1 on the charts all around the world.

Last night Tony Abbott told the PM to Shaddup you face - strictly he asked a rhetorical question: “Does this guy ever shut up?”

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We know the line was effective - the audience laughed and clapped. It reminds us of Ronald Reagan’s great line “There you go again”. But I don’t think the “shut up” line was nearly as good as the original.

There is some debate as to whether Tony Abbott’s line was spontaneous or rehearsed. I suspect the latter. Kevin Rudd does have the habit of talking on and on and on. Clearly focus groups have indicated that voters tune out and the Coalition are capitalising on that.

To the extent that all is fair in love, war, political cartoons, and election campaigns that is all good. Tony Abbott has very dramatically highlighted a big negative for the PM. Mind you, parents watching the debate might have told their children that it’s rude to tell people to shut up.

In the meantime we get to discuss the fireworks and not the actual policies.

So who won the debate? As always the journalists were all over the shop - some claiming “Abbott” others claiming “Rudd”. The most insightful analysis I saw was from Peter van Onselin who argued that Kevin Rudd did well in the debate but he is so far behind and trying to defend such a poor government that it doesn’t matter that he had done well.

That view is consistent with movements in the betting market - before the debate the Coalition were at $1.08 to win and after the debate $1.09.

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    1. Kym Afford

      logged in via Facebook

      In reply to Geoff Anderson

      One is left wondering if Rupert could ever do something that benefited other than his own selfish interests!

  1. Pat Moore


    Right Geoff, we get wall to wall Murdoch including from the IPA here and from his vacuous-of-genuine-content shopfront dummy, the opposition leader. Did Abbott graduate from his focus group training (the reason for his dreaded debate evasion) with a C-minus? His delivery is still coming over as stilted and wooden and he's still really struggling for that self-control. The rude evasive and deflecting insult indicates where Rudd hit the mark. We can see right through you Tony. What's the real deal with the parenting payment??? Just a tad of social engineering with inbuilt lurks & perks for the already privileged by any chance???

    "Shutting up" the real "guys" would be exposing the false political plants of Corporatocracy behind Murdoch who are hijacking democracy.


    1. Michael Shand

      Software Tester

      In reply to Pat Moore

      I see the situation as one party may be 90% corrupt and working for big business and the other party is 80% corrupt and working for big business

      Neither has your best interest in mind, they agree on more than they disagree

  2. Michael Shand

    Software Tester

    The whole debate is staged, no minor parties, no descenting voice's

    It is just a platform for the 2 major parties to entertain journalists and try to polarise the national conversation further so that the public see their voting choices as either

    Party 1A
    Party 1B

    Change on the outside, consistency on the inside

  3. Dale Bloom


    I’m hoping the line will come back to haunt Tony Abbot.

    There is ever indication the Liberal Party will attempt to push through legislation without explaining to the public the reasons for the legislation.

  4. Lee Emmett

    Guest House Manager

    Response to Davidson in The Conversation:

    It's definitely bad form for anyone in a debate to ask, “Does this guy ever shut up?”

    It's neither polite, nor respectful.

    It indicates that he doesn't want to hear the other person's point of view.

    Tony Abbott is very uncomfortable with losing.

    He didn't take losing the last two elections at all well.

    In the forum, his opening address was identical to the previous debate.

    His didn't stray far from the well-worn path - carbon tax, mining…

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  5. Doug Fraser

    policy analyst at UNSW

    Oh Sinclair, Sinclair, you are on dangerous ground. It might occur to someone to suggest that you follow your own advice.

    (And for that matter, cease bludging off the taxpayer on the pretence of being a professor of institutional economics, when nothing you preach bears the slightest resemblance to any known version of institutional economics...)