Abbott's long labour of love and hate

Tony Abbott accepts his next job will almost certainly be prime minister. But the coming year will only get tougher as he strives to stay on top of the polls by any means, fair or foul.

The pressure to meet grand expectations of voters and the demands of colleagues – all with vested interest – is unrelenting. The media is never more than an inch away.

No, it’s not being prime minister. It’s the job held now for exactly three years by Tony Abbott.

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