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Book reveals Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin’s secrets

Journalist publishes never-before heard details of conflict and incompetence.

Peta Credlin and Tony Abbott

Both Ms Credlin and Mr Abbott have denied the affair rumours. Photo: Getty

Whatever is left of Tony Abbott’s reputation is about to be shredded with a new book containing a string of revelations about the incompetence of his government, including on questions of national security.

Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself, written by Australian Financial Review journalist Aaron Patrick, differs from many other books on politics due to the author’s forensic and dispassionate approach to the subject.

“I am not trying to push an ideological agenda,” he told The New Daily.

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credlin-co-cover-290116-newdailyIt was commonly said that Tony Abbott’s Chief of Staff Peta Credlin had more power than he did because she made more decisions.

And the most common questions are: Why did Abbott allow the relationship to destroy his Prime Ministership? What peculiar psychology underpinned their relationship? Why did he ignore the advice coming from so many elder statesmen of his own party, as well as the repeated criticisms from the nation’s media?

She was his disciplinarian, his brain.

“Peta Credlin became his best friend, strongest ally, his facilitator, his crutch,” Mr Patrick said.

“I present scenarios where Ms Credlin was so aggressive, where she tried to exert control across the government, and give specific examples. Normal government processes broke down because Ms Credlin tried to exert so much power.”

The question of whether the attacks on Peta Credlin were sexist, as Abbott repeatedly claimed, is explored in depth. “I came to the conclusion they were not,” Mr Patrick said.

“I make the case that the attacks on Ms Credlin were driven by her actions, not her gender. She wanted to be the story, she loved being the story. Ego, desire for power, fame, that was what she wanted, that was what she got, that was what she enjoyed. And it destroyed both of them.”

Credlin big on defence

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Tony Abbott used national defence and terrorism as a political tool, a new book alleges. Photo: AAP

Tony Abbott was hardly the first politician to use terror and national security to advance his own ends, but perhaps one of the first to allow his chief of staff to play such a decisive role,” Mr Patrick said.

“Tony Abbott used war for political purposes and I explore that in some depth,” the author said. “Ms Credlin played a central role. The book explores her influence over national security policy. In his dying days Abbott reached out to the terror threat as a dying man reaches out to water. It was an issue they thought would save them.”

Included in the book are previously unpublished revelations about Ms Credlin’s interaction with the Defence Department.

One shining light

One of the few people to emerge from Credlin & Co in a positive light is Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who Mr Patrick said withstood Credlin’s ceaseless bullying. The book reveals new details of the two women’s falling out.

Abbott used Credlin as a crutch to do his dirty work, trying to enforce his socially conservative agenda across the whole of government. Australians are not like that. We are a liberal society.

“There is a whole sub-chapter on the powerplay between Bishop and Credlin,” Patrick said. “She was tough enough to stand up and say no, but they tried it on. Bishop comes out looking much better than most other people.”

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While official channels were closed, there were plenty of Canberra sources willing to provide information for the book.

Mr Patrick said while both Ms Credlin and Mr Abbott refused to speak to him for the book, he was surprised by how much assistance others gave him, figures within the Liberal Party and within the bureaucracy.

“Ms Credlin alienated so many people, she just destroyed a lot of Mr Abbott’s good will within his own party,” Mr Patrick said.

While refusing to reveal his sources, Canberra’s senior mandarins (public servants), many of whom disliked Mr Abbott and Ms Credlin intensely, are also believed to have helped provide background for the book.

“The official channels were shut, but the others weren’t,” he said. “It made the book better.”

‘Like looking at a car crash’

As to why the Australian public continue to be fascinated by Abbott in a kind of gawkish way, as if rubbernecking at a car crash, Mr Patrick said: “In terms of the book, I am glad Abbott is hanging around.

“Abbott is still a story, and the effect he is going to have on the Australian government is an open question.

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Mr Patrick says Tony Abbott is a product of 1950s England.

“Abbott  was born in England in the 1950s and he is still a creature of it. He represents a narrow strand in Australian culture which is in many ways more British than Australian, and that is part of the reason why he was unsuccessful.

“He is not a modern Australian. To be an effective leader you need to engage across the ideological spectrum.

“Abbott used Credlin as a crutch to do his dirty work, trying to enforce his socially conservative agenda across the whole of government. Australians are not like that. We are a liberal society.

“People have a fascination for Abbott because he is a truly weird man, and he got to be Prime Minister, which is pretty remarkable.”

Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself will be available from February 1.

Mr Patrick’s first book, Downfall: How the Labor Government Ripped Itself Apart, was published in 2013.

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  • Leigh

    “I am not trying to push an ideological agenda,” 
    Yeh, he is.
    His book us no different than some of the lefty rubbish I read in comments here, speculation and innuendo.
    Sought of like a collection of 1001 and one put downs of Abbott.
    In the little one reads in the piece , I’m left wondering how deep are Mr Patricks pockets? Abbott, a seasoned politician, may keep a lid on his emotions being an election year but Credlins a private citizen who still needs to work for a living.
    All this without speaking to either party?
    “Abbott  was born in England in the 1950s and he is still a creature of it. He represents a narrow strand in Australian culture which is in many ways more British than Australian, and that is part of the reason why he was unsuccessful.”
    A narrow strand in Australian culture?
    There’s a hell of a lot of us standing on that “narrow strand” of Australian culture, probably into the millions.
    That’d probably explain the landslide win by this “weird” father, volunteer and former prime minister.
    How much negativity can the new daily cram into a story about a favorite lefty target by another left bent journalist in the promotion of another fairytale?

  • Athinker

    What a lovely couple.

    • earlyone

      They treated the Australian people like mugs and got their desserts.

      • Kavik

        The real mugs are the voters of Waringah. Hope they have woken up enough to not simply vote for a party instead of a true representative. By preselecting him, his local branch will reveal themselves for what they are – of like mind with him.

  • Malcolm

    I have always felt that tony just didn’t get what it is to be an Aussie. He tried hard but never really got it. For one thing ,we don’t want to be divided or ruled. We also don’t like being ripped off by liars and scammers . We don’t like seeing it done to members of our community either. Bullies are much less likely to be supported by cronies here than anywhere else . We don’t gang up on the weak and defenceless like he and Smokin Joe thought was their role as conservative leaders. We are a separate nation to Britain with a very different history and we have been shaped by our land and our history in our own way. As for the whole Peta Credlin thing, well I might just have to read the book to see what that was about.

  • Dunkey

    Can’t Wait. Obviously the book will not get a review in the Murdoch press.

  • gregory456

    This book shows why Abbott must not be preselected. He and Credlin are actively planning to reinstate him as prime minister and her as his chief of staff. Turnbull needs to get rid of him and her somehow.

    • earlyone

      Let’s hope common sense prevails and NO one votes for him, although I’m sure he’ll be preselected.

      • Tony Peters

        That electorate needs a high profile person to stand as an independent against him. Dick Smith would have romped in had he been the one.

    • Thai Trev

      All he has to say is,it is him or me.That will focus the backbenches minds.

    • Carol Miller

      Again how do you know that? Please tell me who you heard this bit of crap from? Or are you just making it up for good print and make yourself sound good. What crap.

      • Tony Peters

        A remarkable thing happens every time I read one of your posts. I see the image of Peta Credlin.

  • Tony Peters

    It is frightening to think this unelected woman wielded more power than the entire Cabinet, including the then PM.
    And no one seems to have followed up whether Abbott had relinquished his British Citizenship, mandatory under our Constitution.
    How many other politicians, Government or Opposition, carry dual citizenship illegally? A decent Head of State would guarantee this never happened.

  • Lloyd Krarg

    differs from many other books on politics due to the author’s forensic and dispassionate approach to the subject. True! Wow! What a man!

    “I am not trying to push an ideological agenda,” he told The New Daily. Oh really? Wow!

  • Leigh

    “I am not trying to push an ideological agenda,” 
    Yeh, he is.
    His book us no different than some of the lefty rubbish I read in comments here, speculation and innuendo.

    Have a look at what’s already been posted.
    Who needs another book?

