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Interview with The Grill Team, Triple M, Sydney September 27, 2012

Subjects: NRL Grand Final 2012.

E&OE……………………….…………………………………………………………………

PRESENTER:

We have three very special guests. We have a Grill Team regular and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Tony Abbott. G’day mate.

TONY ABBOTT:

Hi guys.

PRESENTER:

You’ve brought a couple of lovely ladies with you today and they happen to be your daughters.

TONY ABBOTT:

I brought the supermodels with me.

PRESENTER:

Yeah!

PRESENTER:

Bridget and Frances.

TONY ABBOTT:

And don’t they look terrific?

PRESENTER:

They look great.

PRESENTER:

Hey girls!

BRIDGET ABBOTT:

Hi!

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Hi!

PRESENTER:

Tony Abbott Federal Member for Warringah | Leader of the Opposition

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Nice to have you in. Normally when your dad comes in he is wearing just his speedos, so, nice of you to dress up, Mr Abbott. Appreciate that. You’ve enjoyed yourself at the brekky, Tony, this morning. Have you got a tip for the weekend? Do you love your

rugby league?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, I am just so upset that Manly is not there but Manly stole our coach so I’m going for the Bulldogs...

PRESENTER:

Ok…

TONY ABBOTT:

…The Bulldogs, they stole our coach, so they can have the premiership, mate.

PRESENTER:

What about you, girls? You like to come along to these things with dad, look after him, make sure he is ok? Do you love your footy?

BRIDGET ABBOTT:

Yeah.

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Bridget more so.

PRESENTER:

Who do you go for Bridge?

BRIDGET ABBOTT:

I’m a Sea Eagles girl. Every time I admit that in public, everyone’s like, you know. So I have to, you know, keep it on the low but

got my jeans on today, maroon, to support the Sea Eagles but I’m going to go with the Bulldogs as well.

PRESENTER:

What about you Frances? You don’t love it as much as Bridget, but do you enjoy at least having a laugh and watching the footy?

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Yeah, I love watching the footy. I watch it most Friday nights and I even went to a Bulldogs game earlier in the season and that was my first proper game during the season. I went to the Grand Final last year…

PRESENTER:

Oh cool.

FRANCES ABBOTT:

So, yeah, it’s actually good to see one of the Bulldogs games and then seeing one on Sunday.

PRESENTER:

You’re a Bulldog at heart then, all three of you today. That’s great.

PRESENTER:

Girls, are you proud of your dad?

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BRIDGET ABBOTT:

Very.

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Yes. Yes.

PRESENTER:

I want to bring something up that a lot of people - this is not common knowledge of the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott because what happens with politics, people like to, you know, they do all this dredging, all this sort of stuff and it’s, the fact I’m going to

bring this up, I hope it doesn’t embarrass Mr Abbott and, is the fact that Tony Abbott - people don’t know this - is a hero. When Tony Abbott was a young man, he rescued people from a fire and he’s never gone on record and ever said anything about this.

Regardless of what’s gone on and he has got that much to gain by making it public knowledge, he never has. Tony, if you wouldn’t mind, can you just recount the story for us?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, Matty, me and two mates were drinking at the Bald Rock Pub. It was a long time ago. We were at uni. There was a fire in

the house next door and we all went round and by that stage, a few of us got out of the pub and we managed to get the kids out of the house. It was just one of those things. You’ve had a few drinks, something happened and you did what needed to be done to

try to make things as good as you could.

PRESENTER:

Why have you never gone…. why don’t we know this story? Many of us do now, but why have you chose to keep this under wraps?

TONY ABBOTT:

Well look, I’d almost entirely forgotten it but a mate of mine who was there, a guy called Greg San Miguel told the story to a

journalist, Deborah Snow, about ten years or so back. She was doing a profile and it was a pretty critical profile but the one bright spot, as it were, was Greg’s story of that night in the pub all those years earlier. But look, in the end, people will judge me, for

better or for worse, on my political performance, nothing else. They won’t think, ‘Oh God he wasn’t a bad lower grade footballer for Sydney University or…’

PRESENTER:

I heard very bad…

TONY ABBOTT:

Very bad. I had my moments.

PRESENTER:

I heard you had bad hands and you weren’t quick enough - not enough pace.

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, in those days if a prop ever caught the ball, the coach said never do it again!

PRESENTER:

You were a prop back then?

TONY ABBOTT:

Yeah, I was a prop back then.

PRESENTER:

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Wow. We had a front rower who played with us in Newcastle, talking about props, and his job was just tackle everything that moves, but don’t call for the ball.

TONY ABBOTT:

Exactly right.

PRESENTER:

Well Bridget and Frances, you would’ve known this story from way back. What’s it make you feel when you hear it out in the public

now that your dad is a real hero?

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Well, living with dad, we see a side of dad that no-one else gets to see. We know all these things, because no matter what anyone says, no matter what the media says, we know that dad’s the best guy ever and it’s good that people know because like we know

it, and we know the truth, we know…

PRESENTER:

Do you get upset when people don’t sort of talk about the positives? It’s either like you love him or you hate him depending on which side of politics you’re on. Does it hurt you as his daughters that they don’t know the real man and if they did, you know,

there wouldn’t be that dislike?

BRIDGET ABBOTT:

Well, for me, Dad just got into politics pretty much when I was, you know, one year old. So I’ve had it my whole life. You know, Mum and Dad have brought us up to sort of, we know the truth and we know how we see Dad is completely different to how other

people see him and they’ve separated political life from our personal life so much.

TONY ABBOTT:

But you’re lucky Bridgie that Mum has dedicated so much of her life to looking after you girls. I mean, it’s only because Mum was able to put so much time into you that I was able to go off and do all of my tilting at windmills and all the other things that

politicians do.

PRESENTER:

Give that beautiful woman wrap.

TONY ABBOTT:

Exactly right.

PRESENTER:

What’s her name, your wife?

TONY ABBOTT:

Margie.

PRESENTER:

Good on you, Margie.

TONY ABBOTT:

That’s exactly right. I mean, you know, Margie is responsible for these two gorgeous girls, because she has put so much of her time and energy and love into them and…

PRESENTER:

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Well thank God they look like Margie. Fair dinkum.

PRESENTER:

Honestly, it’s like that movie Twins with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The girls are like models and meanwhile we’ve got poor little Tones strutting in…

PRESENTER:

You’d want to do a DNA test to double check. Girls, would you ever think about going into politics, now that you’ve grown up with

it most of your life? There’s a big shake of the head there.

FRANCES ABBOTT:

No way.

PRESENTER:

But girls thanks so much. Tony Abbott, PM-elect we call on the show mate, we love you. Congratulations on being here, thanks for being on the show and good luck on Sunday. Enjoy.

PRESENTER:

Hopefully, for you guys, a Doggies victory?

BRIDGET ABBOTT:

Thank you so much.

FRANCES ABBOTT:

Yeah, Thank you so much.

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