Tony Abbott apparently thinks he’s on a winner with the revelation that the tobacco companies managed to slip some cash to Labor after it started refusing them through the front door:
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott yesterday said: ”Certainly she [health minister Nicola Roxon] has been remarkably shrill on this issue.
”It must be a pretty embarrassing thing to have been caught out on this, but that is a matter for her to explain.”
Not half as embarrassing as receiving $3 million from the cancer stick pushers since 1998 like you have (and continue to do), Tony, and then pushing their interests in parliament at the expense of Australians’ health. Not even a fraction as embarrassing – hers was a minor cockup; yours is a continuing sellout for which you’re not even sorry.
PS Isn’t the problem with corrupting donations when the party does what the donor demands? (Like the Liberals do.) Well, if Labor did take the tobacco companies’ money, it’s clearly not been corrupted by it because, obviously, it’s presently fighting them tooth and nail. (Which is why they’ve released this supposedly “embarrassing” information.) In some ways, that’s even better – take their cash, and then use it against them. It’s only a sellout if you give them what they want.
PPS “Shrill”? Get stuffed, you silly old misogynist.