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A successful leader most needs sound judgment. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott singularly lacks good judgment. His judgment of people is proving appalling; his instincts for reading political tea leaves seem non-existent. For a onetime Rhodes scholar, he seems a surprisingly slow learner.

On Sunday Abbott’s handpicked house speaker Bronwyn Bishop resigned after three weeks of raging controversy for hiring a helicopter to fly 75 km from Melbourne to Geelong for a party fundraising event, costing taxpayers 5,227 Australian dollars. She did not save much time counting the time to and from the airport, and she could have used public transport or a chauffeured government car.

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