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ABBOTT’S ARMY ON THE MARCH: Opposition leader’s office spies one day, schmoozes the next

SpieslikeusA Canberra fly-on-the wall reports:

Did Susan Mitchell, author of the hatchet-job on Tony Abbott (‘a Man’s Man’) realise she was addressing Abbott staffers when she spruiked her book at the ANU last Wednesday?

Spotted in the lecture hall were several of Abbo’s posse, including his national security adviser (and former spook) Mark Higgie, together with Abbott’s young, smart social policy adviser Helen Baxendale.

[VEXNEWS: Patriot readers with long memories will recall the predecessor publication of VEXNEWS first celebrated Baxendale’s arrival in Abbott’s office as an ‘intern’. She has kicked on considerably since then, as we shall see. Some of Helen’s many fans think there must be a causal connection between her arrival in Abbott’s office and the sensationally good political fortune he has enjoyed since.]

In contrast to the enthusiastic welcome given to Mitchell by the mainly Germaine Greer era feminist audience, the Abbott crew were (unsurprisingly) conspicuous for their scoffing, non-applause and unfriendly questions. Perhaps an understandable reaction, but not good trade craft. Note to self: spies must blend in.

The agitprop efforts of the Abbott juggernaut have been noticed elsewhere.

BosshogFor example, the Australian’s international editor, Greg Sheridan has always had a soft spot for Abbott (as he has had for Rudd). Sheridan, while brilliant, is a man of curious enthusiasms. His love for tweed gives him the air of an Oxford don, although one with sometimes very small l-liberal tendencies, he once managed to convince himself that former Premier John Brumby was a redneck to be equated with Boss Hog because Indian students were the occasional victim of crime in Melbourne’s naked city.

But Sheridan’s recent piece on Abbott’s international outlook (‘Abbott has right staff to master the world‘ – ) was unalloyed admiration.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but this followed frequent sightings of Sheridan schmoozing with Abbott staffers, including at a boozy evening at the Parliament House Queen Victoria Terrace bar (this time again with Higgie and Baxendale – whose presence rarely goes unnoticed by Press Gallery male hacks – plus the head of Abbott’s research team, Murray Cranston), where their huddle was only interrupted by occasional blasts of the Coalition ringtone (‘There will be no carbon tax…’).

Sheridan was also seen in extended conversation with Higgie over several days at the high-powered recent Australia-America Leadership Dialogue in Perth, appearing to prefer Coalition company to that of the Gillard Government officials also present. The Abbott staffer no doubt regaled Sheridan with his just-completed adventures with Scott Morrison compiling refugee horror stories in Kuala Lumpur’s slums in order to help sabotage PM Gillard’s latest offshore processing plan.


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  1. Mitchell’s book is such a load of rubbish that even Labor types don’t seem to want to be associated with it. The claim that Abbott is a woman-hating extremist isn’t convincing and rehashing these claims just looks lame and desperate.

    That Coalition ring-tone must drive Laborites in Parliament House crazy.

    Posted by Jenny Dwyer | October 9, 2011, 18:30
  2. whatever else is said about tony Abbott – Christopher Pearson backs him all the way!

    Posted by The Insider | October 10, 2011, 11:24
  3. The author here Mitchell is reckleesly imposing her anti Tony and other extreme views on us! Not good enough so dont buy that book! ! M is seen as very aggressive ,out of touch and she didnt even care to correct the media who report that she represents the views of all women Well what a load of hogwash that is! M doesnot represent all women by a clear mile! About eighty percent of women have their babies they do not abort! People are turning off her rabid aggressive womens choice view, yes Ms Mitchell you are all for choice so long as its you own and no one elses,in other words you try and ram youranti-life views and a most unedifying book at us! DNA shows its a babies body not a womans so for an academic who is informed! Not you! Tony Abbott is a perfect gentleman to women cant say you are a perfect lady far from it! We will CHOOSE not to swallow the rubbish you write go back to school to learn how to write a balanced article its you who is out of touch with Australian women and not Tony! Long Live Tony Abbott!

    Posted by DNA | October 10, 2011, 12:02
  4. Lol you idiot.

    Posted by Jefferson | October 10, 2011, 14:05
  5. Percy would love to have a shot at the Blonde cor!

    Posted by Boofa | October 10, 2011, 14:24
  6. We didnt see this campaign against Gillard to try and stop her being PM? Now arent those people like Mitchell above so dumb because Gillard the anti-lifer has brought the ALP to its knees in the polls! Dear feminists for choice what choice did the Australian people get when Gillard knifed Rudd. No the feminists just dont like strong men like Tony Abott because such men dont kowtow to their shortsighted views that see 100, 000 Australians aborted every year thats one AFL grandfinal crowd wiped out every year!Thats just not good enough because Australia needs its babies to be born and not aborted to keep this country going to support its elderly . No the feminists are all about themselves their selfish choices and they couldnt give a toss about anyone else eg the eldery,or the future properity of the country, No they just seek to demonise Tony Abbott so they can get their own selfish choose death ways!

    Posted by PROSPERITY! | October 10, 2011, 21:45
  7. No wonder Mike Baird is trying to make an impact in Canberra. His performance at the Tax Forum showed a lot positive leadership. Not quite the policy free zone of Abbo and his wrecking crew.

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | October 10, 2011, 22:09
  8. Mike Baird

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | October 10, 2011, 22:09
  9. Wasn’t my bike good enough, Tony?

    Posted by Brian | October 10, 2011, 22:13
  10. good point Taking of Pell – I understand that Baird the Younger wants to emulate Daddy dearestand serve the people in 2 parliaments (and qualify for 2 pensions!)

    Posted by The Insider | October 11, 2011, 8:13
  11. Mike already has a young liberal lined up to takeover his state seat when he heads for Canberra. They are soul mates apparently

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | October 11, 2011, 20:09
  12. @taking of Pell – you sound green with envy?

    Posted by The Insider | October 12, 2011, 12:33
  13. Leave the staffers alone.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | October 13, 2011, 20:19
  14. Bite me

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | October 13, 2011, 20:22
  15. Cor!

    I’ll gladly give Miss Baxendale a ride home.

    Posted by RDR | October 14, 2011, 23:17
  16. Taking of Pell 123 is spot on. Baird will be off to Canberra and he’s already got his ‘true Manly local’ lad set up to take over the throne.

    Posted by Stafferintheknow | October 17, 2011, 20:25


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