In a dramatic shift, the leader of the Labor Party has agreed to a deal with the conservative radio personality Andrew Bolt, who is facing his own political death.
Mr Bolt’s final days are likely to be overshadowed by the Coalition’s second-term strategy and Mr Shorten’s efforts to convince voters that he is fit to lead the Labor party.
The move comes amid intense pressure from Labor’s left-leaning base and its leader on the former PM, who was widely viewed as unfit to lead Labor when he announced his decision to stand down after a seven-year term.
Mr Shortens final day is likely to focus on the Coalition election strategy and whether he is ready to lead his party into a new era of power.
Mr Turnbull has repeatedly insisted Mr Bolt was not fit to serve and Mr Bolt had no “legitimate” political purpose.
He said the Prime Minister was trying to distract from the Coalition Government’s failings and had no intention of stepping down.
“I’ve said it many times, I don’t see a point in putting Andrew Bolt out of his misery,” Mr Turnbull told the ABC.
Mr Bolt has repeatedly said he had no political purpose and that he was merely trying to help his audience and the nation understand the issues. “
This isn’t about politics, this is about the people of Australia’s future.”
Mr Bolt has repeatedly said he had no political purpose and that he was merely trying to help his audience and the nation understand the issues.
He also claimed the Coalition was trying “to distract from their own failings” and “to get out of the political doldrums”.
“They are trying to get out from under the shadow of Andrew Bolt,” he said.
The relationship between the Prime Minster and Mr Bolson spoke volumes about the future of the relationship.
Mr Bolton has made his reputation as a political commentator, often airing his opinions on topics ranging from terrorism and foreign policy to the cost of living in Melbourne.
Mr Abbott has tried to keep him out of politics.
But the two have had a close working relationship.