Supporters of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have been devastated by the unexpected defeat of the carbon tax repeal bill in the Senate.
Millions of Tony Abbott fans around the world had tuned into a live broadcast of parliament from Canberra, expecting to witness a crushing win for the Coalition.
But in one of the most stunning upsets in Australian parliamentary history, the Coalition was defeated by two votes.
Abbott fans in mourning
Distraught supporters quickly swarmed onto the street to share their grief.
“Our side treated the Opposition with too little respect,” lamented Cynthia, a Coalition supporter all her life.
“People like Christopher Pyne were already celebrating the elimination of the carbon tax before the game was won.”
“This wouldn’t have happened if Malcolm Turnbull had been in charge,” said Trevor, another Coalition stalwart.
Many Coalition supporters blame officials for not taking a harder line on those on the winning side, particularly game-changing Palmer United playmaker, Clive Palmer.
“They let Clive get away with murder,” said Bruce of Ascot. “One minute he’s a right winger, then he’s out on the left doing whatever he feels like, breaking all the rules.”
“Other than Murdoch, there weren’t any of our guys trying to stop him.”
Carbon tax defeat brings more pain to Brazil
Tony Abbott’s fanbase in Brazil was amongst the worst affected by the shock result.
“First our football team was beaten and now comes the carbon tax defeat,” despaired a man on the streets of Sao Paolo.
“I woke up this morning consoled that at least Tony Abbott would win and the planet would be destroyed.”
“But now my children will have to live through more World Cup losses for years to come.”
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