A trap is being set for Abbott

The Abbott government's biggest challenge yet will come to new defence minister David Johnston. Between the DLA Piper review into Duntroon and the JSF mess, he's in a dangerous situation.

In John Howard’s first two years as prime minister he lost seven cabinet ministers as a result of conflict of interest. The first danger signs that the inexperienced Abbott government will also be trapped are already emerging, despite the intensive efforts of the respected Philip Ruddock, who has been a member of the Australian parliament for four decades, and is now party whip.

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