The Prime Minister is at it again, refusing to answer questions that he doesn’t like. And in typical fashion he went on the offensive when responding to a perhaps inappropriate question from a member of the media.
Readers will know my opinion of the media and their attempts to influence government policy, but in this case the question was inappropriate for the occasion, but the response by the Prime Minister was equally inappropriate.
The hostile response, and the demeaning manner in which he addressed the member of the media, was inappropriate for a Prime Minister. Perhaps it would have more appropriate to ignore the question, or reject it as being inappropriate, and move on. No. Not Tony Abbott. He embarks on a tirade of opinion on his perception of a “decline in standards” by the media. Perhaps the question was inappropriate, but Tony Abbott should have identified it as such, and treated the question accordingly. His reaction was unbecoming a holder of high political office.
If the Prime Minister would like to see an improvement in standards, he has to look no further than his own repeated gaffes in public and parliament. To stem the “decline in standards”, Tony Abbott needs to address the way he interacts with the Australian media and public. Behaviour such as this by a Prime Minister is inappropriate, unprofessional and questions his suitability for high office. The behaviour of politicians both on state and federal level is partly responsible for the “decline in standards!”