The Labour Party was riven by coups and dissatisfaction and presided over a declining economy. Rudd was removed as Prime Minister by his deputy Julia Gillard who in turn was replaced by Rudd in a coup just before the election when omens looked disastrous for Labour and back-benchers tried to save their skins-to little avail as it happened.
Abbott is young, a social conservative, against same-sex marriage, a family man and a strong Christian. There are positive signs in his election for Americans who also hold these views and especially for Sarah Palin or a Palin-ite in 2016.
Here's noted conservative Tim Stanley:
@MJosephSheppard Hmmmm, it does offer the hope of a trend - Harper in Canada, Abbott in Australia
If the Obama administration continues on its seemingly arrogant and potentially disastrous course in foreign affairs and the economy doesn't improve from its current miserable situation of a terrible employment participation rate then the stage could be set for a similar result in 2016-a huge rejection of the leftist agenda currently in place. Not only would there be a rejection of the social engineering that has been imposed in the last 5 years but a revolt against an arrogant administration and its failed economic policies.
It may well have been that heartland America had to endure 8 years of leftism to get the massive swing back to traditional American values and standards. If the Abbott government does well his election could prove very valuable in 2016 as something to point to as an example of social conservatism in action.
I dialogued (reproduced below) some of these points with Adam Brickley (who gained fame as the person credited by many for having Governor Palin be chosen as VP candidate LINK). We share a concern that the GOP Establishment would not go down without a fight-even to the extent of undermining a conservative candidate. However i think that even that could be overcome witness Reagan having to beat both Carter and a strong Independent Republican and doing so in a landslide. When the wheel of history is ready to turn nothing can stop it and Abbott's win may be the first turn of the wheel