Bitterly divided, but PM hangs on to fight again
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for the party room meeting at Parliament House. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENTony Abbott has survived an attempt to remove him as Prime Minister, with Liberal MPs rejecting a push by rebel MPs to oust him by 61 votes to 39.
The party room, which met in a special meeting on Monday at 9am, took just minutes to resolve a spill motion but the result was much closer than the 30 votes in favour that had been predicted ahead of the spill.
Mr Abbott remains Prime Minister but also faces a bitterly divided party room, with Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi lashing out atplotters trying to undermine Mr Abbott andcalling on Malcolm Turnbull to resign from cabinet.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the vote. Picture: ALEX ELLING HAUSEN
Newspoll results published by News Corp publications on Monday show Mr Abbott’s approval rating has plunged to minus 44, with just 24 per cent of voters satisfied with his performance, compared to 68 per cent who are dissatisfied.
Some64 per cent of the 1178 voters surveyed said they preferred Mr Turnbull to lead the Liberal Party compared to 25 per cent who said they preferred Mr Abbott.
It is also expected Mr Abbott could face a second push to remove him from office.
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