Abbott gets heat for stoking up discord
SENIOR frontbencher Mathias Cormann has called out Tony Abbott for pushing his alternative conservative agenda, marking a week of bitter infighting within the Liberal Party.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warned this “intolerable” row between Mr Abbott and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was doing Australia harm.
Senator Cormann, a leading conservative and Finance Minister, said Mr Abbott was advocating for things that weren’t consistent with what he did when prime minister.
“If the proposition is the Government now is supposedly more left wing than he would like, that would have applied equally to his government,” Senator Cormann told Sky News yesterday. “I don’t think these are useful observations.”
Mr Abbott made several media appearances and speeches last week leading into the first anniversary of last year’s narrow federal election win, airing his alternative views on budget spending, immigration, education, climate change and national security.
Senator Cormann said there were party room processes where people could air their views if they varied from what the Government was putting forward.