Joe Hockey, pictured arriving for the Liberal leadership spill in February, would not be delivering his second budget had Tony Abbott lost that vote.
In just a year, the Abbott government has gone from a radical nation-changing budget to promising a 'dull' one. Are we to believe the ideological zeal is gone, or has the survival instinct kicked in?
Ideally, the cabinet should include four of the seven types of leaders - and only two of those make effective prime ministers.
Analysis of the mindsets and responses of thousands of senior leaders tells us only about 7% are likely to have the right stuff to lead effective government responses to wicked problems.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stubborn and capricious style has alienated the public and his backbench.
Update: Tony Abbott has won the leadership ballot 61-39. For the latest updates follow Michelle Grattan’s articles here. After his triumph in September 2013, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott faces…