    “While refusing to reveal his sources, Canberra’s senior mandarins (public servants), many of whom disliked Mr Abbott and Ms Credlin intensely, are also believed to have helped provide background for the book.”
    I couldn’t think of any group more disgruntled than a bloated “public service” that Abbott wacked, to background a book critical of him and his government.
    Sought of like a collection of 1000 and 1 put downs of Abbott by people who feel hard done by him and his government.
    Those very same mandarins could do nothing but “sing” in tune with first Rudd and then Gillard who increased their budgets.
    Nothing news worthy or new there but it’s a bit rich to ask them to background a book critical of the Abbott government.
    And then state:“I am not trying to push an ideological agenda,” he told The New Daily.
    And his unbiased conclusions,opinions and allegations are reached with his exemplary investigative skills……..without speaking to either party?
    Magic?
    “Abbott  was born in England in the 1950s and he is still a creature of it. He represents a narrow strand in Australian culture which is in many ways more British than Australian, and that is part of the reason why he was unsuccessful.”
    Unsuccessful?
    Some of us here wish we were as “unsuccessful”.
    A narrow strand in Australian culture? 
    There’s a hell of a lot of us standing on that “narrow strand” of Australian culture, probably amounting into the millions.
    That narrow strand of Australian culture would explain the landslide win by this “weird” father, volunteer and former prime minister.
    It’d probably explain the anger towards Turnbul and what he did as well.
    How much negativity can the new daily cram into a story about a favorite left target by another left bent author in the promotion of another fairytale book?
    Even the reporter, John Stapelton betrays his political leanings in his very first line:” Whatever is left of Tony Abbott’s reputation is about to be shredded”
    Shredded?

    • Taxmemore

      Here’s the last sentence in the article,

      “Mr Patrick’s first book, Downfall: How the Labor Government Ripped Itself Apart, was published in 2013.”

      Seems fairly balanced and bipartisan to me so far?

      Or did you accuse Patrick of having an idealogical agenda back then as well?

      • Leigh

        “Or did you accuse Patrick of having an idealogical agenda back then as well”?
        Yes, and no, I wasn’t alone in thinking there were far to many obvious omissions in his “hard hitting” soft critique of the labor years.
        Here’s one of the many book reviews over at Amazon on that very book, Downfall: How the Labor Government Ripped Itself Apart.
        “Aaron’s book suffers from groupthink, his omissions when information is so readily available render an otherwise compelling work so incomplete as to be an unreliable record”.
        His employer at the time,Fairfax media, probably had a little to do with that “group think”.

        • Taxmemore

          You accuse and criticise Patrick for pushing an idealogical agenda.
          He may well have done. I don’t know.

          However, this is the very behaviour that you exhibit and engage in.

          Assuming you’re correct about Patrick, that makes you kindred spirits.

          You also complain about ‘trolling’, yet my experience of your posts, is that you are equally as bad as any of the worst offenders from the left, in this area.

          I have a suggestion.

          Change your avatar to the Cyclops.

          • Leigh

            “He may well have done. I don’t know.”
            Yeh you do, hence your defensive comment.
            What ideolygy would I be persuing by being critical of anothers opinions that I think are disrespectful to not one but two people? That I’m not part of the “group hug” here, hardly classifies me as persuing an “alternative ideolygy”.
            What I wrote was MY opinion on his work of fiction that’s reported here, that does little more than promote his disdain of Abbott. Thats not trolling, its simply an opinion. That YOU and others disagree with that opinion certainly won’t have me losing any sleep.
            I have a suggestion for you to. Be a little more specific with your comment. If you find something that I’ve stated as fact, as opposed to personal opinion, that is wrong, don’t hesitate to point it out…..with contrary facts.
            “is that you are equally as bad as any of the worst offenders from the left”
            And here’s another tip, make sure you do it with out the abuse that the sand people so self righteously resort to, there in lies the difference between them and I.
            And the avatar? It speaks for itself.

          • Taxmemore

            Here’s a fact.

            Your posts never contain any.

          • mulga mumblebrain

            There’s a truth in them, if you read between the lines, about Leigh, and it’s not pleasant.

          • mulga mumblebrain

            You support Abbortt because he is an anthropogenic climate destabilisation denialist like you ie an enemy of science, rationality and the truth and dedicated to destroying future generations for reasons that are beyond normal human beings’ understanding.

          • Angel

            And stop hitting up the moderator to remove posts you dislike.

          • Taxmemore

            I don’t know what you mean?
            I’ve never ‘hit up’ any moderator on this site or any other, to have posts removed.
            I don’t even know how you contact the moderator to do that.
            More information please.

    • Lee Tinson

      You got lost at “lefty rubbish”. Shouldn’t use terms like that: they immediately reveal that you have nothing of any value to say.

    • Lee Tinson

      Leigh … you must not, under any circumstances, actually read this book!

    • Carol Miller

      Crap and more crap. Who is he anyway.

