Hang on, did Andrew Bolt just negatively judge Tony Abbott?!

Stop press! Did Andrew Bolt just appear to pass judgement on Tony Abbott’s executive reintroduction of knights and dames?

From Bolt’s blog;

Strange. Only last December Tony Abbott seemed to rule out what he’s now done:

HE restored an oath of allegiance to the Queen when he was sworn in as Prime Minister, but Tony Abbott has ruled out bringing back Knights and Dames in Australia

Mr Abbott said he did not support the idea, which would involve converting the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) to Knighthoods or reintroducing a new regal honour.

“It’s true that some people have said to me: ‘What about doing what New Zealand did’,’’ Mr Abbott said.

“But I don’t think it would be practical to just rebadge ACs. There was a rarity to their AC equivalent which made it easier for them to do this.”

I’m not sure, without seeing a transcript of the interview, whether Abbott indeed ruled out bringing back Knights and Dames or whether he was just dismissing the New Zealand model for doing so. He did add:


I don’t mind having Knights and Dames around. We’ve thankfully still got a few.

Admittedly, Bolt does temper his argument by stating, rightly, that he could not be sure whether Abbott did actually rule out bringing back knighthoods without seeing the transcript of the interview, which was with the Sunday Telegraph. I can’t find the transcript anywhere. The statement

Mr Abbott said he did not support the idea, which would involve converting the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) to Knighthoods or reintroducing a new regal honour.

is from an article on the Daily Telegraph website, who presumably had a copy of the interview when they wrote the article, but I’ve seen it repeated almost verbatim in a few other places such as The Guardian Australia and Ozpolitic, who presumably didn’t. Tsk tsk. I will join Bolt (there’s a first time for everything!) in only tentatively drawing the conclusion that Abbott has just done exactly what he said he wouldn’t only a very short time ago. It does seem quite strange to change one’s mind on an issue such as this in such a short time frame without really good reason.

Here’s the original article from Bolt’s blog.

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