Jaymes Diaz “Probably Gave Too Much Away”: Abbott

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott conceded that the Liberal candidate for the seat of Greenway, Jaymes Diaz, overstepped the mark by going into too much detail about party policy during an interview with Channel 10 yesterday.

During the six minute interview, Mr Diaz discussed the the ins and outs of a wide range of Coalition policies. When questioned about the Coalition’s direct action policy, for example, he waxed lyrical about planting trees, armies and even let slip “we have a solar panel” (2:10).

Mr Abbott said such painstakingly detailed responses went against the spirit of the party . “We haven’t got to where we are today by engaging in highbrow, intellectual discussions about areas of policy. And, as I pointed out in no uncertain terms to Mr Diaz on the phone this morning, we’re not about to start now”.

A Liberal Party strategist said it was unfortunate that so much detail was given away so early in the campaign, “We’ve got to keep some stuff up our sleeve,” he said.

Despite his frustration, Mr Abbott said he’d forgiven Diaz. “Look, he’s a relatively young bloke, he’s in his early 30s, so he hasn’t quite learnt yet just how excruciatingly basic our communication strategy is”.

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12 Comments

  1. uloola

    August 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

    It was Channel 10, only people with an IQ that is the same as their shoe size watches that dross.

    • Human Kind (@RISirius)

      August 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Yes…and ch10 reporter that showed how to ask questions and then follow up. A lesson for some other reporters.

  2. Samantha Banfield

    August 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Absolutely spot on!! So hilarious! That’s all I can say… and so quick. You are awesome! Is this a team effort or the work of a lone marksperson?

    • The Shovel

      August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      300-400 people full time. We outsourced all of our writing to a factory in China some time ago.

      • Brenden Prazner

        August 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Ahh huh! That explains why all recent articles are starting with “Dear Kind Sir or Madam”.

  3. uloola

    August 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I thought all new Liberal candidates were compelled to read George Orwells Nineteen Eighty Four so that they can understand the subtle nuances of ‘Newspeak’ and ‘Doublethink’.

  4. david ewart (@davidbewart)

    August 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I don’t recall discussing the NBN with Murdoch .turnbull http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/transcript-2ue-sydney-8-august-2013#.UgM66pIwqq8

  5. Rob Tannock

    August 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    haha right wack abbott you deserve imbiciles like this goose and barnaby joyce yeh and you tony well thats a trifecta

  6. Richie

    August 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Eleventy out of ten.. Gold Medal stuff Shovel! 🙂

  7. Indira

    August 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Despite his frustration, Mr Abbott said he’d forgiven Diaz. A parent forgiving his child. When a candidate wins by stacking what do u get Jamie Diaz.

  8. Boy Lacson

    August 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    He was asked about 8 times about Liberals 6 point plan, all he can say is “stopped the boats” repetitively. so what can you expect from him when he’s elected in parliament, Its a disgrace to the Libs and low quality as a politician.

  9. singh

    August 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Greenway is getting worse with this calibre of pollies.