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Mathias Cormann (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Australia’s longest-serving finance minister Mathias Cormann, the last member of the original Abbott cabinet still at his post, is resigning from politics. 

The Belgian-born, Flemish-speaking Liberal senator once had an incredible reputation in political circles, described as a “powerhouse”, great communicator and respected financier -- until he didn't.  

Crikey takes a look at the rise and fall of Cormann.