The confidence with which Dennis Shanahan assert in this morning's Oz that the coalition will stick with its current front bench team almost guarantees a spill in October.
More importantly, aren't we all heartily sick of "journalism" that reports politics as if it is about the politicians and not the policies? Do journalists have no responsibility for the fact that Abbott got to do his "mini campaign tour" while the PM was out of the country but still managed to say nothing?
In response to questions spilling from Joe Hockey's absurd claims about being able to balance the budget earlier than the ALP, Abbott again got away with the old - "there isn't an election in the offing so we don't have to tell you details" line.
Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est