The vicious X-rated abuse unleashed on camera and behind the scenes of the revealing new ABC documentary series on the political backstabbing in the Coalition’s Canberra coups

Nemesis, an ABC documentary about the tumultuous 2013-2022 coalition government, is set to reopen some old wounds with the contestants’ views of each other – and Donald Trump – openly expressed in shockingly foul language.

The nine-year reign began with Tony Abbott as prime minister, before he was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal Party coup.

Mr Turnbull himself was then forced to step aside after being challenged by Peter Dutton, who in turn lost the follow-on vote to Scott Morrison.

Although two of the former Liberal leaders gave lengthy interviews, Mr Abbott and Peter Dutton refused to go on camera.

ABC said Mr. Abbott ‘politely’ turned them down, although he was less polite to Mr. to tell Turnbull. to ‘f*** off’, as the latter recalls.

Mr. Turnbull is also called a ‘t***’ during the show, while Mr. Morrison as ‘smug’ and an ‘arrogant ******’.

Scott Morrison (pictured) is branded 'smug' and an 'arrogant ******' in new ABC documentary

Scott Morrison (pictured) is branded ‘smug’ and an ‘arrogant ******’ in new ABC documentary

Mr Turnbull joked that Mr Abbott used the word ‘f***’ so often he was ‘a skilled orator when it comes to (the) use of it’.

There is also no love lost between him and his former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, who was forced to step aside when his affair with a staff member – who later became his wife – was revealed.

At an infamous press conference in February 2018, Mr Turnbull called Mr. Joyce snapped, saying: ‘Barnaby made a shocking error of judgment by having an affair with a young woman who works in his office….

“In doing so, he created a world of woe for those women and horrified us all.”

Six years on, Mr Joyce said it still “hurts” that his leader had said that about him, using what the ABC coyly described as “a four-letter word, linked to another four-letter word” to describe Mr Turnbull.

The insults keep coming, with a former coalition saying the government of Mr Morrison operated under ‘megalomania’.

But there are also some elements of regret about what happened when, with Mr Morrison saying Mr Turnbull ‘was a friend. Maybe we’ll be again one day.’

The program also has some compliments, although it can also come as a double-edged sword, as Mr Joyce describes his long-time cabinet colleague Christopher Pyne.

‘I find him incredibly entertaining and incredibly dangerous. Be very, very careful of Christopher Pyne.’

Mr Pyne said the Liberal Party’s leadership changes during their three terms in power had been ‘deeply traumatic and left severe scar tissue’.

“Friendships are broken … people tell each other lies.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) is called a 't***' during a new ABC documentary

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) is called a ‘t***’ during a new ABC documentary

Mr Turnbull joked that Tony Abbott (pictured) had used the word 'f***' so often that he was 'a skilled orator who comes to (the) use of it'.

Mr Turnbull joked that Tony Abbott (pictured) had used the word ‘f***’ so often that he was ‘a skilled orator who comes to (the) use of it’.

Despite that, some are still very keen to settle old scores and right what they see as wrongs, such as Victorian Liberal Michael Sukkar.

“There were a lot of panicked backbenchers who bought the idea that Malcolm Turnbull was the Messiah,” he says.

‘Malcolm Turnbull saw the prime ministership as fulfilling a preordained destiny that he had to fill some kind of gaping hole in his soul.

“And I suspect once he got there he realized that that gaping hole might not be filled by the premiership.”

It’s not just internal coalition battles that air in Nemesis, some international affairs do too, such as the call from an angry Donald Trump, when he was US president, to Mr Turnbull.

“Big bully billionaires, they all think they’re God’s gift to humanity,” Mr Turnbull said of his call from Mr Trump on a refugee swap deal with the US.

Malcolm Turnbull called Donald Trump (pictured) a 'big, bully billionaire' in new ABC series

Malcolm Turnbull called Donald Trump (pictured) a ‘big, bully billionaire’ in new ABC series

As well as Mr. Abbott and Mr. Dutton, former finance minister Mathias Cormann and former foreign minister Julie Bishop also refused to participate.

Ms Bishop was not alone among liberal women who were unwilling to go on the record, possibly for fear of repercussions.

“I think women are punished differently,” former cabinet minister Karen Andrews told the show.

“And maybe we need to get better at really fighting it, a lot more than we do.”

Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer said Mr. Morrison’s clumsy handling of women’s issues was a key factor in the Coalition’s loss to Labor in the 2022 federal election.

‘Women of all ages had no confidence in him. They were upset about the way all these issues around women (like) Brittany Higgins were handled,’ she said.

Former Coalition minister Karen Andrews (pictured centre) said 'I think women are punished differently'

Former Coalition minister Karen Andrews (pictured centre) said ‘I think women are punished differently’

“Overwhelmingly, people thought they no longer trusted him.”

However, Mr Morrison said ‘The documentary will … become a record of that period in which I had a huge involvement’.

‘It’s actually for history and I’m always happy to collaborate with those types of projects.’

The first episode of the ABC series Nemesis is broadcast on Monday at 20:00 on ABC TV and iview.