Australian Politics


Newspoll: Abbottalypse Now

Here it is in black and white from Newspoll: That’s all three major polling houses now recording two-party preferred results of 57-43 to Labor. PM Abbott has now sunk to an astonishing 18 points behind Labor’s Kingslayer as preferred prime minister. In terms of Liberal Party leadership, nobody wants Abbott, with the PM now a


Tony and Julie join forces, not

From the PM Abbott: As you know, two of my colleagues have called for a leadership spill of the two senior positions in our party. They’ve called for a spill of my position as leader and they’ve called for a spill of Julie Bishop’s position as deputy. “The first point to make is that they


Spill spills

Breaking from the ABC: West Australian Liberal MP Luke Simpkins has emailed party room colleagues to announce he will move a spill motion against the Prime Minister. It will be seconded by MP Don Randall, with a third WA Liberal, Dennis Jensen, saying he will support the motion. The ABC has been told the MPs


More MPs turn on Tony

From the AFR: Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone said the issue needed to be confronted. “The public’s giving me loud and clear messages, they do want to see a change,” she told the ABC. …Amid speculation that, later on Friday, a significant person is going to demand publicly there be a spill when parliament resumes next


Is it time to pull a Kevin, Malcolm?

The leadership saga rolls on, from Fairfax: Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull directly confronted Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a crunch meeting about the government’s woes before Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. …The Communications Minister, however, pressed the Prime Minister on how the government would extricate itself from its current leadership woes. …Mr Turnbull is said to have


Nationals protect Dead Duck with split threat

Dearie me, these guys know how to pick a loser! From The Australian: NATIONALS Leader Warren Truss has declared that the Coalition agreement is between Tony Abbott and himself and a change of leader would require it to be renegotiated. …Nationals have privately indicated they would have trouble working with Malcolm Turnbull if he regained


Malcolm rises

From the AFR, the politically astute Arthur Sinodinos has refused to endorse Tony Abbott: “Comrade, come and ask me next week,’’ Senator Sinodinos said at the end of an explosive interview on Sky News on Wednesday . …In what some regarded as a tacit endorsement of Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Sinodinos counselled that if there were


Backbenchers call for Dead Duck to resign

From SBS: The Western Australian MP has said that Tony Abbott should step down and the leadership spilled. SBS has sought comment. Mr Jensen told Fairfax Media that Mr Abbott was a “great wartime leader but not a great peace time leader”. “I thought it was time to strike to start things moving,” he said.


Bishop squibs it

From the AFR, Julia Bishop has squibbed it: Ms Bishop has told The Australian Financial Review she relayed the message during Tuesday’s meeting, the first part of a two-day cabinet marathon to discuss grievances and plan for the year ahead. “I’m not ringing the backbench asking for support, I have not counted any numbers, I


Julia Bishop set to challenge Dead Duck?

From Peter van Onselen: Rifles rising…And now from The Australian: TONY Abbott won’t deny that Julie Bishop refused to safeguard his leadership during a tense private meeting in which the Prime Minister demanded her loyalty. Mr Abbott, confronted with the Sky News report this morning, gave an evasive interview in which he refused to address


Abbott’s Press Club speech misses

By Leith van Onselen Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, delivered his much anticipated speech to the National Press Club today, which quite frankly underwhelmed. The speech began with a procession of slogans, many of which were repeated multiple times. Examples of such language included: “Strengthen economy and protect the nation” “Sound economic management is in our


Dead Duck to drag PPL into the grave

By Leith van Onselen Another casualty from the Queensland election debacle appears to be Tony Abbott’s signature paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, which according to Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, will be dumped by Mr Abbott at today’s speech to the National Press Club: [PPL] will be replaced with a revamped families package. “There will be


How to save the Coalition

By Leith van Onselen With the Victorian and Queensland Coalition Governments obliterated, and Tony Abbott facing an imminent leadership challenge, the odds that the Federal Government will become one terms wonders are increasing by the day. As argued by The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor over the weekend: [Tony Abbott]…has squandered the electorate’s trust, with broken promises


Stuck with Dead Duck another six months

From the AFR: Tony Abbott has until the second half of this year to turn around the government’s fortunes or risk losing his job, his colleagues say. Under a contingency plan being actively discussed within senior ranks of the Coalition, ministers and ­backbenchers are willing Mr Abbott to succeed. If not he faces being replaced, possibly


QLD revolution to behead Comrade Campbell?

From Crikey’s Pollbludger: With just two days to go to the election, Queensland politics appears to be headed into uncharted waters, with Premier Campbell Newman’s grand gamble on his precarious inner-north Brisbane seat of Ashgrove looking increasingly like a busted flush. If a poll conducted the night before last by ReachTEL for the Seven Network


Lib condemns “latte-sipping, keyboard warriors”

I guess that means me and you lot. At least they’re reading you. Though, for future reference, I hate coffee. The same genius, NSW Nationals MP Michael McCormack, reckons that Dead Duck “should visit a country pub to get an “honest appraisal” of how the government can improve.” I’m not sure he’d come out again. Every die-hard Lib that


Liberals rally to Credlin

From The Australian: SENIOR Liberals are publicly vowing support for Tony Abbott’s chief-of-staff, Peta Credlin, cautioning the government’s supporters against further “extravagant” and “unhelpful” accusations against the top aide. The Ministers for Finance, Health, Education and Immigration have all rejected suggestions that Ms Credlin resign as a sacrificial offering to atone for political misjudgments emanating


Polls quack for Dead Duck Tony

A couple of polls late yesterday painted a bleak picture for Dead Duck Tony: And from Roy Morgan: ALP support rose to 56.5% (up 2%) on Australia Day weekend, well ahead of the L-NP 43.5% (down 2%) on a two-party preferred basis.  If a Federal Election were held now the ALP would win easily according