Australian politics and the psychology of revenge

It's hard to read the recent felling of Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as anything other than an act of revenge by Mr Tony Abbott and his closest supporters.

This is indeed the judgment of former foreign minister and opposition leader Alexander Downer and former Liberal Party treasurer Michael Yabsley, as revealed in ABC's Four Corners. This judgment fits with everything we know about the humiliation and embitterment Mr Abbott and his conservative allies felt after Mr Turnbull toppled Mr Abbott in a leadership tussle in 2015.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Australian politics and the psychology of revenge'. Subscribe