Bitter Pill: Tony Abbott Should Resign From Parliament

A PIECE in yesterday’s issue of The Australian bluntly declared former Prime Minister Tony Abbott should “stop stirring and get a new job;” we agree, and whether the Liberal Right supports Malcolm Turnbull, or subscribes to his political direction, or not — or whether it feels aggrieved and seeks vengeance, or is merely misunderstood, or not — it should encourage its beaten figurehead to leave Parliament, and abandon political comment.

I confess I’ve been moved to write about this after the author of this article, David Crowe, remarked on Twitter yesterday that comment on the piece online was strongly “against” him: not to defend Crowe, but because what he wrote is a) exactly right and b), more to the point, completely in line with my own thoughts.

Readers know that for the duration of this column (and for many years before) I was one of Tony Abbott’s most trenchant supporters and advocates; during his time as opposition leader, as he faced a ceaseless barrage of baseless defamatory slurs from opponents, I defended him; and for most of his tenure as Prime Minister, this column was prepared to back Abbott even as it called him out over the abominable Chief of Staff he prioritised above his obligations to the electorate, and the resultant damage from whose handiwork made it inevitable he would be involuntarily removed from his post.

In the aftermath of the abortive leadership putsch in February, we all but abandoned him: the pledges of change and the winding back of Peta Credlin’s influence and power came to nought, and when the six month reprieve he purchased with promises of electoral competitiveness expired, it became certain that Abbott would be dumped in favour of Malcolm Turnbull.

This column — no subscriber to insipid moderate liberal policies — fought against the ascension of Turnbull, but the change proved unstoppable. And as we now see, the Coalition has leapt ahead in every reputable opinion poll, and has pulled further in front despite conventional wisdom suggesting that almost three months after the leadership switch, Turnbull should be coming back down to Earth by now.

He isn’t.

Readers should peruse Crowe’s article, for I am not going to reiterate in full his neat summation of Abbott’s activities, most pertinently where national security and a response to the menace of ISIS are concerned following the disgraceful terrorist attack that organisation inflicted on Paris a couple of weeks ago.

But as a conservative Liberal, I do want to make some complementary observations of my own, and the bottom line is that having squandered his Prime Ministership on misplaced loyalties and lost the leadership of the Liberal Party, the most appropriate course of action for Abbott to now pursue is to resign from Parliament and to desist, as fully as the media will permit him to, from any further comment on political affairs.

It’s not as if he is John Howard, Mk II; Howard was and remains the most substantial figure produced by the conservative side of Australian politics in generations, and the termination of his first period as Liberal leader occurred in opposition, after losing an election that had been comprehensively sabotaged by the idiocy of the push to make Joh Bjelke-Petersen Prime Minister, amid a decade-long war with Andrew Peacock for leadership primacy, and at a time the Liberal Party itself was undergoing a fundamental transformation of its values and policies that saw it become a more conservative — as opposed to “liberal” in the classic sense — movement.

Howard was Prime Minister for four terms and almost 12 years; Abbott, by contrast, won just one election, and presided over a government so amateurish and inept that it has little, if anything, to boast of aside from ending the flow of asylum seeker boats and abolishing Labor’s hated carbon tax.

Perhaps Abbott thinks — as a former Prime Minister — that he has licence to air his views, and that those views carry authority and the imprimatur of a past leader in the same way Howard’s do today.

But to ascribe any legitimacy to such a viewpoint is to debase and insult the Howard legacy, and whilst Howard and his government weren’t perfect, there is much in Australia today that is better for their tenure in office; to a thinking, reasoning conservative — as opposed to a sycophant, or a clubby crony — nobody can say that about the Abbott government, which was nothing less than a monumental disappointment.

It is true that I (and many others with some knowledge of the man) saw enormous potential in Abbott as a Prime Minister; a Rhodes scholar with degrees in economics and law and a conservative thinker of some note, the wholesale abrogation of authority over the government he led to a staffer was unforgivable, and should be forgotten by anyone who follows him into high office only at their peril.

I have nothing personal against Credlin; in fact, I’ve never met her. I’ve heard she is riotous fun away from the office and I don’t have any trouble believing that. But it does seem she had something against me — vetoed from consideration for ministerial staffing duty by the vicious, malicious, ridiculous “star chamber” that also nobbled countless people better than myself — and I know plenty of people who have corroborated, from first-hand knowledge and in detail, some of the stories of her behaviour that found their way into the press.

