Rereading #NikiSavva’s excellent ‘Plots and Prayers’ @scribepub - gems everywhere including this Abbott quote via @cpyne from Pyne’s backbench days: ‘The DLP is alive and well, and living inside the Liberal Party.’ 😳 (Of course, it’s Pentecostals now...) #auspol 1/
More #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’ @scribepub. Dutton (Shorten-like) had measured up the Lodge drapes only to find himself well & truly suckered by those on a mission from god. #auspol 2/
More #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’. Morrison & Robert prayed together before the ldrship vote. Scott asked staff, ‘Text my family & ask them to pray for me.’ He had few Parl House friends outside his prayer group. Pyne was one & ‘would prove critical to his success.’ #auspol 3/
More #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’ @scribepub. Torn between awe & outrage, Abbott told @David_Speers, “Morrison parlayed his half-dozen votes into the prime ministership, manoeuvring to bring on the spill & to then harvest Turnbull votes to get the top job.” #auspol 4/
More #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’. Savva: ‘(They) had the added glue of religion - either Catholics, or Baptists, or, in the case of Morrison & Robert, Pentecostal - to bind them’. All but one of the 5-10 who met to pray on parliamentary Tuesdays voted Morrison. #auspol 5/
More #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’ @scribepub. Palpable frustration of @HonJulieBishop that @TurnbullMalcolm wouldn’t accept her long-held assessment of #MathiasCormann as ‘the ultimate seducer and betrayer’ comes through strongly. #auspol 6/
Final #NikiSavva ‘Plots and Prayers’ @scribepub. Savva cites long-serving Lib members & officials attributing growth of heavy-handed tactics & intolerance in the party to ‘concerted recruitment drives targeted at churches’. ‘They would turn up en masse in buses...’ #auspol 7/7

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