I work with an Australian who comments on the politics there quite a bit. I think he just went to vote at the embassy in Tokyo yesterday. His says in some ways it's all a bit academic, because Australia is in pretty good shape, at least financially.
Yes Tony Abbott, butt of endless jokes, and not for lack of trying. I am not sure how someone with his lack of people skills among other things ever got to be head of a major political party.
Here is the weirdest clip I have seen. Tony Abbott is asked about a comment he made sometime earlier to a soldier that people found insensitive. He says he was taken out of context, and for the rest of the interview he just stands there! Why doesn't he say "you've heard my answer" and go?! Weird stuff.