The election of the Liberal–National Party in 2013 was meant to put an end to division within Australian politics, after three years of painstaking internal leadership warfare in the Labor Party.
But nobody told Tony Abbott. He assumed, quite wrongly, the electorate voted him in to pursue his conservative ideological projects, rather than restore stability to the political system.
We start in the week before the 2013 election and travel through the bizarre nature of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership, and how he couldn’t make the transition from combative Leader of the Opposition and rise above petty ideological squabbles.
His replacement, Malcolm Turnbull, offered hope to the electorate but ended up languishing in a position as poor as his predecessor’s.
We end with the 2016 election campaign, and its lingering aftermath, and ponder how conservative politicians and their supporters in the media have taken Australian politics to a point where the electorate is wondering whether our political leaders have the skills or the desire to lead Australia through difficult times.
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Table of Contents
- Election 2013: The final countdown
- A government not in control of itself
- Tony Abbott: Bad Prime Minister
- The ‘stop drownings at sea mantra’ cloaks a racist agenda
- A very Australian conservative coup
- What is Tony Abbott hiding?
- ABC fails the test of good journalism
- Tony Abbott: On his way out of office
- The Medicare fiasco and a spiralling government
- An Australia Day mistake
- Goodbye Newman, Abbott will be next
- Who are you?
- Thank goodness Anzac Day is over
- Abbott’s Royal Commission losing credibility by the day
- Turnbull is not the man the media wants us to believe
- Day zero and a descent into the maelstrom
- A Coalition masterclass on how to lose an election
- Turnbull lets everyone know that he’s on the ropes
- Malcolm Turnbull and his disappearance act
- Winning elections as easy as ABC
- 2016 election night and beyond