Ab­bott claims duty to speak

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

TONY Ab­bott says he has a duty to speak out and the Lib­eral Party will only be able to re­tain gov­ern­ment with a twopronged strat­egy of tack­ling ris­ing power prices and end­ing the power of fac­tions within its ranks. The former prime min­is­ter has re­turned from a hol­i­day in Croa­tia be­fore a spe­cial Lib­eral con­ven­tion in Syd­ney this week­end to over­haul party rules on can­di­date se­lec­tion and en­sure greater in­ter­nal democ­racy.

The con­ven­tion comes amid ten­sion be­tween Mr Ab­bott and Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull – who hail from con­ser­va­tive and mod­er­ate wings of the party – which in­com­ing Lib­eral pres­i­dent Nick Greiner says needs re­solv­ing if the Coali­tion is to hold on to power.

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