Tony Abbott is a fool, but he is more than that.
He is his a disgrace.
Watch Leigh Sales undertake this magnificent take down of the Australia’s would be Prime Minister.
Watch him dissemble, evade, lie:
Mr Abbott is continuing his political attack on the Government over the mining giant’s decision to mothball a $30 billion expansion to its Olympic Dam mine, saying the mining tax and the carbon tax are partially to blame.
But BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers says the decision was forced by rising costs and weaker commodity prices, and had nothing to do with the mining tax, which does not apply to the copper, uranium or gold extracted from the site.
“But hang on, no, no, you haven’t read their statements today, but you’re on commenting about what they’ve announced today and how the Federal Government’s to blame for that,” she said.
“Leigh, I didn’t say that the carbon tax and the mining tax were solely to blame,” Mr Abbott replied.
“I said that the carbon tax and the mining tax have created an environment where it’s much more difficult for investments like this to go ahead.
“I bleed for the people of South Australia tonight because there’s 8,000 construction jobs, 4,000 production jobs and 13,000 associated jobs that are at the very best on indefinite hold because of this decision.”
But this morning Mr Abbott said he had read the BHP document “about 3:45pm yesterday afternoon” before going on 7.30.
Go on watch it, it qualifies as Australia’s most embarrassing political performance.