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So, if elected in 2013, Abbott wants to hold a double dissolution election almost immediately afterwards so he can repeal the carbon tax.

That’s brilliant because:

(1) If elected, he’ll be forced to stick to that line given how much crap he gave Gillard about her election promise not to price carbon

(2) People hate going to elections twice unnecessarily

(3) A double dissolution election mathematically favours small parties like the Greens (since you need a smaller quota to get one of the final seats)

So, even if the double dissolution line marginally increases his chances of being elected in 2013, they more greatly increase his chances of either losing in 2014 or facing an even larger Green majority in the Senate. Whoops.

This is the sort of off-the-cuff commentary that gets Abbott into trouble.

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