Abbott's true task lies ahead

Tony Abbott ran one of the most disciplined campaigns in memory but his real test will be how he runs a cabinet. The electorate is not sure of abilities which is why alternative parties have done so well.

The 2013 election results show that in a country like Australia democracy works. The nation knew it was time to change the government but the nation is not sufficiently certain about Tony Abbott to give him a huge majority. In addition, it was clear that Tony Abbott had a wider agenda and the electorate was not certain what that agenda was even, though it was disclosed in Business Spectator (Abbott's secret plan forces Rudd into error, August 30).

And Australians are correct to be wary of Tony Abbott – like all new prime ministers.



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