It was impossible to turn a blind eye to the damage that was inflicted on the government as a direct consequence of the procedures and internal policies that were the practical form the structure she erected around it took, which is why this column campaigned, in the end, for her to be sacked: it had nothing to do with gender, or whether her name was spelt P-E-T-A or P-E-T-E-R, or any of the other nonsense uttered in her defence by Abbott; the whole thing reeked of amateurism, and the buck stopped with her. Failing that, the buck stopped with her boss — Abbott. And refusing to take responsibility, the party room did it for him — and dispensed with them both.

In the end, to say Credlin was well out of her depth in such a senior and pivotal role is probably something of an understatement; and whilst we’re talking about the notion of the Liberal Party having become a clubhouse during Abbott’s tenure, something should be said of Credlin’s husband — outgoing federal director Brian Loughnane — as well.

Loughnane is another member of the closed cabal of the Liberal Right whose record, judged on results, is at best chequered; the man himself, when announcing his imminent resignation from his post, jovially described his record as “two wins, a loss and a draw” in reference to federal elections in 2004, 2013, 2007 and 2010 respectively.

Yet 2004, once the hype over Mark Latham subsided, was always likely to see the Howard government solidly re-elected, and similarly, only a complete fool could have failed to steer the Coalition to a big win against the moribund Rudd-Gillard-Rudd outfit in 2013.

But as encouraging as the 2010 result might have been — creditworthy, even — Loughnane still has to wear responsibility for the campaign that ended the Howard era on his CV: a defeat, in frankness, that has cost Australia heavily, whether in monetary terms (foreign debt, the budget deficit) or socially (the entrenchment of the Left in the national discourse, virtually unchallenged and almost completely untouched, that continues even with the ALP in opposition under a useless “leader”). Socialists would disagree with that of course, but they would. The rest of us — the majority of Australians — will be adversely affected by the bullshit being vigorously installed as the “new normal paradigm” in Australian society, and the 2007 election loss is a causative factor in this problem.

And the one result Loughnane didn’t mention (but which should have terminated his career as a “strategist” at a stroke) was the state election campaign he presided over as state director of the Liberal Party in Victoria in 2002, which saw the party reduced to just 17 of 88 lower house seats and almost annihilated in its worst showing at an election in its home state since 1952, and its second-worst ever since its formation in 1944.

Where all of this becomes relevant to Abbott now — to his public utterances, seemingly at odds with the direction of the new Turnbull government, or his continued tenure in Parliament — is where questions of exactly what Abbott and his acolytes might think they are defending are concerned, or the structures and personnel they seek to sustain.

Abbott and his lieutenant Kevin Andrews have been critical of Turnbull’s response to the ISIS attack on Paris, advocating military strikes rather than talk, strategy, and more subtle endeavours to deal with the growing scourge of Islamic terrorism. I have to say, in fact, that I agree with them.

But actions have consequences — and the end result of everything I have covered is that little or no credibility remains vested in the individuals involved.

Abbott, for all his promise, is vastly and irretrievably diminished by the government he led and by his dumping as Prime Minister. The humiliation is compounded, and easily visible, by the fact he could have avoided it: by protecting Credlin instead of the government, he brought his downfall upon himself. Nobody is very interested in anything Abbott has to say now, and nobody will be.

There will be no return to the Liberal Party leadership. Not now, not ever.

Andrews — archly conservative, and someone I have time for at a personal level — has nonetheless earned a reputation for buggering up everything he has touched. The botch he made of WorkChoices was a huge factor in setting the Howard government on the path towards defeat. The botch he made of Immigration, and his handling of the Mohamed Haneef affair in particular, threw fuel on the same fire. As Social Security minister under Abbott, Andrews was arguably one of the biggest sources of grief for the government, between draconian welfare proposals on one hand and an ill-advised initiative of free marriage counselling vouchers for all Australian couples on the other.

Andrews, like Abbott, has long passed his use-by date.

And it brings up the fact that the Liberal Right, for all its outrage that the detested Turnbull was able to return as leader at all and become Prime Minister, has no obvious leader, and no candidate of its own for the Liberal leadership. Scott Morrison is a moderate who is acceptable to the Right on account of his own stewardship of the Immigration portfolio, but that’s the end of the list for the immediate future.

