Australian prime minister ousted after party vote

Australian prime minister ousted after party vote

September 14, 2015   05:57 pm

Australia’s beleaguered prime minister has been ousted from his position by an internal government challenge, and the party’s former leader has been elected to replace him.

Tony Abbott lost a leadership ballot by members of his conservative party following the second challenge to his position this year.

The change in leadership comes as the two-year-old conservative coalition government struggles in opinion polls.

Liberal Party whip Scott Buchholz told reporters that lawmakers voted 54 to 44 to replace Mr Abbott with his chief rival, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The vote continues an extraordinarily volatile period in Australian politics. Mr Turnbull becomes Australia’s fourth prime minister in just over two years.

Mr Turnbull and foreign minister Julie Bishop met with Mr Abbott earlier today to request a leadership ballot. Mr Turnbull led the party in opposition from 2008-2009 before being deposed by Mr Abbott.
Mr Abbott had dismissed leadership speculation just hours earlier.

“I just am not going to get caught up in Canberra gossip, I’m not going to play Canberra games,” he said. “I know that sometimes the media particularly like to play the Canberra game, but I’m not going to get involved with it.

“I’m just not going to chase all of these rabbits down all of the burrows that you are inviting me to go down, I’m just not going to play the Canberra games.”

At a press conference at 4pm local time (7am Irish time) Mr Turnbull outlined how it has come to this. (Irish Times)

Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or slanderous. Please avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment and avoid typing all capitalized comments. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by flagging them(mouse over a comment and click the flag icon on the right side). Do use these forums to voice your opinions and create healthy discourse.

Most Viewed Video Stories

LIVE🔴Ada Derana Lunch Time News Bulletin 12.00 pm

LIVE🔴Ada Derana Lunch Time News Bulletin 12.00 pm

Medical aid worth over LKR 2 billion from China reaches Colombo (English)

CEB to issue paperless bills, receipts from Jan 2023 (English)

NEWS IN BRIEF - 2022.12.07

Power Minister trying to increase electricity tariffs by scaring people - PUCSL chief (English)

Sri Lanka scraps COVID vaccination, negative test requirement on overseas arrivals (English)

Island-wide program from Jan. to save schoolchildren from 'Ice' addiction

Govt should compensate Mudalige over arbitrary arrest - Fr. Jeewantha Peiris