Perhaps not all is lost, however:
For Australia there is one possible thought. Its greatest prime minister, Sir Robert Menzies, was, like Abbott, deposed by his own party (the same Liberal Party) after two years’ leadership. The second most successful, John Howard, was also deposed when leader of the opposition. In both cases they bided their time and eventually returned in triumph.
Abbott is a fighter — an outstanding amateur boxer with an unbroken nose. I hope that stands for something.