  • Bill

    You are welcome to him. I suggest a nice deluded, sorry I meant secluded, place just for the three of you

  • earlyone

    I don’t know anyone who wants him back but then there are some ‘sinister’ people out there with his view of the world

  • Petra

    Do not allow them or these type of beings to get close/involved with any politicall decision for Australia
    Tony Abbot is a Jesuit have we forgotten what they are good for? Let’s check history of civilisation!

    He works for the illuminati agenda! Divide and conquer, USA, CIA, September 11, false flags in the world, created wars for the benefit of corporations and the Rostchilds, etc etc.
    Wake up Australians

    • Taxmemore

      I approve or disapprove of politicians based upon their ethics and political values.
      Tony Abbott is a liar.
      I don’t need some religious/anti-religious zealot or conspiracy theorist nutcase to tell me to wake up, in order to realise that.
      Get lost!

      PS. It’s Rothschild.

  • Esses

    Wow. Really? Is that why he lost 32 opinion polls in a row – badly?

  • rosemary tomlin

    In your dreams. Most Australians dont want him back. The only thing good he did was to stop the boats.

    • Athinker

      And impressed a class of people, including himself, who don’t care in the slightest where the passengers on those boats are now.

  • I think you are forgetting the ridiculous things he said and did… you are also forgetting the cheerleading the Murdoch press did for him as well! Sure, he copped a lot of crap from other directions, and even from murdoch rags, some (very small) part of of it undeserving.

    Most of it though, was of his and his cabinet’s making. Eating onions, rorting travel expenses, flag overload on every speech and weird nodding episodes alone tainted his reputation and that’s without even going into the things he said and the policies he put forward.

    • Mike

      Not forgetting Sir Prince Philip

  • colin mcdermott

    I think Ben is 100% right on this one. Tony played the media and deliberately kept himself in their spotlight.

    I can remember tripleM inviting Tony to speak on their morning breakfast show. He was introduced as “their good friend Tony Abbott”. They then scoured their playlist to find songs that Tony actually liked in their list… Meanwhile Julia Gillard was hounded for wanting to talk about the budget on budget night!

    Lets face it if Julia Gillard knighted Prince Phillip, the media response would be as bad if not worse. As it was worse for Julia over her more minor promise breaches compared to Tony’s more blatant backtracking on election night promises.

  • Sandra Hey

    Julia Gillard was an exception Prime Minister, a great pity she was so abused for her efforts by the Murdoch Press and not to forget the dreadful abuse she received from Tony Abbott amongest all those other stupid people , that also included stupid Women. Abbott and Credlin will not be remembered as having a positive influence of any thing decent that would have enhanced the welfare of most deserving Australians.

    • Tony Peters

      I fully agree with you. How quickly people forget that Gillard did NOT lead a Labor Party Government but a ‘team of horses’ made up of her own minority party, Greens and Independents.
      The same coalition could have happened for Abbott had he even bothered talking to the Independents and Greens. One only has to listen to Tony Windsor’s speech to Parliament at that time to realise Abbott couldn’t compromise no matter how important it would have been for our country.
      A very, very dangerous man who should NEVER have been an MP and who would have been better for us had he stayed in England.

      • fehowarth

        Same could have happened for Abbott if he had any negotiation skills, and ability. Gillard managed to hold govt together full term in spite Abbott’s continuous assaults. Manage to put party agenda in place.

        • Tony Peters

          He was what she wasn’t. An egotistical bully.

  • Lee Tinson

    Who is this “We” you speak of? I don’t know any of us.

  • Athinker

    Abbott achieved so many good things?

    What?

    ROTFLMAO.

  • RT

    Derek you must be a Labour voter. Abbott makes Shorten look good so you want him back.

    • Many Libs want him back you know RT.

    • Athinker

      RT – To be Labour voter he would have to be a Pom or a New Zealander.

  • Tony Peters

    While ‘Australians’ continue to get their main news from Murdoch sources…and he is the source of more news than most people realise…they’ll be convincingly swayed at an election.
    John Laws got John Howard elected three times when the polls were showing the ALP would win.

  • Athinker

    No. Rudd was just crazy. Abbott was far more dangerous.

  • Athinker

    Kevin – He’s a liar. Do you have a lot of liars as friends?

  • Rye an

    Where exactly IS Peta?.
    Maybe she’s in Britain looking to become a Dame…….’stuff’ happens over there it seems.

