There's been a big deal made out of Tony Abbott's reply to a question on why he wouldn't visit Australian troops in Afghanistan on a tour with Gillard. His reason has been lambasted and trumpeted as a "weak excuse" by all the MSM outlets.
Now we find out why he made such a lame excuse - and the whole reason had to make an excuse is that Gillard put him on the spot by publicising that she'd offered for him to travel with her when she would have been wholly aware of his plans to travel to Afghanistan on his way home from his UK trip.
The lame excuse given by Abbott just shows very well that the man is not an accomplished liar. He was uncomfortable with the question, he surely didn't expect it and it threw him.