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Prime Minister Just Promised Physical Violence On The Russian President

The Australian Prime Minister promises to "shirtfront" Mr Putin.

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Mr Abbott continued to attack Mr Putin for dragging his feet in the aftermath of the MH17 plane crash in which 38 Australians were killed.

It emerged yesterday that Mr Putin would be allowed to attend the upcoming G20 conference on Australian soil, so Mr Abbott went on the front foot... quite literally.

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"I'm going to shirt front Mr Putin, you bet I am. I'm going to be saying to Mr Putin Australians were murdered," said Mr Abbott, the Prime Minister and former university boxer.

"I suspect the conversation I have with Mr Putin will be the toughest conversation of all" -Tony Abbott ups his tone

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"I suspect the conversation I have with Mr Putin will be the toughest conversation of all"
-Tony Abbott ups his tone

2:58 PM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A "shirt front" is an AFL term and is considered "an illegal front on bump and usually quite aggressive".

Other AFL fans have told BuzzFeed it's a "front on hip and shoulder to the head... usually when the other player is bending down".

It seems the hard-come-fight-me rhetoric is also bipartisan. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised he would not meet with Mr Putin while he visits Australia.

Bill Shorten on Putin coming to G20: “I don’t think he’s welcome and Australians don’t want him here"

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Bill Shorten on Putin coming to G20: “I don’t think he’s welcome and Australians don’t want him here"

12:21 PM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE: 1630 AEST Prime Minister Tony Abbott has backed down from the violent language and will instead engage in a "robust conversation" with Mr Putin.

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