'S--t happens' for Tony Abbott




SEPTEMBER, 2010: An Australian soldier claims our troops are not getting the support they need, on the front-line in Afghanistan.

The un-named soldier has sent an email to a friend at home, claiming he's been exposed to unnecessary risks.

PLAY AUDIO: Jim Molan speaks about the email on 3AW

The soldier claims he fought aside Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney and believes his death last month, could have been avoided if they'd been supplied with adequate intelligence and resources.

Retired Major General Jim Molan says the email is clearly emotional, but makes valid points.

Real Tears? Many don't think so

jg AUDIO: Prime Minister Julia Gillard fought back tears in a rare show of emotion as she addressed Parliament this afternoon, choking up as she described the impact of floods that have ravaged the country. Listen to her speech here.


'Political Storms'

gilllard abbott HINCH: "Most of the recent headlines have been about stormy weather but there are also political storms looming for both our leaders. Neither Julia Gillard nor Tony Abbott seems to be covering themselves with glory these days."

23 comments so far

  • Abbott definately sounded blaise about the whole thing. Commander Creighton comment directly afterwards was he as an American G.I. stressing the fight is demanding. That the Commander was expectedly indicating more support is needed to continue fighting. All to be expected from a nation which has done all the heavy lifting. It's Abbotts subsequent reaction that confirms that his statement really didn't have a question mark at the end of it. That silence after being confronted will always cast doubt over his views on soldiering. It's not that he's making light of it, he's just indifferent to what some people do regarding sacrafice. In that context he's no better than Gillard.

    Dean Fullerton
    Date and time
    February 08, 2011, 9:48PM
    • Fairdinken,TonyAbbott spoke without malice talk about building up a story channel 7.......

      Shame on you.....With family watching....."is the media the next mad fascist

      Channel 7, you are a disgrace......for letting that go to air...

      Date and time
      February 08, 2011, 10:01PM
      • As a Vietnam Vet, I am disgusted at Abbott's comment. The other diggers complained about lack of fire support - Abbott should have pressed the Yanks on that, not dismissed it as an accident. The Libs started these 2 wars, you would think he would support our diggers, not dismiss a death so cheaply. He was too worried about jet lag to get there first, now he does this. The man is an ignorant fool.

        Mike Dutton
        Date and time
        February 08, 2011, 10:45PM
        • He simply was saying sometimes bad stuff happens its as simple as that. If it was such a long proccess where did the information come from for them to start to search for the film.

          Date and time
          February 09, 2011, 5:12AM
          • Where does Mark Riley have a drink after work? we would like to 'interview' him.

            rory macneil
            Date and time
            February 09, 2011, 6:47AM
            • Gillard crying with Australian the flag labour is commited to get rid of what a joke

              l ross
              Date and time
              February 09, 2011, 7:38AM
              • Chanel 7 news as usual trying hard to make a big deal out of nothing,and Mark Riley looked like a goose when he didn't get an answer...

                Date and time
                February 09, 2011, 7:40AM
                • Another crying Prime Minister and an Opposition Leader that can'texpress himselfunder pressure.... God help us all!

                  Frank Stone
                  Date and time
                  February 09, 2011, 7:42AM
                  • Another media beat up.
                    S**t happens is a traditional aussie summation used in situations where all care and precaution has been taken, where no individual has done wrong, where all the rules have been followed but the whole thing has turned to S**t.
                    Probably the perfect words to use in the situation of Jared MacKinney.

                    Dave of Syndall
                    Date and time
                    February 09, 2011, 7:55AM
                    • Riley you are a low act and should be sacked.

                      Date and time
                      February 09, 2011, 8:55AM

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