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Tony Abbott’s law of equality of opportunity

By John Hargreaves - 23 May 2014 41

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A young lady I know just showed me an internet post which said: I voted Liberal because I could not afford a design degree. Well might you ask, what is this all about. It’s about preferential treatment and the contrast for poor uni students.

It appears Tony’s daughter got a $60,000 scholarship largely because of who her family was connected to. No doubt she was a worthy recipient but what competition for that one occurred? Rumour has it that it was she was the first Whitehouse scholarship awarded. Mmmmmm.

Had I known of this opportunity I would have let a boat load of girls I know to apply. What chances of competing with Mr Abbott’s daughter once the people giving out the scholarships knew she was Tony’s daughter?

It is all too easy to screw the cash strapped uni student to the wall when you can get a friend to fund your kid’s degree.
Wish I’d thought of this when I was an MLA.

What’s Your opinion?


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Tony Abbott’s law of equality of opportunity
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Gibbo 9:37 pm
23 May 14
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According to an article in The Guardian, Frances was the second to receive the scholarship within the 25 years of the existence of the college http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/former-classmates-angry-scholarship-abbotts-daughter

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HardBallGets 10:36 pm
23 May 14
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“Wish I’d thought of this when I was an MLA.”

Probably would have buggered it up John.

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justin heywood 9:36 am
24 May 14
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Really? After all that Abbott has done this week, the best you’ve got is a claim that “a young lady I know just showed me” and then regurgitate some Guardian article.

It’s not as though like nepotism and cronyism are foreign concepts to you or for side of politics John. On your own way out of politics, didn’t you try and wrangle a preselection for someone in your own family?

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dungfungus 9:56 am
24 May 14
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This happened 3 years ago so why is it news now?

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Queen_of_the_Bun 10:51 am
24 May 14
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dungfungus said :

This happened 3 years ago so why is it news now?

Because Tony Abbott – who along with most of his Cabinet (and me) received free university education – last week put university education further out of the reach of most young people. He pretends to be in touch with the struggles of ordinary families, yet his child received a secretive scholarship.

I’m not a fan of picking on families of politicians, but Mr Abbott was happy to put his daughters front and centre of his election campaign as proof that he is a regular guy. That makes them fair game if they are found to have received preferential treatment that the majority of the population don’t have access to.

This is symbolic of this overly conservative government’s approach. All young people must EARN OR LEARN – Mark Latham first used that TLA BTW – but we have a Prime Minister who on $500k a year can afford to put his children through uni but doesn’t have to because someone else picks up the tab.

Then after graduating his daughter gets a job from the same person picking up the tab – and the private tertiary education sector gets permission to charge whatever they like for students. Coincidence?

His daughter won’t need the dole because she is “working as a teacher’s aide”
http://www.smh.com.au/national/system-that-awarded-scholarship-to-frances-abbott-is-still-a-mystery-20140523-38ue3.html at Whitehouse, the same place she was given a $60k scholarship to study at. Of course people like Mr Abbott cannot understand what regular Australians go through, because they’ve never seen their children struggle to get a job and pay off their HECS.

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HiddenDragon 10:52 am
24 May 14
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Insinuendos of nepotism/patronage/favouritism – shock! horror! – that would never, ever happen in Labor circles, would it……..

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justin heywood 12:10 pm
24 May 14
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HiddenDragon said :

I’m not a fan of picking on families of politicians, but ……

…but everybody hates Abbott so it’s not REALLY hypocrisy?

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dungfungus 12:17 pm
24 May 14
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Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

This happened 3 years ago so why is it news now?

Because Tony Abbott – who along with most of his Cabinet (and me) received free university education – last week put university education further out of the reach of most young people. He pretends to be in touch with the struggles of ordinary families, yet his child received a secretive scholarship.

I’m not a fan of picking on families of politicians, but Mr Abbott was happy to put his daughters front and centre of his election campaign as proof that he is a regular guy. That makes them fair game if they are found to have received preferential treatment that the majority of the population don’t have access to.

This is symbolic of this overly conservative government’s approach. All young people must EARN OR LEARN – Mark Latham first used that TLA BTW – but we have a Prime Minister who on $500k a year can afford to put his children through uni but doesn’t have to because someone else picks up the tab.

Then after graduating his daughter gets a job from the same person picking up the tab – and the private tertiary education sector gets permission to charge whatever they like for students. Coincidence?

His daughter won’t need the dole because she is “working as a teacher’s aide”
http://www.smh.com.au/national/system-that-awarded-scholarship-to-frances-abbott-is-still-a-mystery-20140523-38ue3.html at Whitehouse, the same place she was given a $60k scholarship to study at. Of course people like Mr Abbott cannot understand what regular Australians go through, because they’ve never seen their children struggle to get a job and pay off their HECS.

Most young people drive modern, new cars and they range in price from $20K. They are usually financed by a loan.
The cost of a 4 year arts degree at ANU for an Australian is about $20K. An Arts graduate fro ANU will easily get a job in Canberra and the starting salary will be about $50K pa so where is the “struggle” and the “hardship”?
Tony Abbott isn’t a wealthy person (check out the financial interest register) and he has only been earning the PM level salary for 6 months and that is not $500K as you claim.
Past Labor PMs were exceptionally wealthy – did that bother you too? Rudd regularly appeared on the election forum with his wealthy wife and family. I guess you would agree he is a regular Australian.

