Protest vote ex­poses Ab­bott

The Australian - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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