Who’s got your back? The Liberal candidate for Canning, Andrew Hastie, is a quick learner, and has already demonstrated a fine capacity to politicise national security. “In Afghanistan, I did not feel that the then-Labor government had our backs,” the former SAS soldier said on Saturday. On that basis, Hastie must be particularly uncomfortable around Tony Abbott. In October 2010, Abbott declined to accompany prime minister Julia Gillard to Afghanistan because he didn’t want to be “jetlagged” when he met Conservative Party officials in the United Kingdom. “I didn’t want to get here in an entirely jetlagged condition,” Abbott said from London when quizzed about why he hadn’t joined the prime minister in meeting our troops. Presumably Hastie feels Abbott had his back from Birmingham, where the Tories were holding a conference?

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