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It would be all too easy to dismiss the Immigration Minister as a buffoon and a fool. But to do so would be a mistake.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at the National Press Club on February 2, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Abbott will lay out his 2015 plans as his ability to lead the party is questioned by political commentators following the unpopular decision to knight Prince Philip and Coalition party loss in the Queensland election.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

If there was a theme running through the shambles that was politics this past week, it was self-delusion.

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The next few weeks are absolutely critical for political players – they need to lodge their preferred perception in the minds of Australian voters before the nation knocks off for the long break.

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If there was one moment that summed up the unmitigated disaster that was the Turnbull government’s first week back in Parliament, it was that witnessed by Sky News viewers on Thursday evening.

Is Tony Abbott safeguarding his legacy, defending conservative principle, or swinging a wrecking ball through the Turnbull government? Whatever the reason, the result might be the same.

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A new book detailing dysfunction within Tony Abbott’s prime ministerial office will cause upheaval in the Coalition and may even fuel a thirst for retribution over his ousting.

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Tony Abbott’s sudden escalation of his destabilisation campaign has all the hallmarks of a bad movie we’ve seen before.

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The former PM is threatening to turn the Turnbull government into the Rudd-Gillard ‘omnishambles’. Analysis for The New Daily.  

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.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, talks with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the Middle East and his upcoming meeting at the White House are both significant when it comes to his recent efforts to balance the expectations of both the hawks and doves in the voting community.