‘Died of shame’: focus on Abbott’s use of controversial phrase

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Yesterday, at the peak of arguments over a motion to remove Peter Slipper as speaker of the house, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told parliament that every day Ms Gillard supported Mr Slipper was ‘another day of shame for a government which should already have died of shame’.

Some observers accused Mr Abbott of using the line as a stinging repetition of broadcaster Alan Jones’s widely denounced comments about the PM’s late father.

In the parliament, Ms Gillard was incensed. ‘The government is not dying of shame. My father did not die of shame’, she replied.

Mr Abbott told 2UE that he had not intended any connection to Jones’s comments. ‘I’d completely forgotten about [it], of course, but nevertheless’, he said. ‘I have said time and time again that this is a government that has died of shame, that should have died of shame years ago’.
‘It was a clear reference to the government. I don’t think anyone, anyone, should be trying to make something out of this’.
‘It just goes to show how, I suppose, the political correctness police are on a rampage for anyone to even think there was a problem’.

A search of Hansard showed Mr Abbott had used the phrase in parliament at least three times in the last year.

Source: SMH

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