Abbott's nightmare is unfolding in WA

Tony Abbott is likely sweating bullets with the threat of a new half-Senate election in Western Australia. It could cost him his friendly Senate and derail the carbon tax repeal.

Federal politics in Australia, at present, is like watching a home-owner planting flowers in their front garden, knowing full well that their house is likely to be demolished for a new freeway. The flowers just aren’t that interesting until we know what’s happening with the freeway.

It is not being openly discussed, but blocking that freeway development and leaving Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s house standing will be front-of-mind for Liberal Party strategists.

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