Peter Dutton was a terrible ambassador as Health minister who did not deserve to survive the leadership change. Abbott is finished, and Andrews was never a publicly acceptable starter. Andrew Robb is too old, insufficiently telegenic, and comes across badly in the press (even if he has been the ministerial superstar of the government). Everyone else is up-and-coming, and years away from being ready. It’s an indictment on the Right, and another symptom of the same clubby cabal that calcified around a stagnant group of (the wrong) people when it should have been paying due care to succession planning years ago.

For those Liberals who viscerally detest Turnbull, come election day, they can at least partly salve their abhorrence of the moderates by voting for National Party candidates in the Senate; as for the House of Representatives, can anyone seriously argue that a government led by Turnbull is not preferable to one formed by the ALP, under Bill Shorten no less, and in cahoots with — God forbid — the Communist Party Greens, whose policies of state socialism would damage this country almost irretrievably?

The indisputable reality that Turnbull is better than the alternative any day is the sole reason I will vote Liberal. Any further attempt to pursue a moderate conservative agenda instead of the small “l” liberal direction Turnbull wishes to pursue will have to wait, although it must be hoped that when that opportunity eventually arrives there are defter hands and cleverer minds behind the effort than Abbott, and Andrews, and Loughnane, and Credlin, and the rest of that failed junta.

Former Treasurer Joe Hockey — an excellent fellow indeed, but also easily the worst Treasurer produced by any Liberal government since the days of Menzies — has had the grace and good sense to leave Parliament; yes, it may well be on the end of a diplomatic posting. But the simple fact is that at the earliest opportunity to leave that presented itself, Hockey took it.

Whether they agree with what Turnbull is doing or not, any critique of government policy is best left to the observers and scribes who opine on such matters; and if opinion is sought by the press from Abbott as a former Prime Minister, the most astute response would be to politely decline.

The perceived prestige of his past office is at odds with both the public perception of his performance in it and with the direction of the continuing government. There is an adage about politicians not being commentators that Abbott and Co would be wise to follow. And in the time that comes after a political career, the shrewdness to know that — unlike Howard — the articulation of contrary views as private citizens really isn’t appropriate.

It might be a bitter pill to swallow, but the best service Abbott could render to the Liberal Party now is to resign his ultra-safe seat of Warringah and leave politics; take his equally irrelevant colleague Andrews with him, and encourage some others (Bronwyn Bishop, Ian Macfarlane, Dutton, and Senators such as Eric Abetz and even George Brandis) to also go to make way for the next generation of conservative leaders to start out, and to give the rest of us on the Right something to rally around and champion over the medium term..

The resignations don’t have to take effect now, triggering a rash of by-elections: announcements about going quietly at the looming election would be just fine.

The Turnbull government is not invulnerable. There are indications Turnbull has not fully learned the lessons of his dumping as leader six years ago. Some of what emanates from the government — especially concerning ISIS and how to respond after the Paris attack — is, in short, alarming.

But these are issues for consideration at another time, and they are not issues with which Abbott can speak with the authority of a former Prime Minister because, in the final analysis, he has none of that authority to draw upon.

It didn’t have to be like this, but it is, and Abbott only has himself to blame. He must leave politics. It is the only decent course to take if the welfare of the Liberal Party is important to him. And once he has gone, he should desist from commenting on issues at all.

But Abbott ignored good advice from many, many people whilst Prime Minister, and it is difficult to believe that will change any time soon.

 

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21 thoughts on “Bitter Pill: Tony Abbott Should Resign From Parliament

  1. I don’t agree Yale.
    I await his return and believe that he is the only voice of intelligence in the whole moslem terrorist issue.
    History will be kinder to Mr Abbott than anyone is now, including those who ‘should’ be supporting him.
    “Evil will only endure, when good men do nothing”.

    • Bring back Tony. With Turnbull you only have 2 ALPs. Turnbull is on the road to destroying the Australian economy with ridiculous gas taxes; he refuses to acknowledge the threat from Islam; he is an imitation of the sound byting Bill Shorten. At least with Tony Abbott we had a leader prepared to recognise reality and prepared to do something about it.

      • I’m not disagreeing with either of you on policy, or the need for the conservative wing of the party to set policy, but Abbott is irretrievably poisoned by the way he allowed his government to be run by a staffer. He won’t be back.

  2. I can’t see a downside with Abbott keeping the Maladministration on their toes. You could probably call it schadenfreude.

