We not sure if you’ve heard, but our Prime Minister is planning a face-off. A throw down. A duel. A battle.
Tony Abbott is going to “shirtfront” Russian President Vladimir Putin over his handling of the shooting down of flight MH17, when the G20 Leaders’ Summit kicks off next month in Brisbane. That’s right. Our Prime Minister is not going to engage in diplomatic talks, or even put his position forcefully, he is going to grab the Russian President by the collar and physically shake some sense into him.
Here’s Mr. Abbott, in his own words:
Pardon? It’s safe to say that after that comment half the country was a bit confused. A #shirtfront hashtag promptly broke out on Twitter:
And it inspired a lot of memes.
So Mamamia spoke to Dee Madigan, who is an expert in the language of politics, the Creative Director of Campaign Edge and the author of The Hard Sell (which you can buy here) to find out what the Prime Minister and his media people were actually trying to say with the whole ‘shirtfront’ moment.
MM: Do you think Abbott’s use of the word ‘shirtfront’ was deliberate or a mistake?
DM: “Shirtfronting’ is an AFL term that looks like this: