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Tony Abbott Had A Boozy Karaoke Night And Nothing Will Be The Same

And the pictures are incredible.

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"I thought it must be an April Fools' joke, surely," said Heather.

"But they said Tony Abbott would love to have a private karaoke session after his [charity bike ride] Pollie Pedal stage in Cootamundra."

So last week after the former prime minister rolled into the regional NSW town of Cootamundra, he hosted a boozy karaoke function at the Family Hotel.


And if you were wondering – yes, of course there's video. Here's the former prime minister singing John Denver's "Country Roads".

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Karaoke fans might remember Tony Abbott's performance at the Nationals' Christmas party in 2015 of the Elvis tune "Suspicious Minds".

It was also the song playing when the marble table broke in Abbott's office on the night he was deposed as PM by Malcolm Turnbull.

Former Liberal MP Ross Cameron has previously said the most dangerous place in Canberra is between Tony Abbott and a microphone.


"The Colsi is the little black dress for men," said Heather, who took along an extra for the former PM.

"Colsi" = collared + singlet.

"You're out in the backyard having a few beers with mates in the Colsi and then your partner asks you to come to dinner – just whack on a coat and you're done."

Tony Abbott's office did not respond to BuzzFeed News' requests for comment about the Colsi or his song selection on the night.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

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Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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