Tony Abbott declares war on Scott Morrison

Tony Abbott declares war on Scott Morrison, by Andrew Bolt.

Four Turnbull ministers, especially Scott Morrison, mocked and rubbished Tony Abbott for saying our incredible immigration rate was too high, even though Morrison himself once agreed.

They’ve stupidly turned a vital debate — one the public clearly wants — into a dishonest get-square, and goaded Abbott into war. Talk about an own goal …

With responses like that from those four ministers — misleading, irrelevant, hostile and plain false — no wonder Abbott is furious.

Voters should be, too. Ministers seem more concerned with destroying Abbott than protecting Australia.

And then there’s the hypocrisy. Scott Morrison in fact once agreed with Abbott that immigration was too high and causing severe strains. …

Does this rate of population increase — about triple that of Britain, quadruple that of France and nearly double that of the US — seem remotely rational?

I know more about winning elections than anyone, by Tony Abbott.

Tony Abbott

One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there. …

It is an undoubted fact that real wages are growing more slowly now and that housing is less affordable than at any time in recent decades. It is a further undoubted fact that getting around our major cities is becoming more difficult because infrastructure has not kept up with population growth.

Immigration is certainly not the only contributor but, at double the rate this decade than last, it is most assuredly one of them. …

You’d think a government that’s lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game. You’d think a government that has too few ­policy differences with Labor might consider a change of ­emphasis that would make clearer the choice of who’s really on the voters’ side. But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.

Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann said I was wrong to criticise the experts. Actually, experts provide advice but it’s government’s job to make decisions. If government were required to take public-service advice, there’d be no point bothering with elections. One of this government’s failings is that it too often takes advice from the “experts” who got us into difficulties in the first place.