‘Assassin’s knife’: Abbott breaks silence

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Malcolm Turnbull defeats Tony Abbott in Liberal leadership spill to become prime minister
Nanjing Night Net

Send Malcolm Turnbull a message

What you think of our new PM

Thank you for being here.

This is not an easy day for many people in this building. Leadership changes are never easy for our country. My pledge today is to make thischange as easy as I can.

There will be no wrecking, no underminingand no sniping. I’ve never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.

Our country deservesbetter than that.

I want our government and our country to succeed. I always have and I always will. I’ve consistently said in opposition and in government that being the prime minister is not an end in itself; it’s about the people you serve. The great privilege that I have had is to see the wonder of this country like few others. And I want to thank the Australian people for giving me the honour to serve.

Yes, this is a tough day, but when you join the game, you accept the rules. I’ve held true to what I’ve believed and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the past two years.

Three-hundred thousandmore people are in jobs. Labor’s bad taxes are gone. We’ve signed free trade agreements with our largest trading partners, withJapan, with Korea and with China.

The biggest infrastructure program in our country’s history is under way. A spotlight is being shone into the dark and corrupt corners of the union movement and Labor’s party-union business model.

We’ve responded to the threatsof terror and we’ve deployed to the other side of the world to bring our loved ones home.

The boats have stopped and with the boats stopped, we’ve been better able to display our compassion to refugees. And despite hysterical and unprincipled opposition, we’ve made $50 billion of repairs tothe budget.

Of course, there’s much that I had still wanted to do. Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people. Getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe. I was the first prime minister to spend a week a year in remote Indigenous Australia and Ihope I’m not the last.

Then there’s the challenge of ice and domestic violenceyet to be addressed. Australia has a role to play in the struggles of the wider world: thecauldron of the Middle East; and security in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

I fear thatnone of this will be helped if the leadership instability that’s plagued other countries continues to taint us. But yes, I am proud of what the Abbott Government has achieved. We stayed focused despite the white-anting.

Of course, thegovernment wasn’t perfect. We have been a government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth. Few of us, after all, entirely measure up to expectations.

The nature of politics has changed in the past decade. We have more polls and more commentarythan ever before. Mostly sour, bitter, character assassination. Poll-driven panichas produced a revolving-door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country. And a febrile media culture hasdeveloped that rewards treachery.

And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to. Refuse to connive at dishonour byacting as the assassin’s knife.

There are many to thank for the privilege of being Prime Minister. First and foremost, Ithank my family for allowing me to be the absentee spouse and parent that politics entails. I thank Margie for her grace anddignity throughout my public life. I thank my party for the privilege of leading it. I thank the armed forces who are serving our country and defending our values, even as we speak.

I think my staff, who have been absolutely unceasing in their devotion to our party and our country, especially my chief of staff, who has been unfairly maligned by people who should’ve known better.

Finally, I thank my country for the privilege of service. It ishumbling to lose, but that does not compare to the honour ofbeing asked to lead.

In my maiden speech here in this Parliament, I quoted from the first Christian service ever preached here in Australia. The reverend Richard Johnson took as his text ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me?’

At this, myfinal statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service. My love for this country is as strong as everand may God bless this great Commonwealth.

Thank you.

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