There's now open warfare between Tony Abbott and the government in response to Abbott's latest attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his attempt to set out a new path (or, more accurately, the same old path) to the right for the Liberal Party.

Let's skip the pro forma footnote that Abbott is an egregious hypocrite for urging a cut in spending when he dramatically increased spending as prime minister and get straight to it. This is Turnbull's response: Abbott "knows exactly what he's doing and so do his colleagues"."We are acting and we're getting things done. We're getting things done that we couldn't or wouldn't or didn't get done in the last Parliament."