Ousted Australian PM Turnbull quits politics

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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted last week, has formally tendered his resignation from federal parliament, The Australian reported today.

The country’s 29th prime minister, who served as the Liberal member for the Sydney seat of Wentworth for 14 years, handed in his resignation letter to Speaker of the House Tony Smith this afternoon.

New Premier Scott Morrison said he was disappointed his “dear and close friend” Mr. Turnbull was leaving public life but he deserved to “refresh and reset”.

Turnbull’s departure comes after he was forced to hold a Liberal partyroom meeting last Friday and a majority of his colleagues voted to spill his leadership position.

Mr Morrison defeated Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop to become Prime Minister.

Speaker Smith will consult with party leaders and the Australian Electoral Commission before deciding on a date for a Wentworth by-election.

In his final letter to his constituents this week, Mr Turnbull said the shocking and shameful events leading to his toppling equated to a pointless week of madness that disgraced parliament and appalled nation.

“As you know, I have always said that the best place for former PMs is out of the Parliament, and recent events amply demonstrate why,” Mr. Turnbull wrote, in a parting shot at his predecessor Tony Abbott.

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  • Dhammika Friday, 31 August 2018 03:46 PM

    In Sri Lanka we dont have that calibre of POLITICIANS . SAD . ONLY defeat or DEATH will quit them from politics .

    Return Friday, 31 August 2018 04:08 PM

    No - Defeated politician will return back (Eg : MR)

    Live Friday, 31 August 2018 04:12 PM

    That we call "Live time Achivement"

    Expatriate Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:55 AM

    Stupid Sri Lankan comments. In the Western world the ex-leaders become millionaires within one year of leaving politics.They have book deals,lecture tours,and non-executive directorships. Otherwise do you think these white fellows would easily hand over power and appear to be happy. Sri Lankan culture has not liberated itself from 400 year white occupation by a master race over inferior brown race that still wants the master back.

    Pradeep Saturday, 01 September 2018 06:19 AM

    Ape ewun Dum Gahalath Elwanda bey. Merunath Aapahu ewith Holman Natanawa.

    Lalith Saturday, 01 September 2018 10:35 AM

    You can not compare the Australian political incidents. Most of you are commenting without knowing reality. For the leadership in both major parties (Liberal and Labour) in Australia, there were continuing infighting among major factions within each party. It is very ugly fight. Here polities is not different to the Sri Lankan politics.when come to ugliness.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 01 September 2018 11:22 AM

    Dear Expatriate. The difference between Sri Lankan and Western politicians is that Western politicians mostly have brains while Sri Lankan politicians do not. Every politician can earn money with his brain after his resignation.

    dla Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:12 PM

    then RW should left the county long time a back to match the proportional

    DPerera Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:17 PM

    Oz politicos don't make money from being politicians. Turnbull was the richest PM in Australian history and he was super rich before joining politics.

    Shunmugam Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:29 PM

    Lord Idiot, you are a LTTE loving Christian convert with Zero knowledge of the West. Just shut up.

    Unchikun Friday, 31 August 2018 04:02 PM

    Sri Lankan patriotic politicians from the south, please take not. Also our beloved Ranil.

    Dee Friday, 31 August 2018 04:49 PM

    Highest respect for this person.

    L.B.RAJAGIRIYA Friday, 31 August 2018 05:08 PM

    AIYO ! WHY HE DID NOT CONSULT OUR POLITIKKOS.THEY NEVER RETIRE EVEN AFTER THROWN OUT .

    Oxford Friday, 31 August 2018 05:45 PM

    We salute this gentleman. A well educated Oxford graduate.

    Ceylonese Friday, 31 August 2018 06:08 PM

    The Liberal Government of Scott Morrison who have only a one seat majority over Labour could lose power before the end of the year if they fail to win the by-election for the seat of Wentworth vacated by former PM Turnbull.

    Jaliya Friday, 31 August 2018 06:35 PM

    This is an example of a true Public Life .. sri lankan tropical leeches in politics can learn what is norms in a democratic system.

    Pp Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:41 AM

    You need to follow the full story to understand how civilized it is. Politicians around the world are same. He is quitting to make things complicated. Search for the name 'Dutton' to understand part of the story.

    Upul Friday, 31 August 2018 08:57 PM

    This is a very good example of matured and intelligent way of doing politics. SL politicians please note, how educated politicians in other countries respect the peoples decision and leave without hanging on like leaches.

    Jans Friday, 31 August 2018 09:09 PM

    AUSTRALIAN PM AND SOCEITY IS CIVILIZED ALL CITIZENS TIGHTENED BY LAW AND ENJOYING FREEDOM INTO CERTAIN LIMITS OUR COUNTRY POLITICIANS ENTIRELY SABOTAGE ECONOMY TOTALLY AND NOW WE ARE IN MASSIVE DEBT

    Banda Saturday, 01 September 2018 03:00 AM

    You idiot,read how the whites became owners of Australia which is thousands of miles from Europe.

    neil alvis Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:07 AM

    the hypocritical multicultural country - the most mismanaged OECD country both politicallly and economically and the most unstable country - the ausssie dollar will hit a low soon. like our sri lankan bums these aussie bums make a mess. the term lucky country was coined because even if idiots run the country it will be rich as it has natural resources.

    Ghost Saturday, 01 September 2018 08:09 AM

    Mahinda, ahunada?


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