CHRIS UHLMANN: On a personal level, were you expecting to see some signs of a turnaround in the polls by now?
TONY ABBOTT: I think it would be fair to say that you always tend to expect that good government will get a political pay-off, and so far that isn’t happening. But I remain reasonably optimistic.
I mean obviously Chris, the public have a right to vote for whomsoever they wish, and they have a right – if they wish – to replace a good government with an inept Opposition. I mean, they have that right.
But nevertheless I guess I have always been pretty confident in the basic good sense of the Australian people. So we’ll just keep going forward up to the election and hopefully beyond and see what happens.
(AM, 16 July 2007. My emphasis.)