Tony Abbott dot com. Before the 2013 election, Tony Abbott, like many MPs, had his own personal website. Tonyabbott.com.au was the home for all press releases, announcements and local Warringah news right up until the election. Shortly after the election, Abbott’s website was scrubbed and redirected to liberal.org.au. Some had suggested the scrub was a recent thing, but looking through the archives shows that Abbott relinquished his control of the website to the party shortly after becoming prime minister.

Inquiring minds are wondering now that Abbott is no longer PM, will he get his own website back, if, as he insists, he still has a lot to contribute to public life? Especially given the new prime minister still has his own personal website, not to mention his own personal email server he uses to sent ministerial emails … but oops, sorry, that’s not a three-day story, according to his office.

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