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There Was A Ridiculous Number Of Australian Flags At Tony Abbott's Security Speech

Put your flags out.

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Prime Minister Abbott - set against a backdrop of six Australian flags - outlined huge new changes to counter-terrorism laws.

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Mr Abbott delivered a report into Australia's counter-terrorism structure and said the system needed to be overhauled. He changed the location of the speech at the last minute, to the Australian Federal Police Headquarters.

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But it was the Aussie flags taking centre stage.

Abbott behind the curtains listening to his pump-up pre speech jam: How’s it looking out there? Peta: Your flags are trending. Abbott: gulp

Alex Lee@alex_c_leeFollow

Abbott behind the curtains listening to his pump-up pre speech jam: How’s it looking out there?

Peta: Your flags are trending.

Abbott: gulp

11:00 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

When everything the PM does becomes a snarky hashtag before he's even appeared at the presser, you just know he's done for. #SixFlags

Axel Bruns@snurb_dot_infoFollow

When everything the PM does becomes a snarky hashtag before he's even appeared at the presser, you just know he's done for. #SixFlags

10:58 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tony Abbott is Lord Of The Flags. #SixFlags

Major Tom@cyenne40Follow

Tony Abbott is Lord Of The Flags.

#SixFlags

11:09 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

*Flag 1 unfurls like a cocoon* *Abbott emerges in insectoid form* “Welcome… The cabinet” *other flags slowly unfurl*

Dan Hall@danieljohnhallFollow

*Flag 1 unfurls like a cocoon*

*Abbott emerges in insectoid form*

“Welcome… The cabinet”

*other flags slowly unfurl*

11:38 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others set to work with some slick MS Paint skills.

Photoshop master Reid Parker gave Mr Abbott an updated make-up job.

Great press conference by the PM this morning. I think he missed an opportunity though. #auspol

Reid Parker@ReidParker_Follow

Great press conference by the PM this morning. I think he missed an opportunity though.

#auspol

11:53 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

is there any chance we could just appoint one of the flags attorney general?

Scott Ludlam@SenatorLudlamFollow

is there any chance we could just appoint one of the flags attorney general?

11:05 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

He ended the statement with his infamous wink to colleagues.

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