In its planning, Tony Abbott's week wouldn't have looked too bad. There'd be a national security statement in which he would appear tough on terrorism, and bag the Muslim community as well. There'd be an announcement on discouraging foreigners from buying Aussie real estate. The inevitable pullback in Newspoll -- there was no way it was going to stay at an absurd 57-43 in Labor's favour -- could be portrayed as the green shoots of an Abbott recovery. Then off across the Tasman to announce a joint Australian-New Zealand deployment back to Iraq to help the Iraqis take the fight to the Death Cult(c), just like the Anzacs fought Johnny Turk together a hundred years ago.
After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough
Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.