They have it wrong in a very big way.
Here are five reasons his proposals should be resisted.
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Abbott, Dutton, Bernardi, Abetz, Andrews and Christensen watched their electorates all vote Yes.
The results from Warringah show Tony Abbott is out of touch with his people.
And according to the former PM, the SSM debate is all part of a new conservative movement.
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And Tony Abbott hasn't even said anything yet.
As shut-downs go, it could not have been more emphatic. Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had just presented to the Coalition party room details of the government's long-awaited energy p...
The Alliance Defending Freedom is classified a 'hate' and 'extremist' group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.
It is a National Energy Guarantee.
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The former PM even suggests fewer people may die as a result of global warming.
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But there were some discordant notes all the same.
Religious liberty should not become a Trojan horse for perpetuating certain views.
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It's pretty funny, but it makes a good point.
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Frontman Darren Hayes has married his partner Richard Cullen three times to fight for marriage equality -- and is no fan of Abbott.
Well that backfired spectacularly.
But apparently, people loving each other is "too political".
There's nothing decent about any of this.
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There's a petition going around to stop the hit song from being played live in the stadium.
"I think it's well known that within my family we have people that sit on the other side of the fence."
"I believe in human rights and that's largely why I hate Tony Abbott because he doesn't believe in any human rights".
Former PM Tony Abbott says he's in "shock" after being headbutted by a man wearing a 'vote yes' badge.
Children should be shielded from vile commentary about their friends and families.
It's oppressive, sexist, and creates unequal relations between women and men.
'YES PLEASE ♥️♥️♥️' she posted on Instagram, wearing a 'vote yes' shirt.
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The former prime minister has another shirtfront moment.
It all boils down to how Australians feel about the c-word.
The original plebiscite is dead. Again.
'We all know what happens to governments that break their promises.'
We are looking at you, Mr Abbott.