Searching for the ‘real’ Tony Abbott

The MH17 tragedy has led some commentators to focus on the Prime Minister’s ‘true’ character – forgetting that we’ve played this fruitless game before.

It is perhaps not the time to praise Tony Abbott for the way that he has handled the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. It may not be the time either to praise Julie Bishop for the calm and measured way she negotiated the passage of the resolution through the UN Security Council for a proper international investigation of the missile attack that brought down the airliner in an act of terror that resulted in the murder of almost 300 people.

It is not that Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop have not done their duty well. They have been able to speak eloquently about the horror and the dread and the great sorrow many Australians have experienced in the past few days.

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