Ab­bott gets heat for stok­ing up dis­cord

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

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.

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