  3. I agree with Gerard Henderson on this one, Yale.
    “Abbott was not critical of the Turnbull government’s approach to national security policy. He was merely arguing that nations opposed to Islamic State, including Australia, could do more. That’s all. Yet some journalists, who normally would be expected to encourage debate and discussion, do not want to hear from Abbott.”
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/some-journalists-think-tony-abbott-should-be-seen-and-not-heard/story-fnkqo7i5-1227626111942
    Freedom of speech is the very foundation stone of Liberty.
    This tendency of the ABC/Fauxfacts media to shut down the debate when there is disagreement with their phony “consensus” undermines the very values on which this country and Western Civilisation were built.

  4. Completely wrong Yale!
    Turnbull should resign or be sacked. He is wrong every time an issue comes up. He will soon make a disastrous mistake like the Gordon Grech effort and will be gone anyway, but now he is the PM and can take us down with him.
    Who becomes PM afterwards is a matter for the party room.
    One thing about Abbott, when given time to think he can talk himself into making the wrong decision. When surprised however, he instinctively chooses correctly.
    Turnbull always chooses wrong.

  5. Disappointed to hear you say this Yale!
    Everyone has their own world view I guess …but to me the open border and Islamisation of a countries like Australia, Europe, The US and more is going to quickly become the biggest issue, despite opposition from the media, so called journalists like Nikki Savva etc… and of course the ABC.
    All the left wingers both in the ALP and the LNP will learn this, and to say Turnbull is wishy washy on this issue is an understatement.
    Hes going to Paris to to the Climate Summit to parade around with other pretend leaders to try and solve a problem that does not really exist and ignore one that really does.
    The only leader in the world right now that is showing any common sense is Vladimir Putin…despite what his past is (and who knows how much of that is a beat up)
    I see Turnbull as being no better than Rudd, I cant stand him, neither can my wife…I wont be voting the LNP again, they are just another version of the ALP now.
    I dont agree that Abbott should leave, he should white ant Turnbull…as Turnbull did to him, yes Abbbott did some idiotic things, he walks funny, ums and aahs etc… is a spasmodic speaker at times, but he has more common sense than Turnbull, the left hated him, that means he was doing something right.
    Turnbull is a fairyland pseudo intellectual leftie that thinks he can charm his way through anything (much like Rudd)…his castle will crash down, he is no leader just another weak and vacuous pretender…sadly for Australia.
    The reporters that say Turnbull is great…fills the room with intelligence, a real diplomat yada yada…have the same world view as Turnbull…concerned about Climate Change (the greatest moral challenge to mankind) and not that concerned about 150 dead in Paris, Tutnbull managed to shrug it off in a dont worry…they have more twitter accounts than guns…if Abbott had said that he would have been crucified!!
    Meanwhile left wing journalists of a like mentality praise him for his “air of calm” if it had been Abbott it would have been “lack of compassion”
    Why so down on Abbott? because he is not one of the intelligent and clever souls that inhabit the stratosphere….the Turnbulls, The ABC, The Julie Bishops, The Rudds, The left indoctrinated Universities etc.. of course are…
    Sooner Turdball is gone the better…for Australia.

    • As I have been at pains to point out, this article should in no way be seen as an endorsement of Turnbull or even a repudiation of the arguments Abbott et al have tried to advance.

      Rather, it is a candid acknowledgement that the government he presided over, and the way he explicitly allowed to to be run, has disqualified him from further relevance.

      The issues you mention are indeed serious, and will likely receive short shrift from a Turnbull government.

      But Abbott’s voice no longer commands respect or acceptance in the broad electorate. It is a shame, but he only has himself to blame for it.

      • Agree somewhat.
        However I think you will find Turnbulls relevence will quickly fade, yes the honeymoon goes on, but the left press and many of the left pretending to be right press are helping prop him up, the reverse of what they did to Abbott.
        Abbott never had that, he was constantly rubbished, he certainly cops some of the blame, but not all of it.
        Most of these writers that want him gone, although giving some reasonable arguments, really want to live happily ever after in a little self sealed bubble of so called enlightened acceptance and psuedo concern for the environment etc…without anyone upsetting that neat little illusion.
        The honeymoon will end for Turnbull eventually, there is the HIH past, the Solomon Islands problem, the Goldman Sachs history, once a serious investigative reporter that does not have stars in his eyes starts checking Turnbull out, it wont be pretty.
        As far as Abbott being relevent, lets see what happens on border control, immigration etc…he may quickly become relevent…
        And if Turnbull is the waffling, left leaning, weak leader I ( and many others) think he is, he may quickly become irrelevant.
        Sadly many still undermine Abbott, he was far from perfect obviously, but compared to Turdball..he is a mountain of common sense.
        Lets see what happens.