  • tj

    Ho Hum another book on the book stands by another obscure journo try to get his name up in lights .How these people can arrive at the facts without talking to the people involved puzzles me .But i suppose we have to remember the journalistic code ”never let the facts etc. etc.” Anybody know how his book on the Labor govt. sold? Guess Patrick just trying to have 2 bob each way

  • Seb

    What do you mean, “he couldn’t have that sort of family”? What would he do? It seems you are stuck in the patriarchal past where a man dictates how his family will think and behave. One would hope that, as lovely as the little lady seemed, she spoke her own mind and had her own thoughts.

  • Seb

    The advantage of doing nothing at all is that nobody is quite sure they dislike you. Turnbull is snookered and too bunny-in-the-headlights to move. The only move in popularity is down…

    • Leigh

      Oh I’m sure I dislike him Seb!

  • Compared to the vitriol he threw at Gillard he has had very little thrown at him that he didn’t invite.

  • Murdoch press no doubt.

    • Tony Peters

      It certainly sounds like its from a Murdoch stable.

  • Leigh

    Now your getting it TP. I’m from the middle of the road rapidly approaching the right side.
    See if you can find another critique of his book from your side that actually contradicts mine.
    “Aaron’s book suffers from groupthink, his omissions when information is so readily available render an otherwise compelling work so incomplete as to be an unreliable record”

  • Leigh

    How quick we do forget TP.(myself included here)
    His name escapes me at the minute but didn’t Gillard “import” some English pit bull to manage her parlimentry affairs?
    And a foul piece of work he was to.

    • Bev Head

      Right again Leigh, his name is John Mc Ternan
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-11/leaked-emails-reveal-aggressive-style-of-john-mcternan/5149158
      Rudd was a bit smarter that Julia and chose a senior treasury official, Jim Murphy, to both give Rudd credibility in financial decisions but mainly ” installed as a sign to senior bureaucrats and ministers that this time there would be calm”. Perhaps more of a German Shepherd than a pitt bull.

    • Tony Peters

      I’m not sure what you mean by “How quick we do forget…”
      As to the “didn’t Gillard “import” some English pit bull to manage her parlimentry affairs?”
      If we are as ‘independent’ a country as many claim, why are we bringing in Poms to run our country.

      Both the LNP AND the ALP are stacked with ex Brits or at least first generation ex Brits.
      When are we going to get BLOODY AUSSIES running the country???

      • Carol Miller

        Get a grip Tony. This Country has been run by poms as you say for years, they come over years ago, remember your history? As for Aborigines in Parliament, there are a couple involved but yes in years to come there hopefully will be more.

        • Tony Peters

          I’m gripping, I’m gripping. Now what???
          This country achieved much in the days when we had more generational Australians, made up of ex Irish, Pakistanis, Chinese, Italians and of course Europeans who didn’t try to make Australia another Europe.

          Since WWII we have seen the country overtaken by European ideals bought here without any thoughts to what already existed.

          May I humbly suggest you check YOUR history before making suggestions and griping on my gripping.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      Oh, dear-Mr. Pot calling someone else a kettle.

    • Carol Miller

      Oh yes Leigh and he was a definite failure too.

  • Leigh

    You really aren’t the sharpest tool in the box are you?
    Here I was thinking you were pretending you didn’t know which way I “leaned”.
    Please tell me you knew all along and somebody didn’t have to whisper it in your ear.

  • Leigh

    GE, which nonentity are you talking about?
    The author or shiteforbrains?
    If it’s the author you’ve misread what I wrote, “you need to read between the lines”.
    I’m retired, is it relevant?

  • Tony Peters

    The problem is that when the sun starts to shine from his rectum and hits the suppository of wisdom, I’d strongly suggest we all clear that ‘room’….Those Budgie Smugglers don’t stand a chance.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      Insert the suppository, and, all things going as planned, the excrement will flow. Sounds like a description of the Abbortt regime to me.

    • Carol Miller

      Have you seen Turncoat in his budgie smugglers as you call them? And he wasn’t volunteering for the life saving club. He looked disgusting. Why don’t you talk about that instead of bashing a good decent man who loved his Country. He wasn’t there for prestige like Turncoat who couldn’t decide whether to join the Liberals or Labor. !!!!!!!

      • Tony Peters

        Being a heterosexual male I don’t care to see anyone in their budgie smugglers. I am not aware of Turnbull in such attire and if I had I would have turned him off as I did Abbott.

        As to ‘bashing a good decent man’ I find that laughable. You obviously didn’t watch the scathing mendacious remarks Abbott in opposition made against Gillard’s ALP Coalition.

