Liberal Party spill: What the columnists are saying about Tony Abbott
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
End game: Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Canberra Baptist Church for the ecumenical service to mark the commencement of the 2015 parliamentary year. Photo: Brendan EspositoThe country’s leading opinion writers have declared Tony Abbott’s prime ministership all but over with even his staunchest media allies turning on the unpopular leader.
Conservative columnist Janet Albrechtsen stunned many observers when she declared on Sunday that Abbott should go.
He is “a very fine man” and “a lot of us were very excited when he became PM” but there have been too many errors of judgment, she said on ABC TV.
Her shock declaration has been followed on Monday by hundreds of column inches predicting that Abbott’s time is over, even if he survives a spill motion at 9am.
However, few columnists are happy with the alternative offering of Malcolm Turnbull.
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan says “someone has to go” following a disastrous few months for Abbott.
Peter Hartcher, political editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, says Turnbull offers new hope for the Liberal Party but he didn’t have to utter a word in order to make his pitch.
“This is entirely Abbott’s failure, unpressured by any challenger,” he writes.
News Corp’s conservative columnists Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair seem resigned to the fact that Turnbull will be prime minister by the end of the day but they’re not happy about it.
Bolt, whom Turnbull called “bordering on deranged” last year for suggesting he had his eye on Abbott’s job, says Turnbull is too arrogant, self-serving and “Labor-lite” to deserve the leadership.
He will only last if he “stops being the Malcolm Turnbull we actually know”, he writes.
Blair says he is a “Prius-driving, multi-millionaire warmy” and a “cashed-up climate clown”, who will take the country backwards.
Their brutal assessments followed an even harsher one of Abbott and his team by fellow columnist Miranda Devine.
On Sunday, she blamed Abbott’s inevitable downfall on his unpopular Treasurer Joe Hockey and overly controlling chief-of-staff Peta Credlin.
It is Credlin and Hockey that brought him down so Abbott could survive with a new treasurer, new confidantes “and an extra dose of humility”, she says.
In its editorial on Monday, The Daily Telegraph is still hanging on to its man … just.
After acknowledging that Abbott’s polling is dire, the right-leaning newspaper has called for an end to infighting and praises Abbott for bringing the spill forward to Monday.
Support for Abbott at its News Corp stablemate, The Australian, is also hanging on by a thread.
The newspaper’s editorial on Monday has supported Abbott as prime minister with Turnbull as treasurer but it acknowledges that Abbott will struggle to establish any authority after this episode.
However, The Australian’s political editor, Dennis Shanahan, opines that, even if Abbott defeats the spill motion, all he is dong is buying time before being removed later this year.
Columnist Troy Bramston has echoed those dire predictions in The Australian, writing that Abbott’s leadership is over, no matter what the result of Monday’s spill.
“Whatever happens today, it is highly unlikely Abbott can recover sufficiently to reinvent the government,” he writes. “Abbott’s prime ministership is all but over.
The Sydney Morning Herald: The Herald believes that, even if the spill motion is rejected, Mr Abbott should do the honourable thing for the nation: declare vacant his and Ms Bishop’s positions.
The Daily Telegraph: Put simply, the sooner this leadership battle is resolved the better. And this is why Tony Abbott was right to advance today’s party meeting.
The Australian: Mr Abbott will struggle to establish any authority after this episode but … it is Mr Abbott’s very aggression and certitude that holds so much hope for the government as it looks to make good on its economic and electoral mission.
The Age: Mr Abbott embodies some of the worst of Australian contemporary politics … but he is far from alone. If Mr Abbott is removed without a significant reappraisal, Canberra is doomed to repeat the exercise with his replacement.
The Australian Financial Review: There is a strong case for Mr Turnbull to publicly spell out how he would propose to lead the nation.
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