Abbott thinks he would have won the election. Shearer probably thinks so too.

Tony Abbott is starting to speak out about his rolling by Malcolm Turnbull.

Tony Abbott has launched a defensive of his prime ministership, saying he would have won the federal election with budget cuts and lower taxes.

“The poll-measured unpopularity of the Abbott government was not due to any shirking of responsibility but to our determination to do our duty by getting our own spending under control,” Mr Abbott says in a forthcoming essay obtained by The Australian.

The former prime minister has also issued a warning for Malcolm Turnbull saying his successor’s biggest challenge will be to retain popularity once he has a credible narrative of his own.   

Mr Abbott said he wore his unpopular 2014 budget as a badge of honour and that the problem was less that it was tough but more that it failed to pass the parliament.

“Indeed, one of the strongest endorsements of the Abbott government’s economic policy has been Malcolm Turnbull’s pledge to maintain it,” he said.

Mr Abbott was careful not to take a direct swipe at Mr Turnbull but issued a critique of senior Liberals for the “very well-organised” September 2015 spill “who didn’t want the Abbott government to succeed”.

David Shearer probably feels hard done by too. Especially with every poll since his demise showing Labour on much, much less than when he was leader, and when he was leader his personal popularity ratings were also much higher than Little’s have ever been.

 

– ODT


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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