Is History Repeating Itself Already For Tony Abbott?

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I read with some distress that Bill Shorten has quickly slipped back into his old habits – as a faceless back-room operator – trying to engineer an outcome for his factional mates ("No Labor love lost: Shorten back and sides against Albanese", May 22).

As a Labor voter, we gave Shorten six years of party unity and discipline to help him become PM and he failed. He needs to do what failed leaders do and quietly fade into the background. The ALP needs to distance itself from the engineers of the policy platform that enabled the Coalition to launch one of the greatest scare campaigns in history. This means that Chris Bowen should also reflect on his future. It is a real shame that Tanya Plibersek and Jim Chalmers aren't running for the leadership, as it would have driven the generational change needed in Labor. -

Peter Prowse, Petersham

Shorten hasn't learnt his lesson. The person who led Labor to such a disastrous defeat at the federal election has no place in the picking of the next leader. -

Kim Woo, Mascot

Why doesn't the ALP look at history when choosing its leader? The last three times they have won government from opposition, they have had leaders with charisma or personality who have been popular. While the two known contenders might be very capable politicians, neither of them lights up the room when they enter. -

Alan Parkinson, Weetangera ACT

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