CANBERRA -- He might be the "man with a five-point plan", but Tony Abbott promised there would no sniping.
Bleary-eyed in September 2015, after a raucous farewell in the Ministerial wing, the newly ousted PM also promised "no wrecking" and "no undermining."
Falsehoods in SMH. I don't leak against colleagues. Never have, never will.— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February 6, 2017
Sniping in the traditional sense -- and according to illustrious dictionaries -- is petulant and snide, done anonymously or from a "safe distance".
Now as a backbencher Abbott is definitely more of a keyboard warrior in dishing out advice -- penning many op-eds and frequently firing up his Twitter account -- but he is in plain sight.
I am proud to have brought in 'no jab, no pay'. Let's not play politics on vaccinations.— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) March 6, 2017
Putting aside whether Abbott wants his top job back, and whether telling Turnbull and his senior ministers what to do all the time is a great strategy for a comeback, here are the times the former Prime Minister has put a few thoughts out there on leadership.
To be helpful. And correct the record as Abbott sees it.
- September 26, 2015 Tony Abbott said leaders are subject to "death by opinion poll";
- September 29, 2015 Tony Abbott said he could have won next federal election;
Thank you for the privilege of being Prime Minister. My love for this country is as strong as ever. pic.twitter.com/CP0ioCzE1Z— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 15, 2015
- October 27, 2015 Tony Abbott reminded everyone he stopped the boats;
- November 17, 2015 Tony Abbott called for more boots on the ground in Syria and said the SAS should take the fight to Islamic State;
- December 9, 2015 Tony Abbott stepped in to urge Islam to reform;
- February 22, 2016 Tony Abbott suggested more federal government defence spending was required.
Election fever started to come on.
- October 5, 2016 Tony Abbott was forced to deny he said he had a "good chance" at becoming PM again;
- October 15, 2016 Tony Abbott declared he was "ready to serve" and blasted the "toxic" culture of leaking from party room meetings;
- October 17, 2016 Tony Abbott was disturbed by reports the Turnbull Government was trading off gun laws for the ABCC vote.
Disturbing to see reports of horse-trading on gun laws. ABCC should be supported on its merits.— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) October 18, 2016
- October 19, 2016 Tony Abbott said no "serious Coalition government" would allow the importation of rapid-fire weapons;
- November 9, 2017 The U.S Presidential election happened, and did you see this subtweet?
Congrats to the new president who appreciates that middle America is sick of being taken for granted.— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) November 9, 2016
- November 15, 2016 Tony Abbott declared climate change is not the most serious moral, political and economic issue and the moral panic about it is 'completely over the top';
- November 27, 2016 Tony Abbott gave some end of year advice. He called for a "big new push on budget repair" and urged the government to stop talking about innovation and agility because it "loses people";
- December 5, 2016 Tony Abbott was not happy about the scrapping of his Green Army, describing the act as a "bad principle".
To be strong & united, the Liberal Party cannot take the base for granted & must convincingly argue for its values & principles.— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) December 21, 2016
- January 14, 2017 Tony Abbott said the government's first order of business in 2017 should be to wind back the Renewable Energy Target;
- January 18, 2017 Tony Abbott rejected Turnbull's allegation that traditional cabinet processes were absent under his leadershipl
- January 30, 2017 Tony Abbott had some ideas for reconnecting with conservative voters and had a go at the gridlock in the Senate;
- February 17, 2017 Tony Abbott said the May budget should not raise taxes;
- February 22, 2017 Remember Tony Abbott's government signed THREE free trade agreements?
Australian Honey Products in Tas is one of the many businesses benefitting from the 3 big FTAs my gov secured. pic.twitter.com/mPVyFodKtR— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February 21, 2017
- February 24, 2017 Tony Abbott laid out a five-point plan for the Coalition to have a chance at the "winnable" next election;
- March 31, 2017 Tony Abbott spoke out to "set the record straight" on the China extradition treaty and urged the Government to learn the lesson not to "trash" colleagues;
- April 17, 2017 Tony Abbott reissued his five-point plan on winning and reconnecting with the electorate, but urged colleagues not to sack the Prime Minister.
And there is more help to come as the Member for Warringah now has a two regular spots on Sydney radio and is in high demand for opinion pieces.
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