A new front has opened in Tony Abbott’s not-so-stealthy bid to be re-installed in cabinet, with an opinion piece by his close friend Cate McGregor in The Daily Telegraph this morning. McGregor opens:

“The impasse between Prime Minister Turnbull and Tony Abbott needs to be resolved quickly, or this government is doomed. Indeed, it may not even last long enough to feel the wrath of the voters who installed it, having grown sick of the Shakespearean plotting, scheming, treachery, and assassinations of the previous Labor Government.”

She mentions that she has spoken to Abbott in the last week, meaning we might as well read this piece as a personal recommendation attached to the end of his CV, or a challenge to a duel:

“Evidently Turnbull is still engaging in wishful thinking that entails life without Abbott to kick around anymore. He hopes he will leave politics. But his predecessor is dug in deeper than Geoffrey Boycott. I am still happy to take bets that Abbott will leave parliament after Malcolm Turnbull.”

“So what are the implications of those facts? Well they should prompt Turnbull to reach out to Abbott and restore him to a meaningful role. That implies a senior ministry.”

And what job does the former PM want? Don’t worry, McGregor doesn’t leave us guessing. Abbott, perhaps smelling blood, is gunning for Nigel Scullion’s gig:

“He would be an ideal Minister for Indigenous Affairs. He has a passion for it and both the debate about indigenous recognition and the overhaul of welfare dependency require a credible conservative to quell an insurgency on the right. There is no one better suited to this than Abbott and he would love to do it.”

With McGregor taking up the fight, Greg Sheridan must be glad he gets to write about something different this week.

Peter Fray

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