17 August 2012
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A MESSAGE FOR TONY
There has been a distinct step up in criticism of Tony Abbott this week. Following Laura Tingle last Friday, there have been strongly worded articles by Tim Colebatch, Dennis Atkins, Mark Latham and Barrie Cassidy, amongst others.NICK FEIK, EDITOR
Cassidy notes that 'the media' rarely pull Abbott up for his inconsistencies, and have generally failed to hold him to account in the way they have previous Opposition leaders. It is widely agreed he has been on shaky ground when talking about anything other than the carbon tax or boat people. And the carbon tax attacks are undoubtedly wearing thin, especially to Tony Windsor. He launched this enthusiastic attack on Abbott in Parliament yesterday.
Notably, the News Limited newspapers have so far refrained from the full-scale critiques of Abbott's performance. As long as this continues, the other criticisms are unlikely to faze Abbott's Opposition colleagues. And support for Abbott has come from an unlikely source this morning. Courtesy of Fairfax and Spectator Australia comes the most unintentionally funny piece of political commentary of recent months, by the infamous Godwin Grech.