Turnbull Defeats Abbott in Liberal Leadership Challenge

Malcolm Turnbull has been successful in the Liberal party leadership challenge this evening with Julie Bishop being reelected deputy leader. Despite various MP’s endorsements, the 54 to 44 vote sealed Tony Abbott’s fate. One of Turnbull’s reasons for the ballot was that apparently enough people had “made up their minds up about Mr. Abbott’s leadership”.

The results of the leadership spill seem to corroborate this theory.

Jakob Barrett

Liberal Leadership Challenge Update

Sky news is reporting that Joe Hockey, Scott Morrison, Kevin Andrew, Peter Dutton, Josh Frydenberg and Eric Abetz have declared support for Prime Minister Abbott. Julie Bishop will apparently side with Malcolm Turnbull. Christopher Pyne and George Brandis are yet indicate who they will support.

The vote is reportedly set for 9.15 pm AEST.

Liberal Leadership Challenge

After months of poor polling and internal conflict, a challenge has been issued to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Liberal’s ex-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had enough.  He announced in the news today that he will be challenging Tony Abbott for the position of Prime Minister with a leadership ballot. Turnbull stated in a media conference “It is not the fault of individual ministers. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs. He has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.”

Turnbull said that the government needs a new style of leadership that respects the voters’ intelligence, examined complex issues, set a course of action and justifies it. The government needs advocacy, not slogans. He went on to say, “If we continue with Mr. Abbott as Prime minister, it is clear enough what will happen. He will cease to be Prime Minister and Mr. Shorten will succeed him.”

The leadership vote is set to happen shortly.

Jakob Barrett