From https://twitter.com/geeksrulz/status/515303326993235970 (53 retweets, 22 favorites)

#heyasio Some men fight for what is right, and achieve greatness. Others care only for themselves.

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In his Uni days, Abbott referred to Mandela as a "terrorist", and implied he should be kept in jail. He then toured South Africa on a Rugby scholarship, supporting the apartheid movement, and in direct contravention of sporting bans.

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Some men fight for what is right, and achieve greatness. Others care only for themselves.

The claims are also stated in the blog post Callow or shallow?

When Abbott was President of the Students’ Representative Council at Sydney University, he wrote in Honi Soit that Voluntary Student Unionism “would finally stop all students being taxed so the SRC can fund groups such as International Socialists, South African Terrorists, the Spartacists, Lidcombe Health Workers Collective etc. which are quite irrelevant, not to say obnoxious, to student purposes.”

and also

Anti-Apartheid activity was alive and well in Australia at this time. Many Australians supported fundraising efforts for the ANC, and participated in anti-Apartheid demonstrations throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The racially exclusive Springboks were banned from playing in Australia between 1974 and the end of Apartheid in 1994. In 1981, the Fraser government refused permission for the aircraft carrying the Springboks to a tour of New Zealand to refuel on Australian territory. Abbott, however, accepted a rugby scholarship to tour South Africa in what former Federal Labor Minister Barry Cohen described as a “universally acknowledged… promotional tour of Apartheid”.

Did Abbott refer to Mandela as a terrorist, and imply he should be kept in jail, and did he tour South Africa during sporting bans against apartheid South Africa?

I'm skeptical, because it sounds very similar to claims made about David Cameron.

  • Barry Cohen said "He went to South Africa on a ‘rugby scholarship’ that was universally recognised as a promotional tour of apartheid." in this 2013 article: spectator.co.uk/2013/12/where-were-you-during-apartheid
    – DavePhD
    Mar 7, 2016 at 16:33
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    Useful, but it's an op-ed rather than a news article.
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 7, 2016 at 21:15
  • @Ellie is Nelson-Mandela a relevant tag when the claim is about Abbott's stated views about him?
    – Golden Cuy
    May 30, 2020 at 13:40
  • The tag is "for questions about claims based on Nelson Mandela, known for the anti-apartheid movement and as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999". Your call whether to remove it. Jul 5, 2020 at 20:15


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