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Abbott blames ‘febrile media culture’ for his demise

Tony Abbott has blamed ‘a febrile media culture, a character assassination and white-anting’ for his demise from Australian leadership. In his final speech today he also gave an advice to the media: “Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country and a febrile media culture has developed […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 15, 2015 5:01 pm

Tony Abbott has blamed ‘a febrile media culture, a character assassination and white-anting’ for his demise from Australian leadership.

In his final speech today he also gave an advice to the media:

“Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country and a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery.”

“And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to; refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife”

In his final address as Prime Minister, Abbott said:

“My pledge today is to make this change as easy as I can.There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping. I have never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.”

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