|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
Abbott Under Pressure to Hold Seat
By Phil Davey
Serial head kicker and Federal Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott is looking shaky in his seat of Warringah.
His opposition takes the form of an independent, Dr Peter McDonald, who formerly held the state seat of Manly.
McDonald is enjoying somewhat of a second coming on the Northern beaches.
His message of compassion for asylum seekers and honesty and transparency in Government is by all accounts gaining support in an electorate growing tired of the foot in mouth antics of Abbott.
The themes of McDonald's campaign - community and collectivism- are in stark contrast to Abbott, known across the country as a pathological hater and an unreconstructed individualist.
Locals are saying that McDonald is comprehensively out campaigning Abbott.
McDonald has a number of structural advantages he is playing to;-
1. His years working for Medicines San Frontiers in East Timor since leaving state parliament look good compared to the career politician Abbott
2. He has a capacity to engage with voters without menacing them as Abbott does
3. He is not a known bovver-boy like Abbott.
Saturday night November 10 keep an eye out for Warringah as the results come in. There are very few in our community who will mourn the loss of Tony Abbott to the Parliament.
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Economics: Manufacturing Prosperity
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History: War And Politics
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International: Globalising Labour
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Review: Security - Who Needs it?
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