Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, left, and opposition leader Tony Abbott pose during the Leaders Debate, ahead of the Sept. 7, election,  at the National Press Club in Canberra on Sunday Aug. 11, 2013. Australian's will go to the polls on Sept. 7, 2013 during the Federal election to choose the 44th Parliament of Australia.(AP Photo/Alan Porritt, Pool)

The similarities between fallen leaders Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd are becoming hard to ignore. And destabilisation rarely ends well for the party involved. Weekly column for The Drum.

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The Prime Minister isn’t fooling anyone when he sings Tony Abbott’s praises.


The Political Weekly: this former darling of the Liberal conservatives may have fallen out of favour.

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Having won the face-off with Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull now has two more pressing tests to deal with.

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Ministerial paranoia, the Canning by-election and fear of a snap double-dissolution are all fuelling renewed leadership speculation. Depending on who you believe, Tony Abbott’s time might be up.

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The Political Weekly: A flash of anger and a terrible joke headline our weekly review of Australian politics.


Bombing Syria, cutting taxes, and dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer – the latest ideas coming out of this Government suggest Tony Abbott is desperately scrabbling for anything in the hope of escaping his dire situation.

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The Political Weekly: Coalition in-fighting, Julie Bishop’s tactical move and cries of racism.

Spanish Inquisition

The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.

It’s time for Tony Abbott to recognise the hollowness of the Liberal right’s threats and to call their bluff on marriage equality.