Time will tell for Abbott
|16/11/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
TONY Abbott survived a motion to oust him as Prime Minister, but few would be under any illusion he is there to stay for the long term.
Almost 40per cent of his MPs voted to have the leadership put to a vote; whether the backbenchers are satisfied by the PM’s commitment to doing better and wider consultation with them remains to be seen.
But it is not only internal dissatisfaction that Mr Abbott is wrestling with; a poor performance in the opinion polls means he has lost favour with the voters, and he continues to battle with the Senate crossbenchers to put his policies into practice.
Health Minister Sussan Ley was leading frontbench support of Mr Abbott when she described the mood of members leaving yesterday’s Liberal Party meeting as positive, forward-looking and enthusiastic, but whether that intent is widely held will be determined in the weeks to come, perhaps as early as today’s party room meeting.
Reflecting her leader’s pledge to further consultation, Ms Ley has travelled across Australia in recent weeks, gathering feedback from doctors and patients for the government’s intention to put a price-signal on Medicare, the “co-payment” cited in the last budget.
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