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Prime Minister Abbott Compares Job Losses To The Holocaust

"There was a holocaust of jobs in defence industries under members opposite."

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Mr Abbott used the line against the Opposition during Question Time on Thursday, trying to argue that his government had better defence procurement policies than the former Labor government.

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"There was a holocaust of jobs in Defence industries under members opposite," he said, repeating the "holocaust of jobs".

He then apologised and withdrew the comment.

Experienced Press Gallery journalists all expressed immediate dismay at the analogy.

We are all in the sewer, but some of us are looking up at the gutter.

James Jeffrey@James_JeffreyFollow

We are all in the sewer, but some of us are looking up at the gutter.

2:26 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was a slip of the tounge but the PM will regret using this form of words there was a "Holocaust of jobs in Defence industries".

Chris Uhlmann@CUhlmannFollow

It was a slip of the tounge but the PM will regret using this form of words there was a "Holocaust of jobs in Defence industries".

2:21 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

In #QT @TonyAbbottMHR described ADF job cuts under Labor as a 'jobs holocaust'. Unhinged stuff and lacking in decency and restraint.

Jack the Insider@JacktheInsiderFollow

In #QT @TonyAbbottMHR described ADF job cuts under Labor as a 'jobs holocaust'. Unhinged stuff and lacking in decency and restraint.

2:46 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Somebody should shirtfront the PM for that holocaust line. No suppository of wisdom saying it. Am I critical? You bet you are, you bet I am.

Peter van Onselen@vanOnselenPFollow

Somebody should shirtfront the PM for that holocaust line. No suppository of wisdom saying it. Am I critical? You bet you are, you bet I am.

2:28 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was left dumbstruck.

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