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Tony Abbott’s Guide To Body Language In Radio Interviews

We now know that a wink means ‘happy to proceed’. But what are the other codes that politicians use to communicate with interviewers in the cut and thrust of live talkback radio? Prime Minister Tony Abbott shares his secrets.

wink“Happy to proceed”


middle finger 3“Let’s just take one more call”



blow “Can you repeat the caller’s name? It’s a bit of a mouthful”


two middle fingers “I think there are actually two questions there, I’ll take them one at a time”.


wanker“Don’t worry, I can handle this one”


tunnel “I think the caller might be on a train going through a tunnel, so this call might cut out”.


two finger salute“Two sugars thanks”


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