Mr Abbott wants a cabinet job to stop him being a ‘wrecker’

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Ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants back into the Cabinet, requesting the Indigenous Affairs portfolio as a way to create a truce between him and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

According to an article written by his friend Catherine McGregor, published with Mr Abbott’s permission, Ms McGregor claimed that “Abbott is not for leaving” and is intent on speaking out about issues as he sees fit. She proposed that, by giving him a spot in the Cabinet, he could be brought back into line.

Another ally of the former PM said that if Mr Turnbull wants to end the unrest within his party, Mr Abbott should be reinstated on the frontbench.

Ms McGregor also suggested bringing in past prime minister John Howard to act as a mediator between the two most recent PMs.

Mr Abbott’s passion for Indigenous Affairs is well-known. He handled the role during his time as PM. It is believed he is targeting the portfolio because of Nigel Scullion’s mishandling of the Don Dale juvenile detention scandal.

It would seem that Mr Turnbull may be dealing with ‘blackmail’ of sorts, especially considering a recent News Corp article which stated that “Abbott actually believes that the ‘solidarity’ imposed upon him by the cabinet is the best insurance against his being deemed a wrecker. Only the discipline of the cabinet can completely align Abbott with his own avowed mission, the re-election of this government.”

In Ms McGregor’s article, she claims that “Abbott believes that only Turnbull can restore their relationship. He is the leader. He alone can ensure that Abbott is accorded the status and workload which befits a former prime minister.”

But another Liberal Party source thinks that conceding to Mr Abbott’s ‘ultimatum’ is akin to negotiating with a terrorist.

Ms McGregor believes that “there is no one better suited” to the role and that Mr Abbott “would love to do it”.

“He would consider himself bound absolutely by cabinet solidarity and he said he wouldn’t be a wrecker. He would honour the obligations of being a cabinet minister and serve with loyalty.”

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.

What do you think of Mr Abbott’s request? Do you think he’s suited to the role of Minister of Indigenous Affairs? Do you think he handled this portfolio well when he combined it with being PM? Is this just a form of blackmail?

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    NO NO NO we don’t need captain chaos back on the front bench. KRud was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Abbot is just a wolf and a very hungry one. If he really believed in the Westminster System as he often said (obviously when it suited him or his party), he would retire from politics and do us all a favour.

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      I didn’t like Rudd or Gillard but Australians did get something out of their governments. Then Abbott came along, lied and deceived us all to get in, and repealed anything he could to turn back the clock for his political masters.

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      X2, Mick…..

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      MICK, I disagree with your statement about the way Abbott became PM. As I recall, Gillard’s lie about the carbon tax eventually became a liability for Labor and Rudd was reborn only to save seats. Labor would have lost that election even if the proverbial brown dog stood against it.

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      That liar should be sitting in jail for misleading and deceptive conduct.

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      Gee HS, if we jailed politicians for lying, our jails would be full. All politicians lie but there is an easy way to find them out. You know they are lying when their lips are moving.

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      That’s the problem with attitudes like yours nobody wants to do anything about the corrupt, lying bastard politicians. Send them to jail on Manus Island or Nauru there will be plenty of room for them there soon.

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      You are Wrong,wrong,wrong about Abbot. Do you think a man of his intelligence would put on an act of “Give me a lolly and I’ll behave myself. He knows that such an attitude would brand him as an absolute stinker and he would not adopt that stance. Give him a break!

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      I’m really not sure about his intelligence.

      He must have had some academic ability when young, but more recently hasn’t shown it.

      Maybe all that boxing has taken its toll.

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    Abbot’s great strength was has as head kicker and he has that thing a boxer needs which is a “never say die” attitude.
    Based upon that I suspect that apart from an ambition to be top dog again he is out for revenge against those who where responsible for his defeat.
    He really has got what it takes to be a Prime Minister, not that are too many like that around at the moment.

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      My thoughts were that he was a destroyer who together with his Party cared nothing about the country or its citizens other than the well to do.

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      Sorry about my earlier comment which should have read
      “He really has NOT got what it takes to be a Prime Minister —–.
      Actually one thing related to the business with Bob Day – it was never clarified whether Abbott had relinquished his British Citizenship on election to Parliament.

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      No, he has not got what it takes to be a PM, sorry .
      He stuffed up last time, we can’t keep rotating donkeys through our parliament , we need NEW BLOOD , and a new law of 8 year terms , no more career politicians, look at the amount of people who have been there for decades. I mean Bronwyn is gone , what about Abetz and other too long in the job useless people.
      No more career politicians. And no help for pre selection by family members either , that is really bad too.

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    This is just another beat up by Abbott hating left wing journos carrying on as they did without letup when he was PM.

    Let them just wait until he is PM once more – as he will be.

