The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Isn’t Green (Spoiler: It’s Tony Abbott)

Tony Abbott really is the Grinch who stepped into the wrong bar and sucked the merry right out of the Green Party's holiday.

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Tony Abbott the Grinch (Image Source: The Age)

The holidays are a time for unwinding, for celebrating family, friends, and like minded people, and for kicking off your heels with coworkers. That’s right, it’s Christmas Office Party season. CrowdInk recently released an article outlining the dos and don’ts at your holiday do this year. We seem to have left out a rather important point:

Don’t turn up to a competing party’s party.

Come on, Tony Abbott.

In the past several weeks, Abbott, in his trademark refusal to just bow out of politics and the limelight, has made some pretty serious comments regarding “muslim reformation” and how all cultures “are not equal.” He’s really been spreading the Christmas cheer. Not really the reason for the season, Mr. Abbott.

So imagine the Green Party’s surprise when, you guessed it, Tony Abbott walked into their holiday do at the Alexandria Hotel in Sydney on December 15. Abbott seemed to have genuinely turned up for dinner and a few drinks with a colleague. But, as the night wore on, was in no hurry to leave. He stayed for four hours.

MPs representing the Green Party at the event are thought to include Jenny Leong, Mehreen Faruqi, and Jamie Parker. For the most part, Green Party members gave the ex-Prime Minister a wide berth. However, Alex Turnbull (no relation to our current Prime Minister) did speak out about Abbott’s recent islamophobia attack. The conversation ended peacefully, but probably rather uncomfortably.

So if you find yourself making a little Christmas office party faux-pas this year, don’t worry too much. You could be Abbott.

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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.