Taken directly from the Liberal Party website. Apparently it’s a time-honoured tradition that the Prime Minister lambasts the Press, and the Leader of the Opposition vigorously defends it. This is only embarrassing when you have occupied both roles.
Here’s what he said when he was leader of the Opposition.
TONY ABBOTT: I think that it’s important that we have proper privacy protection and the Coalition is open to looking at better privacy protection proposals. But let’s not confuse that with what has happened in the United Kingdom and let’s not have more attempts by Government ministers to bluff media organisations out of proper reporting of the Government’s carbon tax disaster.
QUESTION: So you won’t be supporting the legislation the Government’s putting up?
TONY ABBOTT: Well let’s wait and see. The last thing I want to do is support anything which is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate the press.
QUESTION: But where you do you draw the line if, obviously the carbon tax, you want that scrutinised as much as possible. What are you talking about in support of greater privacy laws?
TONY ABBOTT: Look, we’ve been very well served by the media in Australia. Yes, politicians don’t always like the coverage that they get but if you’re in public life you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth and a vigorous, critical media is an important part of a healthy democracy and I think the Prime Minister should accept that.