After losing the prime ministership, Tony Abbott bunkered himself in the prime minister's office for three days and three nights without emerging.
|Illustration: John Shakespeare|
To Malcolm Turnbull and his team, increasingly frustrated as they tried to move into the prime ministerial suite and establish an executive government, it was evidence of a mad king who couldn't accept the reality of his downfall.
To Abbott, feeling himself the victim of base treachery, it was a deserved moment to console distraught staff, write references for them, and organise a dignified departure.
But how did he sustain himself? Loyalists supplied him with takeaway meals and spirits of solace.
Read the comment by Peter Hartcher in today’s Melbourne Age - “Bright sparks on energy leave Abbott in the dark.”