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    I agree. He has a proven track record of lies. He seems to act only in his best interest. I definitely say NO

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      Listened to some comments on the TV when someone was sprouting Abbotts good things, and the questioner asked , why when we talk about Tony Abbott , all its about is Tony Abbott. Thats his problem time to go he gives not a care about the people the job , all he wants is to be in there feeding. Unsatisfactory man to be a PM already proven, please leave Mr Abbott.

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      If the subject of a conversation is Tony Abbott, what do you expect to talk about if not Tony Abbott?

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    We’ve had Abbott’s promises before. Once bitten, twice shy.

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      Good to hear it. There are many brain dead citizens who may disagree with you though. And you wonder why the nation is in trouble.

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      Yeah and most of them were at this years Melbourne Cup demonstrating what bloody drunk idiots they are… many female gender… among the rest. Now that’s equality for you!

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      Malcolm needs to unite the Liberal Party and get everyone’s support there. He needs to stop worrying about keeping the “bed wetters” on side and come to terms with Abbott and his supporters

      Now that Malcolm is in the prime ministerial driver’s seat, ( or should that be the hot seat?) how well has he performed? The recent election result was anything but a ringing endorsement of Malcolm. His parliamentary performance has fizzled badly too. He never should have let himself by side tracked by Shorten’s red herring about the alleged deal with Lionhjelm over the Adler shotguns when Malcolm should have brushed that off and concentrated on curbing to influence of the unions that he was going on about before Shorten blindsided him with the “shotgun issue” He needs to maintain his focus to provide sustainable leadership and making peace with Abbott ( or tossing him a bone to keep him quiet ) is something he needs to do sooner rather that later. Now the uproar over Bob Day’s financial dealings and the carve up over the votes that saw Day elected is just another distraction Malcolm needs to deal with.

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      You’re right wally, Turnbull doesn’t have the political skills to deflect the crap that is thrown at him. When I say crap, it is in fact a well thought out plan by Labor who long ago found out Turnbull’s weakness. He thinks he is the cleverest man in the room, and he could well be, but he’s not the smartest when it comes to the in-fighting that is essential in politics. He has a belief that it is better to use a hundred words when other smarter people would use two.

      Reminds me of the masterful way Keating was able to deflect hard questions that he knew shouldn’t be answered. He weaved a hint into his answer that he was going to change the Australian flag. The Coalition always rose to the bait and all we heard about for the next media cycle was how the opposition insisted on keeping the flag. Keating 1 – opposition 0.

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    Why not just bring him back as PM?

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      Yeah – and bring Joey back as The Trezh at the same time and really make a bollocks of the place……

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      Why not indeed, the policies are the same, changing the leader did not change the direction of the party.

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      If Trebor wants to bring back former Prime ministers and treasurers, why stop with Abbott and Hockey? Let us go whole hog and bring back the economic vandals that buggered up Australia’s economy in the first place, namely Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan. Then Trebor could really wallow in satisfaction as Kev and Wayne complete the job of making a bollocks of Australia’s economy that these two started!

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      Please, please, I have said this before, but can we have a government led by Abbott and Costello, it would really reflect the standard of politician we have in this country.

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    Yes give Tony the job of indigenous affairs.

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      Yes, and how will he actually help our indigenous? Nothing constructive. Nothing worse than somene who thinks they’re great, but only in their own mind.

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    I think Turnbull and Abbott should both ‘grow up’.
    They should concentrate on each others good points, and together contribute to the success of their party’s government of Australia.
    Abbott should be reinstated, and given the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.
    Hopefully, this could reduce the tension between Turnbull and the right wing of the party.
    This divisiveness must come to an end.

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    The rusted ons here to see in all their glory.
    “A house divided cannot stand”. That about says it all. Turnbull knows that and will only agree if he is forced into it by the factions who run his party. That’ll be interesting.

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    If you look back at our political history, there have been ‘ex PMs’, who have made comebacks, just after Federation in 1901, there were a couple before 1910, and the most recent one, was in the 40s….Sir Robert Menzies….yes, it was wartime, and yes, it was 1939-41, but he came back to form what is now known as the Liberal Party in 1944, and became PM a second time, from 1949 to 1966, and the only PM to bow out on his terms, yes, he was 71 at the time, but he had enough, and felt that party needed some fresh young faces, going forward, mind you Harold Holt who was elected PM, to take over from Sir Robert, was only a mere 59 year old………….so could history repeat itself, it’s been done before

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      Difference there bike is that Bob Menzies had a vision. I could stand up for and even vote for the ideals Menzies espoused. The Party he created has long since ceased to exist. It lacks leadership under Turnbull, and by selling its soul to conservative elements just to get the numbers to win Government it suffers a fate similar to Faust – the dude who sold his soul to the Devil.

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