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justin heywood 12:33 pm
24 May 14
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justin heywood said :

HiddenDragon said :

I’m not a fan of picking on families of politicians, but ……

…but everybody hates Abbott so it’s not REALLY hypocrisy?

Sorry I stuffed the quoting up there you HD. Not your comment at all.

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milkman 12:42 pm
24 May 14
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dungfungus said :

Most young people drive modern, new cars and they range in price from $20K. They are usually financed by a loan.
The cost of a 4 year arts degree at ANU for an Australian is about $20K. An Arts graduate fro ANU will easily get a job in Canberra and the starting salary will be about $50K pa so where is the “struggle” and the “hardship”?
Tony Abbott isn’t a wealthy person (check out the financial interest register) and he has only been earning the PM level salary for 6 months and that is not $500K as you claim.
Past Labor PMs were exceptionally wealthy – did that bother you too? Rudd regularly appeared on the election forum with his wealthy wife and family. I guess you would agree he is a regular Australian.

Many young people also take a gap year and travel overseas.

I’m not a fan of deregulating university study, but to suggest people won’t be able to afford it is simply not true.

And if we want to speak about ‘fair’, how about bringing back conscription…?

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Queen_of_the_Bun 2:57 pm
24 May 14
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dungfungus said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

This happened 3 years ago so why is it news now?

Because Tony Abbott – who along with most of his Cabinet (and me) received free university education – last week put university education further out of the reach of most young people. He pretends to be in touch with the struggles of ordinary families, yet his child received a secretive scholarship.

I’m not a fan of picking on families of politicians, but Mr Abbott was happy to put his daughters front and centre of his election campaign as proof that he is a regular guy. That makes them fair game if they are found to have received preferential treatment that the majority of the population don’t have access to.

This is symbolic of this overly conservative government’s approach. All young people must EARN OR LEARN – Mark Latham first used that TLA BTW – but we have a Prime Minister who on $500k a year can afford to put his children through uni but doesn’t have to because someone else picks up the tab.

Then after graduating his daughter gets a job from the same person picking up the tab – and the private tertiary education sector gets permission to charge whatever they like for students. Coincidence?

His daughter won’t need the dole because she is “working as a teacher’s aide”
http://www.smh.com.au/national/system-that-awarded-scholarship-to-frances-abbott-is-still-a-mystery-20140523-38ue3.html at Whitehouse, the same place she was given a $60k scholarship to study at. Of course people like Mr Abbott cannot understand what regular Australians go through, because they’ve never seen their children struggle to get a job and pay off their HECS.

Most young people drive modern, new cars and they range in price from $20K. They are usually financed by a loan.
The cost of a 4 year arts degree at ANU for an Australian is about $20K. An Arts graduate fro ANU will easily get a job in Canberra and the starting salary will be about $50K pa so where is the “struggle” and the “hardship”?
Tony Abbott isn’t a wealthy person (check out the financial interest register) and he has only been earning the PM level salary for 6 months and that is not $500K as you claim.
Past Labor PMs were exceptionally wealthy – did that bother you too? Rudd regularly appeared on the election forum with his wealthy wife and family. I guess you would agree he is a regular Australian.

Really? Most of the young people I know drive used cars that they’ve bought for between $2k and $8k. My own car would be worth $6k at the most.

I applaud your acknowledgment that debt is good and worthy. Just as most Australians run a deficit to pay off their home loans. I take it that means you accept that governments must run deficits to pay for things from time to time – eg keeping people in jobs.

Re Kevin and Therese Rudd – they are independently wealthy. What’s your point? They have disclosed their income unlike our current very honest Prime Minister http://www.news.com.au/national/tony-abbotts-secret-710000-home-loans/story-e6frfkvr-1225882959756

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dungfungus 3:49 pm
24 May 14
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milkman said :

dungfungus said :

Most young people drive modern, new cars and they range in price from $20K. They are usually financed by a loan.
The cost of a 4 year arts degree at ANU for an Australian is about $20K. An Arts graduate fro ANU will easily get a job in Canberra and the starting salary will be about $50K pa so where is the “struggle” and the “hardship”?
Tony Abbott isn’t a wealthy person (check out the financial interest register) and he has only been earning the PM level salary for 6 months and that is not $500K as you claim.
Past Labor PMs were exceptionally wealthy – did that bother you too? Rudd regularly appeared on the election forum with his wealthy wife and family. I guess you would agree he is a regular Australian.

Many young people also take a gap year and travel overseas.

I’m not a fan of deregulating university study, but to suggest people won’t be able to afford it is simply not true.

And if we want to speak about ‘fair’, how about bringing back conscription…?

Yeah, conscription was the only raffle I ever won.

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Roundhead89 4:49 pm
24 May 14
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“The Whitehouse Scholarship”. Was this named after the notorious British prude Mary Whitehouse who financed the establishment of Fred Nile’s organisation in the 1970s and kickstarted the Moral Majority in the US? The daughter of Tony Abbott getting the first one? That sounds about right.

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Kim F 5:21 pm
24 May 14
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Don’t forget the Tonester also thought it appropriate that the taxpayer fund his trips so he could do his triathlons. Nose – trough – buried in it!

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John Hargreaves Ex M 5:36 pm
24 May 14
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Gibbo said :

According to an article in The Guardian, Frances was the second to receive the scholarship within the 25 years of the existence of the college http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/former-classmates-angry-scholarship-abbotts-daughter

Sorry. My info was one out. But… The other girls in her class didn’t know you could even apply. Strange that!

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