Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough stance against bailing out struggling industries has caused a rare public split inside his conservative government, which may suffer as a result of the divisive policy.
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor's announcement this week that it would stop manufacturing in Australia by 2017 has heightened concerns over political fallout from the hard line position, which the opposition Labor Party blames for thousands of job losses.
On one side, those lost manufacturing jobs have deepened the acrimony between the government and the powerful trade unions, who accuse Abbott of being more concerned with conservative fiscal orthodoxy than protecting Australian jobs.
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On the other, the concentration of decision making in the hands of a few key ministers has some feeling left out as Abbott embarks on structural changes that one insider compared in their breadth to those under then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
"Those very close to Abbott will say 'no, it's fantastic and it's cohesive and he's a consensus manager', but there are other very loud members in the background who are not as happy as any attempt to portray them," a person close to the government told Reuters on condition of anonymity in order to speak openly.