Resounding victory for PM: Abetz
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Government frontbencher Eric Abetz says the defeat of a spill motion in the Liberal Party was a “resounding victory” for Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Mr Abbott’s leadership remained in tact this morning, with the party voting 61-39 against the spill.
Senator Abetz said it was a “resounding victory” for the prime minister.
“That’s a 60 per cent vote – any government would love to enjoy a 60 per cent support base,” he told ABC Radio.
“It’s a substantial increase from where Tony Abbott found himself when he first became leader with just one vote.”
But Senator Abetz conceded the government had been “ham-fisted” in some of its policy announcements.
“With a vote of 39 in the party room, let’s not discount them, that indicates some dissatisfaction which we as a leadership team need to work on,” he said.
Senator Abetz, who is the government leader in the Senate, said Mr Abbott and Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop had pledged to change his style and some of his policies.
“They did recognise that we need to do things differently to bring the people of Australia with us and that is what we need to do now,” he said.
Bass MP Andrew Nikolic said the party had voted to give its leadership more time.
“We are now able to refocus on the people who elected us – on their needs rather than our own,” he said in a statement on Facebook.
“We are now able to refocus on the people who elected us – on their needs rather than our own.
“We have rejected the upheaval and disunity that characterised the last two Labor governments.
“Instead, we are now fully focused on jobs, families, fixing our economy, and ensuring the security of our nation.”
Mr Nikolic, who has repeatedly defended Mr Abbott in the past week, thanked the “thousands” of people who had emailed him to express their views.
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