OPINION: Abbott might stay PM, but now we need action

THE 61 to 39  vote against a motion to spill the leadership of the LNP is hardly a ringing endorsement of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Clearly, a swag of backbenchers have had major issues with the PM's leadership style.

The PM has promised to be more consultative with the party room on major policy issues.

Time will tell on that. Certainly recent days haven't shown signs of that.

But in the meantime, all politicians need to get on with the job they are handsomely paid to do.

They need to provide leadership and stability in uncertain economic times has never been clearer.

Australians need jobs.

They need economic development.

Those who are without work or sick need support.

The fundamentals have not changed.

The GP co-payment issue demonstrated, more than any other, how out of touch with ordinary people the PM and his Treasurer became when developing policy.

Sure, there is no doubt that changes to Australia's Medicare system need to be made to ensure it remains sustainable.

But that sort of policy work must be done in consultation with MPs, doctors, and the community.

If there is one lesson that the LNP should learn from the Queensland election result is that political arrogance is death.

And so is disunity.

So let's hope everyone gets on with the job.

There is still mountains of work to be done to get Australia's budget back on track.

Hard decisions will still have to be made.

But they must be properly communicated so Australians are well aware that there is a clear plan for our future.

Mark Furler is Australian Regional Media's Group Digital Editor


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