Australia will get its fifth prime minister in eight years after the ruling Liberal Party today voted out Tony Abbott in favor of longtime rival Malcolm Turnbull following months of speculation and crumbling support from voters.
Turnbull, a multi-millionaire former banker and tech entrepreneur, won a secret party room vote by 54 to 44, Liberal Party whip Scott Buchholz told reporters after the meeting in Canberra.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was elected deputy leader of the party which, with junior coalition partner the National Party, won a landslide election in 2013.
Since then, the popularity of the government and Abbott in particular has suffered from a series of perceived policy missteps, destabilizing infighting and leaks. The opposition Labor Party has consistently led opinion polls, while Turnbull has been consistently viewed as preferred prime minister. (Reuters)
Comments - 16
Suny J fm Melbourne Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:07 AM
5 Prime Ministers in 5 years
BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:08 AM
This is the year of the downfall of leaders who practice arrogance.
JTA Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:08 AM
What are your sources to quote he was considered the worst ever? Was it your independent opinion?
kumaran Monday, 14 September 2015 10:13 PM
The "boat owners" will get going after they recover from their celebrations. Sri Lanka navy should just turn a blind eye.
Mel Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:51 AM
Still the best country in the world by far. True democracy.
simon Tuesday, 15 September 2015 03:31 AM
It is a two way street and good example for SL too
Perera Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:08 AM
You are out of mark. He did the right thing by the Australian people.
gobbaya Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:33 AM
lets not forget how tony abbot back stabbed julie bishop in the first place....so what goes around comes around...... via DM Android App
Grace Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:59 PM
the BULL had TURN against TONY and now he is a PONY..
Maya Monday, 14 September 2015 06:21 PM
Typical English man Tony, acted, immorally both locally and internationally and on so many matters and ruined the image of Australia. He thought he acted intelligently on refugee affairs but became unpopular with that.
Cheers Monday, 14 September 2015 06:37 PM
Tony Abott great leader with a backbone and principals and stopped the boats. His own party blood thirsty colleagues back stabbed
The God Father Tuesday, 15 September 2015 01:55 PM
This shows Real democracy, Tony doesnt look or talk like a gentleman but an ideal guy for a back bencher, the new guy looks like a leader, but nothing compares to our present PM.
Ceylonese Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:21 AM
Tony Abbott was a fake and told a multitude of lies and broken promises to get elected at the last elections and as a result was very unpopular with the voters. He was always behind in the news polls on 30 consecutive occasions and it was time for him to go. Only yesterday in parliament he called himself as the best Prime Minister of Australia but according to a survey taken recently was considered the worst ever.
dev Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:28 AM
Mr.Abott is a great leader with having a far sighted vision, because he managed the refugee matters well. Unfortunately Austrailians lost him.
edward_theophilus Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:39 AM
It is really regret saying that Mr Abott acted immoraly. He is a good Catholic faith.
Sapu Monday, 14 September 2015 09:15 PM
You are a blind MR supporter and a Abbott supporter?
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