Hat tip to http://twitter.com/G_Parker (deputy online editor at The West Australian)
"By 1 vote in the party room Tony Abbott has defeated Malcolm Turnbull to lead the Liberal Party. So what can we expect from his time as opposition leader?" asks Andrew Carr, a PhD student in Canberra on his blog Chasing the Norm.
I certainly think Abbott is one of the most capable, honest and straight politicians in Australia today, irrespective of whether or not you agree with him of a particular issue.
And he's been punished by parts of the media for that honesty and lack of spin. Quite frankly, that guy from the Asbestos Diseases Society was performing a stunt for political purposes. As was his right to do and good luck to him.
Abbott's sin was to treat him like a normal, ordinary person and not as some pathetic victim.
Already you can see parts of the media openly declaring war on him, for instance the Fairfax Media.
Do we have the political maturity to handle a politician that says plainly what he is thinking, in contradistinction to the endless and verbose spin doctoring of Kevin Rudd?
And I'm not saying people should agree with Abbott, but can we get away from this childish habit of creating a cliched cartoon-cutout version of what somebody says and instead thoughtfully consider it?
Just a suggestion.