Tony Abbott’s problem neighbour

Neighbour issues … Tony Abbott.It’s not very neighbourly but an ‘‘Anyone But Abbott’’ campaign to run a candidate against the opposition leader has been started by a man who lives in the same street.
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Bruce Butler, who works for the Commonwealth Bank, said he approached friends to start up a website and search for a suitable local candidate to run in Warringah.

The group felt that people wanted to give the Liberals a crack at government ‘‘but no one wants to give Tony Abbott a crack at it’’. In this situation ‘‘the only option we have is to try to unseat Tony Abbott’’. It’s a token gesture: the opposition leader had a comfortable 59 per cent of the primary vote in the 2010 election.

The Fairfax/Nielsen poll this week found Mr Abbott is equally unpopular as Julia Gillard. The approval of each is 39 per cent; their disapproval is 57 per cent. Ms Gillard led Mr Abbott as preferred PM for the first time since February — 46-45 per cent.

Asked whether he was concerned Ms Gillard  was becoming more popular at his expense, Mr Abbott told reporters yesterday he looked ‘‘at the field evidence’’, which showed people did not trust Ms Gillard and did not like the carbon tax. ‘‘If you want to look at a poll,  look at the Northern Territory poll’’.

Mr Butler said he had never been a member of any party. He and his associates were talking to a couple of potential candidates, but they ‘‘have to think about the time element and opening yourself to the brutal savagery’’ that was involved in running.

He was not saying who should be leader but either Malcolm Turnbull or Joe Hockey would be fine. Mr Abbott lacked leadership skills. ‘‘Leadership is about inspiration and motivation. Most of the time, when Tony Abbott speaks, people stop listening.’’

He said that while he and Mr Abbott both live in the same street in the Sydney suburb of Forestville, just outside the Warringah electorate, he did not know him personally.

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