On 12 July 2011, Mr Abbott said that "I am trying to be as open and as accessible to the Australian people as I possible can be and I suggest the Prime Minister should do the same."
Since his last appearance on Q&A on 16 August 2010, a week before the last election, he has refused 26 requests by the ABC to be accessible to a broad representative range of the Australian public and answer their questions directly. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appeared four times.
Given that Mr Abbott aims to be the Prime Minister of Australia, why doesn't he want to answer the public's questions directly, without spin and without soundbites? If he believes his policies have merit and he deserves to be trusted with the leadership of this great country, why doesn't he explain them in further detail and present his case?
Mr Abbott has made much of the Government allegedly ignoring the Australian people and on 2 October 2012, after the controversy over Alan Jones's comments about the Prime Minister's deceased father, Mr Abbott refused to boycott Jones's program because he said he didn't want to ignore Jones's audience. Why does he continue to ignore the ABC and Q&A audience?
If we can raise 10,000 signatures in a month to petition Mr Abbott to go on Q&A, surely given his statements above, he cannot ignore us, the people of Australia, whom he expects to lead and to elect him? If he cannot answer our questions now, when will he?
No conditions, no stipulations, no restrictions on any question asked. And no evasions, no elisions, no qualifications in any answer offered.
If you'd like Mr Abbott to face up to his responsibilities and honour his promises, please sign this petition and pass it on!