Stab Magazine | Labor Vs. Liberal, Ace Tells Abbott: "Stick To The Flags"
140 Views

Labor Vs. Liberal, Ace Tells Abbott: “Stick To The Flags”

With the Australian federal election tomorrow and the Chopes contest about to begin, Aussie surfers need to be top of their game, lest they bear the wrath of the electoral commission’s fines department. One Central Coast surfer with good organisational skills and an interest in politics is Avoca’s Adrian Buchan. When Stab called, Ace he […]

news // Feb 22, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

With the Australian federal election tomorrow and the Chopes contest about to begin, Aussie surfers need to be top of their game, lest they bear the wrath of the electoral commission’s fines department. One Central Coast surfer with good organisational skills and an interest in politics is Avoca’s Adrian Buchan. When Stab called, Ace he had just come in from his first surf at Chopes, having freshly landed in Tahiti.

Stab: Who are you going to vote for in the coming federal election?

Ace Buchan: I did a postal vote. I voted for Labor. Our seat (Ace is from the Central Coast, the seat being Terrigal) is actually an interesting seat. It’s one of those swinging seats that change all the time. I think it’s one of the most marginal seats in the country. In the last election it only just went to Labor. I don’t know if you remember that lady Belinda Neal? She was the candidate, and she got involved in that whole thing that went down at one of the Central Coast bars where she was apparently aggressive towards a patron or something, so Kevin Rudd stood her down. So I kinda don’t hold high hopes for Labor in that regard, they’ve had a lot of bad press since the last election. Everything I’ve read points towards the Liberal guy getting re-elected. Last week, these kids from the (Central) coast egged the Terrigal’s Liberal candidate’s car. He got out of the car and grabbed one of the kids. He was in a bit of trouble over that, so maybe that might change people’s minds a bit. I was going to vote Green actually. From what I understand their preferences go Labor. But the Green’s candidate from the (Central) coast is in favour of the dumping of this warship at Avoca, which has been going on for the last six months, and I’m against that for environmental reasons. So that stopped me (voting Green). I’m pretty scared that Tony Abbott is going to get elected.

You don’t dig Abbott? I don’t dig Tony Abbott at all. I don’t dig a man that doesn’t approve of pre-marital sex, someone who wants more religion in our day-to-day lives, and wants to stop the boats (of immigrants coming to Australia). I think his whole campaign is based on ignorance and scaring people. I don’t identify with him whatsoever. I don’t identify with the Liberal party to start with, and I just find Tony Abbott abrasive.

Do you find that you vote based more on the personality of the leader of a party or on the parties’ policies? I guess a bit of both, but I’m definitely inclined to go more left rather than right, not that politics in Australia is too far either way. But I’m definitely more inclined to vote Labor.

Did you hear about that refugee kid that won a charity and the prize was a surfing lesson with Abbott, but he’s flagged him until after the election? Nah, I didn’t actually!

Does his surfing shtick add to his credibility? Nah, I think he’s one of those guys that prances around in his dickies and maybe can paddle a clubby mal, but that’s about it. I think he should stay in the flags. – Elliot Struck

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Hassling, Head-Dips, and Broken Apple Watches

The 2023 CT is underway. Here's what happened on Day One of the Billabong Pro…

Feb 2, 2023

Stephanie Gilmore And Filipe Toledo Are The 2022 Stab Surfers Of The Year 

Caity and Hughie take Best Juniors, “NOZ VID” wins best film, and Ho and Pringle…

Feb 2, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: The Stab Premium Vote

Day Ten: You voted, we counted.

Feb 1, 2023

Red Bulls, Crypto Bears, Former’s Six-Figure Fish, Tyler’s Multi-Millions And More

A brief catalog of the latest surf industry news and whispers.

Jan 31, 2023

20:37

“Definitely The First Time I’ve Gone Surfing Via Plane”

Parker Coffin, Harrison Roach, and friends tear through NZ on Roark's most well-rounded surf trip…

Jan 30, 2023

Pipe Preview: This Year Feels Different

With John and Gabs healthy — and the arrival of the femme next-gen — here’s…

Jan 29, 2023

WSL Tells Competitors: ‘You Better Like Them Apples’

Will mandating competitors to wear Apple Watches make the 2023 tour more or less engaging?

Jan 29, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners

Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence

Jan 28, 2023

Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth

A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.

Jan 27, 2023

Kael Walsh Now Owns A Bitcoin, And Watched One Crypto Video

He’s officially your Stab Edit Of The Year champion.

Jan 27, 2023

Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions 

They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.

Jan 27, 2023

38:24

The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5

Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.

Jan 27, 2023

Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise

Can you guess who?

Jan 26, 2023

Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson

Because it's the right thing to do, of course.

Jan 26, 2023

Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content. 

A toast to ‘Toasted.’

Jan 25, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela

Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…

Jan 25, 2023

“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”

How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…

Jan 24, 2023

Everyone Went.

A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…

Jan 24, 2023
Advertisement