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It is interesting that the more entangled in the heroics of the winky wanky bird impersonation that the ALP get, they are now attempting to banish humour from our airwaves.

Tony Abbott is being lambasted for an off the cuff remark this morning on 3AW, about the Italian cruise ship disaster.

I myself never go on cruises, the boats seem so top heavy. It was no surprise that it toppled over in that harbour.

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is under fire after joking about the cruise liner disaster in which at least 11 people died off the Italian coast.

More than 20 people are still missing after the ship ran aground on rocks off the island of Giglio last Friday, and specialist divers are using explosives to blow holes in the hull in a desperate hunt for any survivors.

During an interview on Triple M radio in Adelaide this morning, Mr Abbott made light of the situation.

"This is a bit from left field mate, the captain of the Costa Concordia wants to know if you need any help with your boat policy?" the Triple M announcer said.

"Well, that was one boat that did get stopped, wasn't it," Mr Abbot replied, to laughter.

Federal Labor MP Rob Mitchell was quick to pounce on the remarks on Twitter.

"Can't believe Abbott made his childish boat jokes about the #CostaConcordia disaster when people died & are still missing," he tweeted.

"He must come out and apologise."
This is so 1990's. Has this bloke Mitchell never been in a pub, where tragic circumstances are made bearable by humour?

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There's the concept of "too soon". In the same week, it's not funny. Months later it is funny. Strange but true. People are weird. So, recency is a big factor, but also depends on the size of the tragedy, whether it involves people you are close to or people you don't care about.

As an example, when Gary Coleman died, people thought it was hilarious and immediately went into joke overdrive. There was no thought for his family or friends, nor the tragedy of how his life played out. Contrast that with the death of an Australian cricketer's wife, and it becomes very, very serious and respectful, even many years later. As I say, people are weird.

I would have thought that all life was to be respected equally, but this is clearly not the case with many.
 
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There's the concept of "too soon". In the same week, it's not funny. Months later it is funny. Strange but true. People are weird. So, recency is a big factor, but also depends on the size of the tragedy, whether it involves people you are close to or people you don't care about.

As an example, when Gary Coleman died, people thought it was hilarious and immediately went into joke overdrive. There was no thought for his family or friends, nor the tragedy of how his life played out. Contrast that with the death of an Australian cricketer's wife, and it becomes very, very serious and respectful, even many years later. As I say, people are weird.

I would have thought that all life was to be respected equally, but this is clearly not the case with many.
I can't agree in this case. It is nothing more than an ALP member trying to score a political point out of nothing. The ABC was the same this morning, trying to blow the issue out of proportion.
 
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I can't agree in this case. It is nothing more than an ALP member trying to score a political point out of nothing. The ABC was the same this morning, trying to blow the issue out of proportion.
I'd agree, bn, this bloke Mitchell should be a member of the mordant Greens, rather than the ALP.

That the ALP, a great party has been brought low by such politically correct members, is a shame.

Mitchell is the idiot, not Abbott for an off the cuff remark.

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The tragedy is Abbott trying to be funny.
At least he tries mate.

When was the last time you heard an ALP frontbencher crack a joke?

Although everytime they have a frontbench photo opportunity, I suppose is a joke enough in itself.

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I lean to the right a bit in politics and I can't help but think that in todays touchy, feely world he was asking for trouble.

Much to soon in my book
 

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I can't agree in this case. It is nothing more than an ALP member trying to score a political point out of nothing. The ABC was the same this morning, trying to blow the issue out of proportion.
Agree, and with gg. Too many people being way too precious way too much of the time.
 
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I'd agree, bn, this bloke Mitchell should be a member of the mordant Greens, rather than the ALP.

That the ALP, a great party has been brought low by such politically correct members, is a shame.

Mitchell is the idiot, not Abbott for an off the cuff remark.

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The remarks themselves, while nothing horrendous, just show a basic lack of judgment.

Some Aussies would have had family members drown in that incident. If you think that's funny, fine. I don't. Not that I find it greatly offensive either, it's just sort of dumb. He's supposed to be a leader, not a comic.

In a few weeks time, comedians will make jokes of it, and that's fine if they need to do that to allay their own anxiety. Others will hug their dogs to relieve anxiety.

Would a joke about the Qld floods have been funny a few days after it happened? People are free to say whatever they like as far as I am concerned, but I don't have to laugh if it's not funny. Humour is a good coping strategy for life's stresses, I agree. Personally I like my politicians to show good judgement.
 

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At least he tries mate.

When was the last time you heard an ALP frontbencher crack a joke?


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How about Swans budget, that got a lotta laughs.

I thought the majority of labors policy is in the joke worthy status.
 
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Just another example of labor being preoccupied with Tony. Just adds to the perception that the government has an inferiority complex.
Maybe Bob could tender for the wreck and put it in service on the Indonesia/ Christmas Island run.:eek:
 
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The remarks themselves, while nothing horrendous, just show a basic lack of judgment.

Some Aussies would have had family members drown in that incident. If you think that's funny, fine. I don't. Not that I find it greatly offensive either, it's just sort of dumb. He's supposed to be a leader, not a comic.

In a few weeks time, comedians will make jokes of it, and that's fine if they need to do that to allay their own anxiety. Others will hug their dogs to relieve anxiety.

Would a joke about the Qld floods have been funny a few days after it happened? People are free to say whatever they like as far as I am concerned, but I don't have to laugh if it's not funny. Humour is a good coping strategy for life's stresses, I agree. Personally I like my politicians to show good judgement.
Agree with this. It's not an offensive joke to the Australian electorate, but Abbott is the opposition leader of our country. It only creates negative multilateral tensions. Just highlights poor form on Abbott's part. In a vacuum, Labor should not continue to comment on the situation. The problem lies in the fact that the electorate are incapable of rationale judgement and are just as useless as the politicians, therefore comment does and will continue to occur as they can be easily manipulated.
 

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Mr Abbott was questioned about the incident during an interview after riding in a bicycle cancer charity event in South Australia this morning.
Describing the comment as ‘‘banter’’ he said he accepted it was probably not something he should have said.


Read more:http://www.theage.com.au/national/abbott-cruise-ship-joke-lacks-judgment-20120120-1q9cp.html
Lol ya bad judgement but I like how they try and string him up while he is doing charity work. I wonder what Rob Mitchell was doing with his time. Aussies trying to be politically correct and serious is a bit of a laugh in itself. By the time this is over labor will pinpoint the sinking of the Concordia as Abbotts doing.
 

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Another lopsided right wing thread bemoaning anyone critical of Tony Abbott saying something insensitive (from the bloke that referred to the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan by way of "sh!t happens.."), what more would you expect?
 
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Another lopsided right wing thread bemoaning anyone critical of Tony Abbott saying something insensitive (from the bloke that referred to the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan by way of "sh!t happens.."), what more would you expect?
Cheap shots should be seen for what they are.
 

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Here come the usual suspects like flies to a turd:D
Hey I was going to say the same thing about you and nulla, but seeing how butt hurt you guys were over Abbotts comments I didn’t have the heart (or the tissues) to offend. You lefties are such softies, all hugging political correctness and $hit.:D
 

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