Originally published in The Canberra Times on February 1, 2014

Tony Abbott tore through Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd (again) but now, according to the polls, Bill Shorten is the most effective Opposition Leader in history.

Abbott’s Coalition is the least popular new government on record and they haven’t even passed a horror budget yet.

Incumbency used to be seen as a great political asset but, these days, it seems leading the opposition is easier than leading the country.

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