Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott (Paperback)
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Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?
Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.
Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.
About the Author
Dr Peter van Onselen is a contributing editor at The Australian and a presenter at Sky News. He holds the chair of journalism and is a professor in politics at the University of Western Australia.
Wayne Errington is the author of numerous books and articles about Australian politics. He is senior lecturer in politics at the University of Adelaide.
Together they wrote the best-selling biography John Winston Howard, described by Laurie Oakes as 'The definitive book on one of the most important politicians of our time.' Battleground is the first time these authors have combined forces since and the result is equally powerful.