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The Definitive Ranking Of Every Blue Tie Tony Abbott Wore In 2014

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Tony Abbott has stuck to a rigid routine throughout 2014: wake up, put on a suit and saddle up with one of his many blue ties. That's right, if you haven't noticed Mr Abbott nearly always wears BLUE ties.

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The insistence can be traced back to June last year when then Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave a speech about what would happen if Mr Abbott won the upcoming election:

"I invite you to imagine it, a prime minister, a man with a blue tie, who goes on holidays to be replaced by a man in a blue tie, a treasurer who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie, to be supported by a finance minister, another man in a blue tie, women once again banished from the centre of Australia's political life."

Since that speech, Mr Abbott has worn a blue tie virtually every single day, in what some consider epic shade being thrown to the Labor Party and Ms Gillard.

As the ABC's Jonathan Green put it: "No longer a tie, now a permanent reminder in a swathe of silk of all that he replaced. Because that's what Tony Abbott is wearing round his neck, day in, day out, in every public appearance: a small strip of cloth that says "Julia Gillard.""

So what have been his greatest blue hits and his biggest blueish misses?

17. Let's start with his three ties that definitely aren't blue: a lovely patriotic number and two black ties for black tie events.

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16. The shiny blue tie.

Pros: It's shiny and matches this little boy's shirt.Cons: It definitely could have used with an iron.
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Pros: It's shiny and matches this little boy's shirt.

Cons: It definitely could have used with an iron.

15. The "We Found Your Plane" tie.

Pros: Just dark enough so he doesn't camouflage into the background.Cons: We didn't find the plane :(
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Pros: Just dark enough so he doesn't camouflage into the background.

Cons: We didn't find the plane :(

14. The washed cerulean tie.

Pros: It's got a lovely faint bevel.Cons: Boooooooooooooring.
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Pros: It's got a lovely faint bevel.

Cons: Boooooooooooooring.

13. The electric powder blue tie.

Pros: No one is going to forget where they put Mr Abbott.Cons: My retinas are burned.
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Pros: No one is going to forget where they put Mr Abbott.

Cons: My retinas are burned.

12. The netted periwinkle tie.

Pros: Lovely texture and contrast to the stripe in the suit.Cons: Accountants around Australia rejoice.
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Pros: Lovely texture and contrast to the stripe in the suit.

Cons: Accountants around Australia rejoice.

11. The royal blue tie.

Pros: Contrasts well with Prince William's muted shade of red.Cons: Mr Abbott's double windsor is outshining his royal colleague's single abomination.
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Pros: Contrasts well with Prince William's muted shade of red.

Cons: Mr Abbott's double windsor is outshining his royal colleague's single abomination.

10. The more grey than blue tie.

Pros: It's not really blue.Cons: It's not really blue.
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Pros: It's not really blue.

Cons: It's not really blue.

9. The presidential celeste tie.

Pros: It's really popping against the Oval office's creamy yellow walls.Cons: Who is the president here buddy?
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Pros: It's really popping against the Oval office's creamy yellow walls.

Cons: Who is the president here buddy?

8. The International Klein Blue tie.

Pros: Such a strong blue that it could be a Pantone mug.Cons: It's way too stark against a solid white shirt.
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Pros: Such a strong blue that it could be a Pantone mug.

Cons: It's way too stark against a solid white shirt.

7. The sandpaper steel blue tie.

Pros: Lovely lovely texture. Really A+.Cons: It washes against the black solid suit.
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Pros: Lovely lovely texture. Really A+.

Cons: It washes against the black solid suit.

6. The shirtfront slate tie.

Pros: It's a really strong colour in which to confront an egomaniacal dictator.Cons: Tony's tie is nice as well.
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Pros: It's a really strong colour in which to confront an egomaniacal dictator.

Cons: Tony's tie is nice as well.

5. The muted mauve tie.

Pros: Proudly veering into purple territory.Cons: It washes him out, especially next to the resplendent Jokowi.
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Pros: Proudly veering into purple territory.

Cons: It washes him out, especially next to the resplendent Jokowi.

4. The Tory blue tie.

Pros: It's sitting proudly as a representation of conservative tradition.Cons: Possibly too bright.
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Pros: It's sitting proudly as a representation of conservative tradition.

Cons: Possibly too bright.

3. The mayan blue flecked with violet tie.

Pros: Finally some strong pattern game from the PM.Cons: Whatever expression is being made right now.
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Pros: Finally some strong pattern game from the PM.

Cons: Whatever expression is being made right now.

2. The cyan blue tie.

Pros: It's a beautiful look and excellent knot.Cons: Draped in the colours in Manly Sea-Eagles is being a con at the best of times.
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Pros: It's a beautiful look and excellent knot.

Cons: Draped in the colours in Manly Sea-Eagles is being a con at the best of times.

1. The "Pew Pew" cobalt tie

Pros: It makes a strong statement, it bounces with the lighting and it compliments those fingers.Cons: This is a conless tie.
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Pros: It makes a strong statement, it bounces with the lighting and it compliments those fingers.

Cons: This is a conless tie.