Abbott draws praise amid concern over unity
LIBERAL politicians in the Mt Druitt and St Marys area have come forward to show their support for Tony Abbott following the leadership spill on Monday night.
Malcolm Turnbull emerged from the Liberal party room on Monday night at 9.45pm following the secret ballot in which he emerged victorious over Tony Abbot with marginal 54 votes to 44.
Blacktown Liberal councillor Isabelle White, who ran against Labor in the last federal election, said she had a great deal of respect for Malcolm Turnbull but would have liked to see Tony Abbott stay on.
“I don’t think the Australian public will be happy. The people want a stable and united team – we shouldn’t be treating our leaders as disposable,” Mrs White said.
Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott said: “Tony is a very decent person, a passionate, humble and honourable man. I am still so optimistic about the future of our country and in particular our region. I am confident Malcolm Turnbull will continue in the work to inspire our nation in realising our great and dynamic future.”
However, Mt Druitt Chamber of Commerce president Reg Murray said the leadership spill had made the country look juvenile on the global stage.
“Having five prime ministers in five years has made Australia look stupid,” he said. “Our leaders need to look after our people, not fight among themselves.”
The Standard’s Facebook page readers have been less diplomatic on social media.
Joshua Douglas said: “Replacing an idiot with another idiot – great move.”
Donna Nelson agreed, saying: “What a laughing stock Australia has become.”