Protest vote exposes Abbott
A shock protest vote against Tony Abbott’s endorsement in his longheld seat of Warringah is being used by local branch members as a signal the former prime minister must make the next parliamentary term his last or risk being abandoned by the party.
The secret ballot conducted on Friday has not been released, despite calls for the result to be made public, but it is understood at least 27 of about 93 votes went against Mr Abbott. Some sources suggested there were as many of 38 votes against him. The former prime minister conceded a vote of 30 per cent against him.