UPDATE: A leadership spill has been called for. Better late than never.
Tony Abbott wants us to believe he's listening but then, today, comes out with this, in regards to the nation's healthcare...
"We want to see appropriate price signals in the system,..."
It's a friggin health system! How do you send a price signal to sick people? What is the price supposed to signal? "Go away, you can't afford to be sick!"?
As much as Mr Abbott might wish otherwise, this is not America.
The Medicare co-payment, thrown into the political conversation in the 2014 May budget following election promises that Medicare would not be messed with, is possibly the single-biggest reason average Australians who voted Labor out of office are running away from the Abbott-led government in droves.
He may be listening, but he isn't hearing.
Mr Abbott today demonstrated how his new "I'm listening" approach will work. He attended a press conference to discuss calls for a leadership spill and, after stating his case in possibly the shortest media conference in history, he walked out of the room, taking no questions at all from the people present. No surprises there really. I doubt anyone expected any genuine change. #ThingsLongerThanAbbottsPressConference
ANOTHER UPDATE: Mr Abbott held another press "conference" today, after making a captain's call (Malcolm Turnbull's description) to bring forward the spill motion, by one day. As before, the "conference" was short - shorter than before I'd estimate - and again, no questions were answered. This conference, like the previous one, was evidence that following last week's announcement that the leader would change his ways, he remains neither collegiate nor consultative and demonstrates his continued refusal to listen or learn.