By Peter van Onselen, Wayne Errington
Tony Abbott got here to the major ministership lauded because the most suitable chief of the competition because Whitlam. Why then did he fail to reach the activity to which he had aspired for decades?
Frontbenchers leaked approximately cupboard techniques to the media whereas backbenchers complained concerning the loss of entry to their leader.
Abbott's lengthy apprenticeship in faith, journalism and political lifestyles ready him for neither the mundane company of dealing with humans nor the commanding heights of nationwide management. Public goodwill evaporated after a tricky first finances. contained in the Liberal get together person pursuits and a succession of bad polls fuelled expanding crisis that the following election was once unwinnable.
Battleground chronicles the anomaly of the Abbott best ministership: steadfast loyalty whilst pragmatism was once required; social values at odds with neighborhood attitudes; stubbornness while strategies and method have been crucial. All might carry him undone.
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