Turn­bull urged to quit af­ter ‘Brex­it­ing’ him­self

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AUS­TRALIA’S op­po­si­tion La­bor Party urged Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull to re­sign yes­ter­day, call­ing him the “David Cameron of the south­ern hemi­sphere” af­ter he failed to se­cure an em­phatic elec­tion vic­tory.

Mil­lion­aire for­mer banker Turn­bull took the coun­try to the ballot boxes on July 2, but his Lib­eral/Na­tional Party coali­tion has so far failed to win enough seats to form govern­ment.

La­bor leader Bill Shorten, whose party ap­pears to have gained seats in the 150-mem­ber par­lia­ment but also fallen short of the 76 needed to gov­ern, said Mr Turn­bull had to go.

“This is far­ci­cal. Mr Turn­bull clearly doesn’t know what he is do­ing. Quite frankly, I think he should quit,” Mr Shorten said.

“He has taken this na­tion to an elec­tion on the ba­sis of sta­bil­ity; he has de­liv­ered in­sta­bil­ity.”

He said Mr Turn­bull’s de­ci­sion to put ev­ery seat in the up­per house Se­nate up for grabs in a so-called dou­ble dis­so­lu­tion elec­tion rather than have the usual half-Se­nate vote had “made a bad sit­u­a­tion worse”.

“He Brex­ited him­self. This guy is like [the] David Cameron of the south­ern hemi­sphere,” the La­bor leader said.

Bri­tain’s Mr Cameron called a ref­er­en­dum on whether the coun­try should stay in the EU and led the “Re­main” cam­paign. He an­nounced he was quit­ting af­ter the na­tion voted to leave.

Mr Turn­bull is the coun­try’s fourth leader since 2013 af­ter he ousted fel­low Lib­eral Tony Ab­bott as prime min­is­ter in a party coup last Septem­ber. He called elec­tions early hop­ing to shore up sup­port for his rul­ing coali­tion.

Fi­nal re­sults won’t be known for days, if not weeks, with mil­lions of postal and ab­sen­tee votes still to be pro­cessed, which could prove cru­cial in a race too close to call.

The anti-im­mi­gra­tion One Na­tion party of Pauline Han­son, who once claimed Asians were in dan­ger of swamp­ing the coun­try, looks set to win mul­ti­ple Se­nate seats.

“How on earth did Mr Turn­bull think that an idea of re­form could end up with two or three from One Na­tion in the Se­nate?” Mr Shorten asked.

The vote count in Aus­tralia is due to re­sume to­day, with the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion re­port­ing that the govern­ment has 68 seats to La­bor’s 67 with five mi­nor play­ers and 10 in doubt.

So far Mr Turn­bull’s Lib­er­alNa­tional coali­tion has won 68 seats to La­bor’s 67 while the Greens have one and in­de­pen­dents four.

That leaves 10 seats un­de­cided with 76 needed to rule out­right in the 150-seat House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, rais­ing the prospect of a sec­ond hung par­lia­ment in three years, where nei­ther side can form a ma­jor­ity govern­ment. –

Photo: AFP

La­bor Party leader Bill Shorten with his wife Chloe (left) vote in Mel­bourne, and Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull votes with his wife Lucy (right) in Syd­ney, all on July 2. Mr Shorten wants Mr Turn­bull to quit.

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