        • The problem is that by stubbornly persisting in allowing Credlin to run things, Abbott allowed his own credibility to be destroyed. I’m not saying that what he has had to say on ISIS is wrong. But after the dysfunction and chaos that was presented to the voting public for two years, very few people (beyond the rusted on) will pay any heed to what he has to say. As I said to you last night, it’s a shame, but he only has himself to blame for it.

          That said, Turnbull has already made at least one massive strategic blunder — the refusal to go to a December election to capitalise on the stellar numbers he has been recording (irrespective of where they come from) and extend the Coalition’s hold on government out until the end of 2018. I share your view that quite a bit of this support will quickly fall away early next year, and especially if the ALP finds the bottle to switch leaders. It isn’t that the alternatives to Shorten are any good so much as they aren’t, in fact, Shorten, who is just as reviled as Abbott became (albeit for different, and to my mind more valid, reasons).

          I got a very credible tip the ALP is going to do exactly that, and whilst the initial timeframe (30 November) looks like it will pass without movement, the simple fact is that politics is fluid. If Shorten is overthrown in the next month or two it doesn’t mean my information was wrong — just that the flow of events conspired to delay the inevitable. But fluidity runs both ways, and Turnbull may yet rue to cost of not going to the country whilst enjoying such an excellent position. The threats are everywhere, even before –as you point out — Malcolm inserts his foot into his mouth.

          I should just reiterate that I’m not writing from a position of pro-Turnbull sentiment; rather, on the basis of the landscape as it stands. Present tense. The new year will be tougher for Turnbull, and the question is to what degree. As I said in my article, the sooner the Liberal Right gets some kind of succession planning in order and a leadership candidate into prospect, the better. If Abbott has a role to play in that process away from public view, I would have no problem with that.

          • I agree 100% about the stubborn Credlin thing, there is no doubt he was an idiot to allow that, but there may be a possibility that other persons to replace her (such as Tony Nut) may have had too much of a left persuasion to allow them into the PMs office, its certainly clear where the PM ‘s office is heading right now…hard left, softly at first but definitely left.

            I agree also Turnbull has made a blunder by not going to a Dec election, and I am glad he did, but Labor does not have a wealth of talent anyway, all being ex Union Hacks I mean Albasleazy may replace him, but its like choosing a different flavor of poison, its still essentially poison…and thats Labor today…front bench full of poisoned ex union hacks and socialists that desperately want their turn at Social engineering…and the Liberals are going the same way.

            I understand you are not pro Turnbull, I read your previous articles against him, he needs to be out of there ASAP along with Bishop and the rest of them.
            The best thing I heard Abbott say in recent times was “I think people are tired of being lectured by the UN”
            that statement alone is gold, and it certainly helped in his demise (along with his other domestic and captains calls mistakes)
            But that aside I dont think people realize how dangerous the UN has become, I have done a ton of research on this (from all sides of the equation) and after many months of a lot of reading, checking etc…I was pretty much shocked how bad they really are, and they never stop.
            Just watch Turdball, Bitchup and the rest of the spineless Libs lie down and fold to their agenda
            Lets not forget that the largest voting bloc in the UN is the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference,
            Lets not forget that they also are pushing to pass laws that do not allow any criticism of Islam.
            http://www.citizentimes.eu/2013/06/13/if-you-criticize-islam-you-will-suffer-consequences/
            This is bigger than most of us realize, they come, they breed, they take over suburbs and we need a lot of Abbotts on steroids to try and deal with this before its too late.

            • “But that aside I dont think people realize how dangerous the UN has become,”
              No truer words have been spoken. The enemies of Western Civilisation, and its values relating to Life, Liberty and Property, are the Fascist ideology of Islam and the Totalitarian ideology of the UN. Since Islam is becoming recognised as the threat that it is, the UN is a more dangerous entity because of its pretense of righteousness.

              “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”
              ― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law (1801-1850)

    • I agree with you on just about everything except where you say, “he is not one of the intelligent and clever souls that inhabit the stratosphere.” Abbott is a Rhodes scholar as well as an autodidact who gained a better grip on economics than most people in the Parliament, including Turnbull and the rabble rouser in charge of the Opposition. Tony Abbott is a genuine, independent thinker who’s Oxbridge academic qualifications outshine any first class honours degrees granted the monkeys in the press gallery who spewed out the politically correct guff they were fed by their ‘intellectual’ lecturers in their brainwashing classes.

