Fisky wrote on 10 July 2013 that it was ‘time to think the unthinkable’ and restore Malcolm Turnbull as Opposition Leader prior to the 2013 election.
Regrettably I have reached the same conclusion. Tony Abbott has been an extremely effective and disciplined Opposition Leader who has worked damned hard since taking the position on 1 December 2009. I hesitate to say that he ‘deserves’ the chance to contest the next election as Opposition Leader, since no MP deserves any special consideration from the electorate.
Labor has thrown all principle out the window. They have proved willing to allow a psychopath and genuine nutter – Kevin Rudd – back into the Lodge who is an extreme risk to Australia. Every Labor MP knows the risk to Australia from a Rudd victory in the 2013 election. Yet so pathetic and desperate are they, that they have turned a blind eye to his unfitness for office and are now campaigning on a stack of lies.
To knowingly and deliberately put Rudd back in the Prime Ministership is little short of treason. They have looked behind the curtain and brought out Caligula rather than Claudius.
Unfortunately there is a real risk of Kevin Rudd being returned as Prime Minister following the upcoming election.
This is intolerable. A returned Rudd – especially with the protections he is seeking to establish to his personal occupation of the position – would be a loose cannon and would have a willing accomplice in the Australian Labor Party as he positions the Government to focus on Rudd’s interests rather than the national interest.
Rudd’s recent pronouncement on boat people and PNG will be perceived as ‘fixing’ that problem, even though he is the architect of that policy failure.
It is a mystery to me why the Australian people seem to like Rudd and dislike Abbott. But that is a fact.
Malcolm Turnbull is the only Coalition politician who can guarantee Rudd’s defeat. He has flaws – we all do – and he has made serious mistakes. But he is erudite, intelligent and genuinely a small government advocate. He has learned from those mistakes and is unlikely to repeat them.
For those who say that Rudd bettered Turnbull in 2009 and Abbott was the catalyst to Rudd’s removal – I do not think that the circumstances that then applied are now relevant.
Ideally a transition to Turnbull should occur just after Rudd announces an election date.
Yes, it is sad for Tony Abbott, a genuinely nice person. But he would be better placed as a Minister in a Turnbull Government than as a defeated Opposition Leader facing yet another three years of Opposition (presumably under some other Opposition Leader).
It is in Australia’s interests that Malcolm Turnbull be the Leader of the Liberal Party prior to the upcoming election.