Friday, 30 January 2015
The stress of this country’s top political position appears to be seriously affecting Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s health.
An inability to cope under sustained pressure is the only reason I can conceive for this badly-timed and impolitic statement made earlier in the day and quoted in the Brisbane Times on 30 January 2015:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will "absolutely" lead the government to the next election and has described the strong performances of potential leadership rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull as the result of their "good captain".
Visiting Colac in Victoria on Friday, Mr Abbott was peppered with questions about his leadership, the future of his chief of staff Peta Credlin - and whether he would stand aside for Ms Bishop or Mr Turnbull.
Mr Abbott responded by praising his "strong colleagues" and "strong team" but said they benefited from his leadership.
"One of the reasons why so many members of the team are able to perform so well is because they have got a very good captain," he told reporters.
"It takes a good captain to help all the players of a team to excel," he said.