      • I agree with you 100%
        What I meant is the corrupt and arrogant lefties are down on him and view him as “not one of the intelligent and clever souls that inhabit the stratosphere” thats their stance, not mine.
        Actually he is smarter and has more common sense than they do, but they like to paint any opposition to their global warming scares and pro Islam migration as being dumb, unenlightened etc…
        That’s why I totally disagree with Yale…we need Abbott in parliament for no other reason than the left corrupt media and the political stooges wanted him out…and they got that!!!
        Admittedly Tony played a part in that by some stupid mistakes and also being under Credlin…but aside from having him out of the PMs job, they also want to silence him and others, well they should not have that wish fulfilled too..
        And I am surprised that Yale seems to be unknowingly assisting them in this wish, its not about wether he is relevant or not, its about having someone there that is not a completely brainwashed head in the clouds socialist leftoid, this is far bigger than Australia’s domestic political situation.
        Leave him there, let him white ant Turnbull as hard as he can, the Liberals are all but useless under Turnbull,
        in fact they are dangerous for this country and by the time the public realizes it..it may well be too late.
        Have a look at this link to see what the future will be in Australia under fools like Turnbull, Bishop, Triggs, Shorten…the list goes on
        http://www1.cbn.com/media/video/embedplayer.php?bcid=1509282970001

        or maybe the ex mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani

        We need everyone that has an ounce of commonsense to work against Turdbull and Bishop, Hunt etc… and the UN right now before the Australian landscape is changed forever, leaving people wondering “what happened”

        • Quite right. In fact, as an ex-PM without any ambitions for a ministry Tony is virtually unassailable as an independent voice that can be trusted to speak the truth. He can take the limelight off idiots like Lambie and Hanson-Young, who get so much air time. Even if the ALPBC and Fauxfax only gives Tony air time to attempt to ridicule him, he will still be heard for his good sense; and now he doesn’t have to censor himself the way he did when he had to protect his position. Maybe he could defect to the Liberty Alliance party.

        • It would be so easy to stop Sharia for All and the other invasive cancers if our leaders would stop the nonsense about moderate Muslims, and recognise Islam as the unifying dogma of an enemy, just as Communism and all the countries that followed it were recognised as an enemy.

  6. The last time I looked the political arena is for the purpose of political debate. If that rattles Malcolm Turnbull’s cage, that’s a problem of his own making. However, we need Mr Abbott’s understanding of the Middle East, and is prepared to stand by his statements. It would be a loss to public debate if Mr Abbott resigned. Besides, since when should someone resign because others disagree with a stated position. In the interests of transparency, I too am a Tony Abbott supporter, and agree he squandered his political capital on misplaced loyalties, however, should we too follow the path of the Tories who overthrew Thatcher, only to spend the following twenty five years trying to bury her. I say move on.

  7. There is one theme in the original article by Yale, but there are two in the comments. I think tony should stay as long as he wants to. I think there is no chance that his inner compass will allow treachery such as has been his lot to receive.
    The second theme is focussed on turdcoat. It should not be lost on anyone that to stay in government the Libs need the votes of the androgynous middle. It is clear that Turnbull can do this, and equally clear that Tony cannot. If we had first past the post voting this would not be important as the labor vote has been well behind the lib vote for a long time now. But it is infinitely better to get those votes as first prefs rather than second hand from a candidate who is excluded. Makes an even bigger difference in the senate than reps. If the voters in the middle had empathised with tony like they appear to be identifying with Turnbull, we would not have the farce in the house of revue that we have to endure to our detriment for some time to come yet.

  8. I have come back to emphasize a point made earlier. Abbott made many poor decisions. I am perfectly content for the party to choose someone different. Turnbull is not different, he is bad. If you think Turnbull is an improvement, you should immediately seek help!

  9. I disagree with your call for Tony Abbott to resign from Parliament. Turnbull is completely out of his depth and as for his communication skills – they are non existent. Turnbull is a classic example of narcissism. He has verbal diarrhea and says nothing. It is all about making Malcom popular. It is easy to waffle and do nothing. Turnbull will introduce another climate tax, ease our border control, add more Muslim migration to our country. All these are Labor/Greens policies. He is the leader of the defunct Labor Party not the Liberal Party. After 55 years as a Liberal Party member I have resigned and am looking for a conservative party to represent my views. I am looking for a party who will reinstate pride in our country, and deal with the economic and social woes which are devastating our country.

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