Ah (%@$! Tony Abbott unseated as Australian Liberal party leader and Prime Minister

The new leader will be Australia’s fourth prime minister since 2013.

Tim Blair asks that you refrain from obscenities.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Enjoy the next wave of boat people Australia!

    • Brett_McS

      Turnbull is not stupid. He won’t do a Rudd on that issue.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I hope not, but it’s so hard to tell just how stupid people will be once they gain the levers of power.
        We will see.

    • BillyHW

      The womyns are already getting wet thinking about it.

  • Abbott was brought in because no one liked the last chick.

    What the hell, Australia?!

    • andycanuck

      The sitting MPs think he won’t win the next election so they went with a new choice.

      Tim Blair’s Australian Daily Telegraph opined in an article I read this morning that because Abbott was so successful on the illegal immigration file and some other issues that voters have forgotten they were problems and so are bitching about other issues they think Abbott hadn’t done well enough on.

      • It seems Turnbull might not last, either. Some people don’t like him.

        • They’re certainly running through PMs at a high clip.

          • Abbott was brought in because voters didn’t like Gillard. This ouster, on the other hand, was just low.

            It’s also unstable.

            It’s like Bootistan, or, Italy, as the Italians call it.

    • Minicapt

      1. Julia was replaced by KRudd in 2013, whom she had replaced in 2010.
      2. After Howard lost the election to KRudd in 2007, Turnbull replaced him as leader of the Liberal party. In 2009, his MPs tossed him in favour of Dr Abbott, by one vote, due to his excessive bipartisanship.
      3. An interesting question would be why Mz Bishop changed sides.


      • Brett_McS

        More interesting is Scott Morrison. He had been a star performer in the Abbott government, moving up the ranks.

      • What a bunch of back-stabbers.

  • Blind Druid

    Will he stop the Tow Back policy? If he does then fuck him.

  • Brett_McS

    The only silver lining I can see is that Scott Morrison – who was the minister responsible for much of Abbott’s success, and who is a solid and smart conservative – is in with the new PM. I expect Morrison will be the next conservative PM if Turnbull screws up.

  • andycanuck

    Mr Turnbull holds views that are at odds with his coalition colleagues, in particular, on climate change, gay marriage and making Australia a republic.

    No doubt, deals have been done but it remains to be seen how many compromises the member for Wentworth may have made to win support in Monday’s ballot.

    Red Tory. 🙁

    • Brett_McS

      That’s the question: Does his desire to remain PM win over the strength of his views? Hopefully, yes.

  • andycanuck

    BTW, for any of our Australian readers/commenters here: was this a vote by sitting Liberal MPs or by party convention members? (I’m assuming MPs who think Abbott wouldn’t win reelection.)

    • Brett_McS

      Sitting MPs.

      • andycanuck

        Thanks, Brett. I assumed so as there were so many of them.

        BTW, my nephew is about to land in Australia for a 1-year teaching job. Don’t worry though; he’s Christian and a conservative. He even plays rugby. 🙂

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Good politics it should be same over here, whenever a politicians makes so many mistakes he or she should resign .

  • T.C.

    Kind of reminds me of that time when the pinko faction of the UK conservatives exiled Churchill from the party just before their NAZI counterparts invaded Poland.

  • BillyHW

    Our politics are perverted because we allow women to vote.

  • Cat-astrophe

    What they will end up with in Australia, is a long lasting Caliphate with a leader whom not liking is punishable by beheading.
    We all know elections are silly little exercise’s in futility and frustration, with unidirectional paths to another round of nothing, so when the caliphate finally appears, the electorate will rejoice at the new found stability.
    (And the public executions in what were formerly football stadiums.)