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15 Things That Most Definitely Happened At Tony Abbott's "D-Day Speech"

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1. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's speech to the National Press Club on Monday had been billed as his "Last Stand" or his "D Day".

#frontpages @dailytelegraph D-DAY Dump PM Install Turnbull NPC last gasp.

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#frontpages @dailytelegraph

D-DAY

Dump PM

Install Turnbull

NPC last gasp.

6:11 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. Sensing an opportunity, Labor circulated a Tony Abbott-bingo among journalists which was scarily good.

Shorten's office distributes this bingo game... #npc

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Shorten's office distributes this bingo game... #npc

12:27 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. Mr Abbott's speech began with a reminder that he once worked as a journalist, before a round of applause for the release of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Abbott: “As a former journalist myself…” DRINK! #AbbottNPC

Mark Di Stefano@MarkDiStefFollow

Abbott: “As a former journalist myself…”

DRINK! #AbbottNPC

12:35 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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4. It quickly became apparent during Mr Abbott's set remarks that he was not resigning and that he was taking the fight to Labor with tweaked messaging.

Uhlamnn: “Are you the best person to lead? Have you considered resigning?” Abbott: “Yes and no” *applause*

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Uhlamnn: “Are you the best person to lead? Have you considered resigning?”

Abbott: “Yes and no”

*applause*

1:01 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss was THRILLED with what his leader was putting out.

The nation's feelings towards Abbott's speech today. As shown by his wife and Deputy PM. via @GaryFallon2.

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The nation's feelings towards Abbott's speech today. As shown by his wife and Deputy PM. via @GaryFallon2.

2:40 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. And some re-imagined that terrible frown upside down.

Turn that frown upside down #npc

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8. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is rumored to be part of alternate-combinations that could replace Mr Abbott. He would not stop smiling throughout the speech.

The faces of Corman and Morrison are classic when Abbott speaks of a “consultative government” #npc

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The faces of Corman and Morrison are classic when Abbott speaks of a “consultative government” #npc

1:05 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. And under-fire Treasurer Joe Hockey intensely nodded along.

The only person nodding during the cut-aways is Joe Hockey #AbbottNPC #npc

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The only person nodding during the cut-aways is Joe Hockey #AbbottNPC #npc

12:54 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. There was confirmation of two huge walk-backs: the Paid Parental Leave Scheme was scrapped and he rescinded his power to appoint Knights and Dames.

Abbott relinquishes “captain's kinghthoods": “All awards will henceforth be a matter for the Order of Australia” #npc

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Abbott relinquishes “captain's kinghthoods": “All awards will henceforth be a matter for the Order of Australia” #npc

1:14 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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12. And towards the end, with time ticking down, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did a total Kevin Rudd - tweeting several images while Abbott was speaking.

Showcasing Sydney to UK counterparts @PHammondMP & Defence Sec Fallon en route to Admiralty House for #AUKMIN2015

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Showcasing Sydney to UK counterparts @PHammondMP & Defence Sec Fallon en route to Admiralty House for #AUKMIN2015

1:32 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. And predictably as the immediate assessments began to flood in, conservative commentators were thrilled with the performance.

This is the best performance we've seen from Tony Abbott since...election night. Finally (finally!) speaking freely & with conviction. #npc

Rita Panahi@RitaPanahiFollow

This is the best performance we've seen from Tony Abbott since...election night. Finally (finally!) speaking freely & with conviction.

#npc

1:12 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. In the meantime former Independent MP Tony Windsor can have the last words.

I saw TA beg for the job in 2010 -the public saw it today

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I saw TA beg for the job in 2010 -the public saw it today

1:59 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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