Well, it’s probably not the time for gloating…
Particularly as we don’t know how the ballot will turn out.
Well yes, the Liberals would have to be insane to stick with Abbott. I agree. But as I said, we don’t know how the ballot will turn out yet.
When Rudd was confronted with the same situation, he chose to stand down before he was voted out. I’m not sure if Abbott will do the same, but I suspect that he won’t. In fact, I suspect that he’s more likely to consider calling a Double Dissolution before the party has a chance to vote.
“See, I told you that I’d stop the votes!”
Note: I only said consider it, I never actually suggested that he’d do it.
Although, one wonders whether we can last the night without a potential terrorist attack leading to a state of emergency being declared, deferring the vote to next week…
Or whenever we’re safe again.
And by “we”, I’m mean Tony and friends. Both with and without benefits.
Certainly, I’m surprised that Margie hasn’t made an appearance. My understanding was that they had an arrangement where she was always happy to appear in public with him, so long as she never had to see him in private ever again.
Anyway, it’s not the time for gloating. With Turnbull in charge, the Liberals will again have a chance of winning the election. Particularly after he sacks Joe Hockey as Treasurer, replacing him with someone who can do more than tell us that mining tax didn’t raise a single dollar in revenue and removing it has taken the brakes off the economy. Seems like a contradiction to me, but what would I know? I still think that removing taxes makes the Budget position worse, not better, so I’m clearly confused about how to balance the books.
When you gloat tomorrow and point out that Abbott is the first Liberal PM actually removed from office by the party room, just remember it’s not all good news. (Ok, before you mention Gorton, remember that the Party room vote was tied and he had the casting vote, so technically he resigned.) When you gloat about Abbott lasting for less time than Rudd, remember this may lead to Labor deciding to replace Shorten, so it’s not all good news…
Well, not for Shorten anyway.
Yes, a few days ago, Abbott celebrated his second anniversary as PM, but I’d give you long odds on him having a third.
Still, I’m sure that we can expect Abbott to be as gracious in defeat, as Peter Dutton was with his apology the other day.
And to think that all this is happening just a week after Abbott’s generous decision to take Syrian refugees and to spend nearly as much on them as he’ll be spending on dropping bombs in their country.
Just goes to show that a week really is a long time in politics.
P.S. Have just had it confirmed! The Nationals will not be joining the Liberals for the vote on the leadership even though that worked so well on the same sex marriage thing…
Rather silly concept, if it’s an update, it’d hardly be something that wasn’t “live”.
In order to ensure that the MP’s offices can be further inundated with messages of support for Mr Abbott as he said in his statement tonight, he’s holding the ballot tonight.
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