I hope Anna Burke is nominated, but obviously, a party line vote in the House of Representatives means Tony Abbott’s desire will be translated into reality.
During the election campaign, the ‘invented tradition’ of having a “party elder” shadow the Leader was manifest in the Liberal Party. Philip Ruddock accompanied Tony Abbott on his campaign travels. At times, the former Immigration Minister acted as valet – handing the Opposition Leader his yellow safety vest and removing his suit jacket. It’s not known whether Mr Ruddock still wears his Amnesty badge in his suit lapel, because he sought, largely successfully to stay in the shadows.
Perhaps he is afraid of the light?
With one woman in Cabinet, Sophie Mirabella having submitted to the judgement of her electors, the Coalition might need to explain its Liberal verities about appointments on merit. Particularly when Howard era reruns like Kevin Andrews have displayed theirs.
Tony Abbott reportedly has hastened slowly to accept office. The unkind suggest that this might be because he’s having a sudden rethink of whether The Boats Will Stop on Day One (though the government will no longer tell us whether they are or not). Or perhaps that’s the charitable view. It’s said, also, that Mr Abbott is proceeding thoughtfully and deliberately to slow down the media cycle, to privilege sport on the front pages over politicking and the surface froth, which he fanned into a mighty tide.
King Canute tried to hold back the tide, did he not?
One thing I am sure of – a Howard Restoration is not a viable proposition.