HAS TONY ABBOTT LEARNT A LESSON?
Well, no. “I stand by my decision, I take full responsibility and I will be more consultative in the decision making process in future”, he said. Crumbs, if he stands by his decision then what would have been the point in any consultation? With Tony Abbott, what you see is what you get and he will not change. People don’t change at the age of 57.
If consultation was ever a part of Abbott’s MO then he wouldn’t still be hanging on to the PPL. He would have consulted the cross benches and the AMA prior to announcing a stupid $20 rehash of the co-payment.
Abbott is stunned by the reaction to his method of rule, but he shouldn’t be, Australia is not yet a republic and he is not an elected President, he is a lowly Prime Minister. His Party, not he, was elected and his Party elected him... and it can un-elect him.
But here is what’s interesting. Conservative voters have realised there is a problem with Abbott’s leadership and they are saying so in droves. Yet during the depths of the Gillard and Rudd disasters the Left refused to admit there was even a problem. The Left is not the slightest bit devastated that Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t even know what the GST rate is.
What has been most noticeable in this fracas, at least to me, is the Right’s ability to judge politics objectively and the Left’s inability to do so.
And as for Uncle Rupert, he should zip it. Peta Credlin is Abbott’s Chief of Staff and would have a very minor, if any, influence on policy decisions and certainly not on the knighthood business. The problem with Credlin is that she isolates her boss from Ministerial influence... and he allows her to do that.
His brilliant efforts in Opposition have not translated to Government... and I doubt they ever will.