Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs an issue, or an idea

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:11pm, first published January 6 2015 - 6:24pm

Tony Abbott is now in the most difficult period of his first prime ministership, and hasn't much time, or luck, to spare. He has misjudged the electoral mood in what he has said or done so far. A man who skilfully made the last election a referendum on Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard seems unable to prevent the next election's being a referendum on himself. Even worse is an increasingly settled perception that his character, personality and record are not such that he would deserve to win any such beauty contest.

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