Ab­bott draws praise amid con­cern over unity

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.”

Mal­colm Turnbull.

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