Disunity continues to bubble: Illawarra MPs
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
File pcitureAbbott survived Monday’s attempt to oust him from the Liberal Party leadership with a vote of 61-39, but Illawarra Labor MPs say the government’s disunity is far from over.
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 faces a divided party, with Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi lashing out at plotters trying to undermine Mr Abbott and calling on Malcolm Turnbull to resign from cabinet.
However, Mr Abbott said the leadership matter had been settled after the spill motion’s defeat.
‘‘The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion and now this matter is behind us,’’ he said. ‘‘We want to end the disunity and the uncertainty which destroyed two Labor governments and give you the good government that you deserve. When you elect a government, when you elect a prime minister, you deserve to keep that government and that prime minister until you have a chance to change your mind.’’
Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis echoed her leader’s statement on Monday afternoon, playing down any split in the party despite the divided vote.
‘‘If we got that result out in the general polls we would be absolutely popping all the champagne corks,’’ she said.
‘‘The majority is what’s needed and that’s what happened.
‘‘I think that there was enough said [in the party room] to indicate that there will be discussions and change instituted, and that’s a good thing.’’
But, when asked what changes would occur – and whether she had supported the Prime Minister – she said she would ‘‘not discuss what happens in the party room’’.
Meantime, the Illawarra’s Labor MPs Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones seemed bemused by the government’s woes as the year’s first sitting of Parliament began.
‘‘It’s certainly not the way we expected to be starting the year,’’ Mr Jones said. ‘‘It’s hardly a ringing endorsement of the Prime Minister, with two-thirds of his backbench basically saying they think the government is heading in the wrong direction.’’
While Mr Abbott’s win is no doubt a boon for Labor, given his vast unpopularity in the polls, Mr Jones maintained it didn’t matter who was leader of the Liberal Party.
‘‘Our view is that it doesn’t matter if it’s Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison, Julie Bishop or Turnbull – it’s the policies we’re campaigning against and they mark the difference between the parties,’’ Mr Jones said.
Ms Bird said the Liberals were ‘‘not addressing the underlying issues’’.
‘‘The reason they’re in so much trouble now, and why Abbott’s leadership is under pressure is because they fundamentally had a budget that failed to be accepted by the Australian people,’’ she said.
The outcome of Monday’s spill vote is expected to affect voting intentions in the upcoming NSW election, but University of Wollongong politics expert Anthony Ashbolt believes it won’t be enough to change representation in the Illawarra or oust the Baird government.
“The turmoil surrounding the Liberal Party leadership federally will continue and will definitely have an impact on the state election,” he said after Monday’s leadership vote.
“Not enough of an impact for Labor to emerge victorious, as looks like happening in Queensland, but nonetheless it will have an effect on the more marginal seats.
“There’s a sense that the effect of federal politics is unusually strong for this state election [because] Abbott is from NSW and he is incredibly unpopular.”
Dr Ashbolt said he was “speaking from a position of relative ignorance” in judging the intricacies of state politics. But he believed there’d be little change in the five Illawarra seats, other than maybe Kiama – “but then again, the demographics are changing rapidly in that area”.
“I would imagine there would be a swing against the Liberals in Wollongong and I think Keira will end up being safe Labor again,” he said.
He believed Anna Watson would hang on to Shellharbour for Labor, and predicted a small swing against the Liberals in Lee Evans’ Heathcote
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