He compared Abbott’s “conservative position” unfavorably with the bolder approaches of Victoria’s Ted Baillieu and NSW’s Barry O’Farrell on work place issues.
Reith wasn’t shy in letting his readers know that both premiers voted for him and not Alan Stockdale.
But he also wrote that he promised Abbott that, if elected, he would suspend public advocacy of workplace reform, thinking this was the best way to support the now embattled Opposition Leader.
We now won’t have the opportunity to see if Reith’s promises are worth anything.
He might roll Stockdale next time around but who will be in Abbott’s shoes by then?
So all bets are now off and Abbott (who it has to remembered got the leadership by just one vote — just like Reith lost by just one, Tony Abbott’s) will need to spend a lot of time looking over his shoulder. The WorkChoices warriors in Parliament will be biding their time.
The hapless Abbott now has two groups to contend with — Peter Reith’s and Malcolm Turnbull’s.
When Parliament resumes next week Abbott won’t be singing “Happy Days are Here Again”.
He might have been given the latest Newspoll but that big mouth opened too wide again.
And Julia might just think there is a God after all.