Federal

Jul 15, 2016

Abbott’s place is on the backbench

Tony Abbott's ministerial history suggests he is best left on the backbench, not allowed to cause chaos in cabinet.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It might be a half-smart ploy by Malcolm Turnbull to put his vanquished rival Tony Abbott into Defence, as many have mooted. Defence is the notorious graveyard of ministers, where many a career on both sides of politics has come a cropper, David Johnston and Kevin Andrews being only the two most recent casualties on a long list. It would be an olive branch to Abbott’s little band of fanatics within the party, and keep Abbott away from domestic politics and locked in Cabinet solidarity, albeit with the regular risk of leaks, until Abbott’s career ended, as so many others have, at Russell Hill.

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  1. Electric Lardyland

    My only real memory of Abbott’s time as Health Minister, was that the Howard government spent about $30,000,000 of public money on a pre-election ‘public education campaign’, to inform the public, that Health wasn’t in as big a mess as the public thought it was.

    1. klewso

      Then there was his “cast iron commitment” re the Medicare safety net – snapped after the election, by Honest John Howard – laughing it off himself, on his Fourth of July 2012 7:30 Report July interview.
      Four Corners Interviewer: Will this Government commit to keeping the Medicare Plus Safety Net as it is now in place after the election?
      Abbott: Yes.
      Interviewer: That’s a cast-iron commitment?
      Abbott: Cast-iron commitment. Absolutely.Interviewer: Eighty per cent of out-of-pocket expenses rebatable over $300, over $700?
      Abbott: That is an absolutely rock solid, ironclad commitment.

  2. StefanL

    Make him Minister for Sport and Recreation in the outer ministry.
    He could then indulge his passion of tri-athling around the nation and not get involved in serious government.

    1. Bill

      That’s would be an absolute insult to the sport and rec community

  3. Steve777

    The trouble with finding a job for Tony Abbott is that he would regard any offer of a job that he was capable of doing as beneath him. Maybe Rupert could find him something.

  4. Yclept

    With some anger management training, and if he could be taught manners, he may have a future flipping burgers somewhere.

  5. Nigel Stanley

    ‘Clod’ is an apt term for Mr.Dutton. He does not deserve his salary and I am amazed that enough people voted for him this time around.

  6. Iskandar

    Best job for our Tony: permanent life-time ambassador to the Vatican.

  7. rhwombat

    Best takedown of the cycling Smeagol that I have read. Well written BK.

  8. AR

    I’d suggest making him Environment Minister as it would rid us the gHunt and humiliate both of them.
    There will be no worthwhile action in that area so long as Talcum is beholden to Barnaby Rudge & his secret agreement.

    1. klewso

      Fine Ants Minister?

  9. Jaybuoy

    Abbott,Bernadi,Abetz,Andrews,Dutton, and the rest of the pod need to split from the LNP and strike out on their own.. There has never been a more exciting time to recreate the DLP.. Turns out even the Liberal Party is to commo for Santas little helpers..

  10. Gavin Moodie

    Michelle Grattan suggested that Tone could be put in charge of getting the right wing to vote for the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

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