Battleground by Peter van Onselen,Wayne Errington

By Peter van Onselen,Wayne Errington

Tony Abbott got here to the top ministership lauded because the top-rated chief of the competition in view that Whitlam. Why then did he fail to achieve the task to which he had aspired for many years? Frontbenchers leaked approximately cupboard strategies to the media whereas backbenchers complained in regards to the loss of entry to their leader.

Abbott's lengthy apprenticeship in faith, journalism and political lifestyles ready him for neither the mundane enterprise of handling humans nor the commanding heights of nationwide management. Public goodwill evaporated after a tricky first price range. contained in the Liberal celebration person goals and a succession of terrible polls fuelled expanding obstacle that the subsequent election was once unwinnable.

Battleground chronicles the anomaly of the Abbott leading ministership: steadfast loyalty while pragmatism used to be required; social values at odds with group attitudes; stubbornness while strategies and procedure have been crucial. All could convey him undone.

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