Abbott's great mistake will haunt 2016

The new government’s policy and public service shake-up rewards its own party faithful, but will alienate the anyone-but-Rudd votes it was gifted at the election.

Prime Minister Abbott has wasted his first big political opportunity by choosing to reward angry party faithfuls, rather than work on maintaining political ground he was lucky to win at the general election.

To be specific, the “anything but that lunatic Rudd” vote does not belong to Abbott, but a large part of it could have been his right through to 2016 had he approached these first days in power more adroitly.

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