Tony Abbott's Brough replacement

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Despite being deeply embroiled in Ashbygate plotting, Mal Brough is being put forward as a possible replacement for PM Abbott

What Australia needs now is a new Prime Minister. And that man is Malcolm Brough.

It’s not going to happen, of course, at least not until Team Abbott have exhausted every avenue to ram through their IPA agenda in the year-and-a-half they have left.

Pundits are portraying the LNP rout in Queensland as even deeper quicksand under Abbott’s leadership, but it will only be after Rupert tweets something like ‘Abbott, nice guy but caught him looking Wendi sideways, …time to be cruel’ will his game be up. So far, Rupert is confining himself to the soft target, if you can call Credlin that.

The problem with the Coalition back bench is that there are so many of them. You can’t include them all in the Great Scheme, the one designed to hand Australia over to the Global 1%. Be chaos! All these first time back-benchers trying to come to grips with the Game of Tones.

Accordingly, the backbench is alienated, isolated from the main game. And, after Victoria and Queensland, the prospects of a courier franchise loom large. What should have been ten years of local electoral power looks like turning to dust after three — and the Beemer is on a four-year lease.

Where can we turn?

Arise! The hero of the disenfranchised back bench, Captain Decoré.

And a bloody good choice he is too.

Mal might be a backbencher like the rest of the troops – one of the boys – but, cripes, he was a Howard minister and knows the ropes.

Who better to spearhead the thrust for ongoing back-bench privileges than a man who sorted the Aboriginal problem and chaired the NDIS to such widespread implementation?

Nobody, that’s who.

So the report in the SMH that Mal has been urged by the backbench to have a go at LNP leadership is no surprise.

The SMH portrayed the play as Mal being put up as a stalking horse to flush out a spill so Bishop/Turnbull could assume control, but Mal is done with stalking horses.

He learned his lesson in 2008 when Nelson set him up in the 2008 LNP merger. Mal resigned the party in a major huff and mooched off to Melbourne to become CEO of a charity of which Arthur Sinodinis was a board member. Back to the Sunshine Coast in 2010, a few meetings with Abbott, a bit of how’s your father with James Ashby and bingo, back in Parliament.

Do not, whatever you do, underestimate Mal Brough.

Mal has the particular ability to control his body language. He makes James Bond look nervous. No blinking, no twitching, no ummming.

Ask him a question, any question at all, the response, at first hearing, will come across as genuine and relaxed.

Sure, he spat the dummy once when he got out in a cricket game, threw everything down, jumped in his car and wheelspun from the oval. But that was then.

Now, if there is a spill and Mal puts his hand up, he’ll mean business. He has the charisma to convince the wavering. He has the rat cunning to subvert the others.

The idea that Mal would stand for leader without the sole objective of winning runs contrary to his MO.

How does this sound:

Malcolm Thomas Brough, Prime Minister of Australia.

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