        We lost a few good and decent Independents thanks to Tony’s “bashings”.

  • Leigh

    “I simply asked a question for information. I meant nothing more to it than that.”
    And I simply gave it to you. If the links not there, take it up with the moderator/s.
    You were the one “stacking” the left and right side of the road.
    Let me again clarify my “political leanings” that you seem to have expertly pidgeon holed. For nearly forty years I was a stand in the rain labor supporter. ….till they annointed an idiot by the name of Latham. I and many thousands were not going to stand in the rain handing out how to vote cards for an idiot. I’ve seen nothing in the years since that would see that decision as regretful.
    The labor party today is not what I grew up with and passionately supported in my private life as well as my work place.
    I’d never voted liberal in my life, till the last election and probably won’t again, now that Turnbul has again aligned the liberal party with labor.Didn’t he learn from the last time he did that? It seems many more than just me expressed their angst with where the labor party had taken the country.
    So if you’ve got something contradictory to that review , you know the drill, put it up or shut up.

    • Tony Peters

      I find it extremely hard to believe you would have been supporter of the ALP but dropped them for one person and then went in favour of the extremely opposite ideology.
      To say you oppose Turnbull because he is so much like the ALP really shows your hand.
      I don’t support the ALP or the LNP. I vote for whoever supports me. Malcolm has not yet shown his cards because he is in ‘caretaker’ mode.
      Lets see what happens this year on the way to an election.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    Geoff, can you believe it, but the spelling of ‘Labour’ was changed to Labor long, long ago, by the amazing King O’Malley, the expatriate Labor politician, who lived to 99 or something, and died in the 1950s.

  • Carol Miller

    You are entitled to your opinion, but I will reply to a couple. First Tony’s sister as you probably know is gay. He has stated publicly he has the utmost respect for her and her partner and they are part of his family. What he is saying and I absolutely agree is- Gay people deserve respect as that is their choice but when it comes to children and families then the institution of marriage between man and woman is far more preferable in that regard as same sex couples can’t produce children. He said that if they have a commitment it should be respected and not judged.
    The other comment you made is ridiculously untrue, saying he was a laughing stock. If you have read the statements in the Australian and plus the fact that he has been invited to both England and America, he has been touted as a wonderful speaker and invited back.Tony has received a lot of respect from both Countries and others as well, in fact the head of India’s party (can’t think of his name) said he thought Mr Abbott was the best P.M. he knows. I agree he did seem to stuff up his comments in front of the camera here, I don’t know why but he certainly did not overseas and he was NOT reading from a script, in fact he writes his own material. He was crucified here by the left media and the weak libs got scared they would lose the election so knifed him. To my mind they now may as well be labor for that traitorous act and because Turnbull had to have a big decision to make a few years ago, he could decide whether he should join Labor or Liberal, what does that tell you? He is there for the prestige, Abbott was there for the love of his Country. So you stick to your opinion and I would love to tear it down.

    • Athinker

      Carol – your appalling wilful ignorance and bigotry rose to the top when you said “that is their choice” about gay people.

      I gave up reading after that male cow manure.

      Please educate yourself.

  • Carol Miller

    I’m sorry but do you have proof of that or just doing what some Journalists do and just make it up for the glory of a story. Mr Abbott hasn’t been invited to speak in England and America for nothing. He is staying in Politics because he has been been asked by about 70% of people. He and them feel they have more to offer to the Country he loves. He wants to make sure that there is conservatism still in the Liberal party, and I think that has come across from other members due to Turnbull being quite on the left. Remember he wanted to join the Labor party a few years ago.

  • Carol Miller

    Oh please is that all you are worried about? As if Mr Abbott would not see to that. Can you all think of something else he is guilty of to satisfy your hate?

  • Carol Miller

    My God your hatred knows no end. Funny how England and America wanted him over there to speak???
    As for your conspiracy crap I don’t know whether to cry or call security.

  • Tony Peters

    You are obviously ‘listening to a different Turnbull. Malcolm made it quite clear that the ‘status quo’ would exist till the next election. He made it quite clear that he would honour the agreements his party under Tony Abbott made till that time.
    He is being criticised by the ALP supporters for not changing the status quo and for the extremists in his own party for going against his original ‘status quo’ statements.
    How about we wait till he is no longer in ‘caretaker’ mode.

  • Langabi Shakespear Ngomane

    We were tired of tony abbott behaving as if he is still the prime minister. At least this book has silenced him for a while.

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