Tony Abbott’s Legacy
Tony Abbott’s Australian political career may be over, but as a former Prime Minister and now experienced statesman, he has much wisdom to offer other politicians and global leaders.
Abbott did have many failures as Prime Minister, which gave his enemies in the Liberal Party the opportunity to remove him from office two years after his historic 2013 landslide election victory.
But he did leave a significant legacy as Prime Minister, the centrepiece of it being stopping the boats. Kevin Rudd and Labor dismantled Australia’s successful border-protection arrangements in 2008, resulting in 50,000 people illegally arriving by boat and 1,000 drowned at sea during the remainder of their period in government.
Stopping the Boats
Stopping the boats was Abbott’s key campaign promise in the 2010 and 2013 elections. Abbott was told by Labor and the media it could not be done, that it was all push factors, not pull factors set by government policy.
But upon taking office in September 2013 with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, the Abbott Government implemented Operation Sovereign Borders, a defence operation designed by Major General Jim Molan.
Since the implementation of this operation, which facilitated boat turnbacks coupled with the reintroduction of temporary protection visas, Australia has not seen an illegal boat reach its shores for five years.
Tony Abbott remained in parliament after his removal as Prime Minister in 2015. Although just a backbencher, throughout that time, GetUp and other leftist activists successfully ran a campaign to unseat him in Warringah. He lost at the 2019 federal election to climate-change activist Zali Steggal.
European Migrant Crisis
While Tony Abbott was stopping the boats into Australia in 2013, nations in Europe were opening up their borders to migrant boats coming from the Middle East and Africa. From the beginning of the migrant crisis to the current year, European has seen over two million illegal migrants swarm the continent.
The globalist European Union has been pressuring its member states to take in their fair share of illegal migrants. The nations of Poland, Hungary and Italy have been resisting this pressure citing security concerns, and preserving their national and cultural identities.
Hungry’s Viktor Orban
The national leader who has been the strongest advocate of this resistance is Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The original wall-builder, his government erected a border fence next to Serbia and Croatia to stop illegal migrants entering his nation.
Orban in Hungary has been promoting the preservation of Hungarian identity and values. In an effort to stop demographic decline in the nation, Orban has promoted the traditional family unit and incentivised couples to have more than two children.
It should surprise no one, given their strong border protection records, that Viktor Orban would invite Tony Abbott to speak at a summit on demography held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Tony Abbott’s Speech
Abbott, now unshackled from the constraints of being an MP expected to toe the party line, was blunt about what mass migration and low birthrates mean for western nations: “The problem with the people who have been swarming across the borders in Europe in very recent times is that you don’t get any impression that they come to join. You get the impression they come to change”.
Abbott also pointed out who the alleged asylum-seekers flooding into Europe really are: “You get a million angry military-age males swarming into a single country in a year. They are not there to be grateful, they are there with a grievance. And people who come with a grievance are very different to people who come with gratitude in their hearts.”
Abbott coupled these statements of the obvious by linking mass migration to demographic decline, citing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to have two children for the sake of the planet as a key example. “Having fewer children in western countries will hardly make the climate better when so many children are being born elsewhere,” Abbott said.
Abbott praised Orban’s pro-family policies, stating “I think he is perfectly entitled to take that focus,” “as a general rule, I am all in favour of families with children” and that native-born children are the best migrants to a nation. Abbott said that declining populations were the true ‘extinction’ threat to nations.
Reaction to Abbott’s Speech
Tony Abbott’s appearance at this summit and praise for Viktor Orban triggered the leftist media back in Australia into hysterics. They labelled Orban “far-right” and “racist” for his nationalist policies.
Abbott’s speech appeared to agree with “The Great Replacement” observation that majority white and European nations are being replaced by migrants from the Middle East and Africa as part of current uncontrolled mass-migration trends.
The Great Replacement is labelled by Wikipedia as a white nationalist right-wing conspiracy theory, part the larger white genocide conspiracy theory promoted by Western far-right movements.
Social media reaction to Abbott’s visit to Hungary was that he has become more alt-right in his retirement. Abbott as a backbencher did also call for cuts to Australian migration levels, though did not implement any reductions of immigration while Prime Minister.
Why Border Protection Matters
Viktor Orban, contrary to demagogue accusations he receives, knows he must control his nation’s borders and preserve its culture to ensure that Hungary remains a peaceful and cohesive nation. Orban is hungry for Abbott’s advice because of his success at stopping potential further illegal mass migration to Australia, which has instead plagued Europe.
Abbott stopped the boats not because he is a racist, but to prevent social unrest from occurring in Australia, which has occurred in Europe as the migrants continue to pour in. Orban could not have invited a more experienced guest speaker for his demography summit.