If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.
If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM. Chris Ison

Our say: Former PM should take his leave

TONY Abbott did himself no justice in his churlish, delayed leadership concession that made no mention of his successor and appeared ignorant of the hypocrisy of his criticism of character assassination.

Mr Abbott looked to blame the media and took umbrage at criticism of his chief of staff, not once conceding error on his part.

It was clear from his speech he had learnt nothing from his February near-death experience when backbenchers brought on a spill without a challenger in sight.

Australia needs strong governments and strong oppositions that have at their heart the country's best interests rather than simply a desire for power.

Politics should not be a "game" as Mr Abbott described it yesterday. It is a serious business that is best served by those willing to engage in serious policy debate and to stand and fall on their ideas. A willingness to kick heads and to stretch the truth are clearly characteristics that no longer have currency.

Mr Abbott would now best serve the nation by leaving Parliament quietly, rather than remaining as a destabilising influence.


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