Then the issue became a hot topic in both the backrooms of the halls of power and in electorates across Australia.
Suddenly Abbott's office claimed that the opposition had not seen the legislation, then that A deal on the reform was originally negotiated between senior Labor and Liberal figures but Mr Abbott had not formally declared his position.
Later still the line was that he had actually agreed to the legislation before his budget reply pointed out the so-called 'budget emergency'.
Finally we hear that even though Abbott had agreed, it was only provisional as he had no power to sign off on the agreement.
The political lies ran trippingly off Mr. Abbott's tongue during a number of televised interviews.
However his letter is out there in cyberspace for all to see........