@rotated I would say his "Shit happens" comment would probably stick out most clearly in my mind. But in the end it turned out knifing Turnbull in the back was a good thing for the LNP.
What was your issue with the "shit happens" comment?
I think a senior politician could have chosen more sensitive words to describe the reason for one of his soldiers deaths. Happy to disagree if you think otherwise.
The problem I have with that is he was receiving a briefing from the military explaining what happened. One of Murphy's Laws of combat is anything you do can get you killed, including nothing, i.e. even if your fieldcraft is up to scratch, sometimes it really doesn't matter; tragedies happen. It sucks, but that's how it is. The refrain "shit happens" is a common refrain in the military which is why Major General Cantwell (who was once my boss) replies immediately to Abbott: "It certainly does, yeah."
Good on you for recounting that accurately Antipodean.
The media goon who felt compelled to eavesdrop with the sole purpose of adding to the "Abbott Abbott Abbott!" dirt file deserved to pulled aside and kicked in the cods for his impudence. They are permitted to attend at the pleasure of the local commander on the understanding that they will comport themselves as mature adults, not grubby little schoolboys.
Mates of mine from Vietnam onwards despise the mongrels. I recall the reaction of one of them, a retired RSM, when we heard news of ABC Richard Carleton's death - we were standing at the bar of the Workers Club close by here on a Sunday afternoon and he murmured "Look I'll go out of turn and get the next shout if you don't mind, with whisky chasers. Best news I've heard all week."