Caution will reign in the Abbott government

As Opposition leader, Tony Abbott was often painted as an unpredictable zealot. But his record on small business and indigenous issues point to man who will govern with pragmatism and discretion.

Now that it’s clear that Labor and the Greens have lost control of the Senate as well as government, the nature of Tony Abbott as national leader comes into sharper focus. As prime minister, Abbott has the numbers (with reasoned Senate negotiation) to effectively govern.  

For those in the conga lines of industry and special interest lobbyists waiting to influence the Abbott government, they need to consider the sort of person Tony Abbott is. To misunderstand him will be to lose influence.

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