With his Government in chaos over banning the burqa and a litany of other woes confronting him, unremittently unpopular Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in deep trouble, writes Bob Ellis.
Nor will she resign as readily as the nation might hope when her Leader asks her to.
She may take the view that she is accountable only to Parliament and hold her position, amid widening derision, until it sits.
Stupidity as stupid as this.
Is Abbott himself now in trouble? I think he is.
He spoke of ‘Team Australia’ yet allowed a ‘sin bin’ as ludicrous as this, and he may not be able to cancel it until Parliament overthrows his defiant, unfair, tyrannous and, some would say, ratbag Speaker.
His competence, always in question (Costello predicted he would be a disaster), is now shown to be, well, further in question. He dare not move his ministry round, so low is his support in Cabinet.
And he can’t get his Budget through.
And so it will go.