Abbott’s flagging fortunes on full, proud display


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There is one thing the Prime Minister’s speech on national security this week will be remembered for, and it won’t be the speech.

Cheeky piece for The New Daily.

Can Abbott survive his war on terror?

Abbott’s war on terror has bought his leadership some extra time. But will Muslim leaders’ reaction mean it’s the beginning of the end?

Article for TheHoopla.

So much for a more ‘consultative’ PM

Drum_newDespite promising to be more consultative after the non-coup two weeks ago, Tony Abbott is still making poor unilateral decisions and statements that are chipping away at his authority, writes Paula Matthewson.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Abbott declares “War on Doubt”

We already know Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not one for subtlety. And that desperate times call for desperate measures. But the PM’s declaration last weekend of a “war on doubt” took unashamed manipulation of the Australian public to a whole new level.

Article for The Hoopla.

Abbott’s leadership still on the line

Until Abbott accepts that at the heart of his government’s woes is a reform agenda seen as misguided and unfair, his prime ministership remains in peril.

Article for The Hoopla.

The Liberal rebellion is far from over

Drum_newWith Abbott’s blood now in the water, an off-the-radar battle is taking place between the right-wing conservatives and the moderates in the Liberal Party.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Abbott. Strong … or just plain stubborn?

Despite renewed promises to consult with colleagues and listen to voters, the address by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to the National Press Club was an affirmation of his government’s reform agenda more than willingness to reform himself.

Article for The Hoopla.

Without change, Abbott’s a dead man walking

Drum_newTony Abbott’s long-awaited address to the National Press Club today has become much more about his own survival than a rebalancing of his Government’s wobbly electoral prospects.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Forces massing against Abbott and Credlin

Powerful players both inside and outside the government are gunning for the PM’s top adviser. But have they got the wrong person in their sights?

Article for The New Daily.

Abbott: bad as Gillard, mad as Rudd?

Does Tony Abbott combine Gillard’s bad political judgement with Rudd’s madness?

Weekly article for The Hoopla.

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