COMMENT

In his concession speech, closing his divisive and accomplished political career, former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott observed the Liberals were doing better in working-class areas, and less well in wealthy seats.

Then, speaking to the profound impact of climate policy on the election, he said Liberals were in trouble when climate change is a moral issue, but they win when it's an economic issue.

In Queensland, voters were alarmed at the prospect of a ban on coal exports and job losses and turned their backs on Labor.

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Abbott's insight spoke to a seismic change in working-class voting patterns

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