Prime Minister Declares Leadership Spill Paving The Way For A Vote

21 August, 2018, 13:24 | Author: Bertha Harmon
  • The numbers are against Australia's former prime minister Tony Abbott but he has history on his side

"I made a decision not because I had any animosity towards Malcolm Turnbull, I made a decision to contest this ballot because I want to make sure we can keep Bill Shorten from ever being Prime Minister of this country". "But if it's just other people talking on Peter Dutton's behalf, then they are cowards working behind the scenes".

Abbott deposed Turnbull as leader of the conservative Liberal Party in 2009 over differences in energy policy.

The longer Turnbull remains prime minister, the worse the government's opinion polling was likely to become, Economou said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the leadership of the government vacant on Tuesday, a spokesman said, setting up a challenge to his position after weeks of speculation and falling opinion poll numbers.

"I have invited him to continue in that office, but he has said to me, and we have had a good discussion about it in my office, he said to me that he doesn't feel he can remain in the cabinet having challenged me to the leadership of the party, and so he is resigning".

He thanked colleagues for their "considerable support" and encouragement in today's party room meeting.

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Nick Economou, a political analyst at Monash University in Melbourne, believes lawmakers are abandoning Turnbull because they fear he will lead them to a crushing defeat at elections due by May.

"Any of us in public life are absolutely determined to do the best thing we can by our country, and Bill Shorten would be a disastrous Prime Minister".

"That was not to be today and I understand and I respect the outcome and I fully support the prime minister and the cabinet".

The former police officer is a polarising figure for his hard line against asylum seekers, that includes sending refugee boats back and incarcerating asylum seekers, including children, in offshore detention camps.

"I have served on the frontbench for 14 years under four leaders of the Liberal Party with integrity and loyalty", he said.

"But with 35 votes against the prime minister following his clever ambush spill against himself today, mark my words, his death warrant has been signed and the scaffolding's been built, it's only now a matter of time".

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"We need to invest more in water to get farmers out of drought so they do not go through what they go through at the moment". We have now moved nearly 400 people off Manus Island and Nauru and that is a significant achievement.

"Cheaper power has always been our number one priority when it comes to energy policy", Mr Turnbull said.

When he was asked whether he would make another tilt for the leadership, Dutton wouldn't rule it out. "Labor's seen that, we've seen that", Mr. Frydenberg told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"I know what it takes to help win elections", she said.

"I'm certain he is telling the truth", he told the Nine Network.

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