Australia: Prince Philip’s knighthood was ‘injudicious’ admits Abbott

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given an interview to radio station 3AW about his decision to give a knighthood for Prince Philip. He said: “Obviously it was an injudicious appointment.”

On 26 January – Australia’s national day – Mr Abbott announced he had nominated Queen Elizabeth II’s husband to receive the knighthood.

He had said then that the Duke of Edinburgh’s life of “service and dedication” should be honoured. The Queen awarded the knighthood in April.

Abbott has ousted by Malcolm Turnbull on last month.

Conclusion: Abbott and his mistakes

Australia: PM Tony Abbott ousted by Malcolm Turnbull

Australia has a new Prime Minister. Tony Abbott has ousted by Malcolm Turnbull on federal caucus on late night for 44 votes to 54 respectively. Turnbull said he assumed that parliament would serve its full term, implying no snap general election.

Earlier on Monday Mr Abbott had dismissed rumours of a leadership challenge as “Canberra gossip” – only to be voted out by his fellow Liberal MPs.

Speaking after the result was announced, Mr Turnbull praised his predecessor for his “formidable achievements” as prime minister.

The new party leader said Australia needed to have “the economic vision, a leadership, that explains the great challenges and opportunities we face”.

He said he would lead “a thoroughly Liberal government, committed to freedom, the individual and the market”.

Ahead of the vote, Turnbull had said if Mr Abbott remained as leader, the coalition government would lose the next election, which is likely to take place next year.

He said he had not taken the decision to launch a leadership challenge lightly, but that it was “clear enough that the government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need”.

Bishop had supported his bid to become party leader.

Current opposition leader Bill Shorten tweeted that “Australia does not need another arrogant, out of touch Liberal leader – Australia needs a change of government”.

Australia has a fourth Prime Minister since 2013.

Turnbull swears the job after Abbott tender his resignation letter to the governor general.

Conclusion: In Australian politics, if PM don’t fit, kickoff them.

Australia: Abbott survives a leadership challenge

After days of turmoil. The spill motion was voted. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has won by 61 a 39. Later, he said the leadership issue was now behind the party and that the focus was on jobs, families, a stronger economy and greater national security.

He said when voters elected a government and a prime minister the public deserved to keep that government and that prime minister “until you change your mind”.

“The challenge is to work with you, not against you,” he said. “I love this country and I will do my best to help this country succeed.”

Conclusion: Liberal Party are so calm now.

Australia: Abbott will faces leadership challenge

Australia still in political crisis. The Liberal Prime-Minister Tony Abbott faces a motion for a leadership challenge on next Tuesday. The proposal was made by Liberal MP Luke Simpkins after recent defeat on state elections in Queensland and award the knighthood for Prince Phillip. Meanwhile, Australian PM said he and his Liberal party deputy Julie Bishop will “stand together” against a leadership challenge from MPs. Another contenders are Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social services Minister Scott Morrison.

But in his email to Liberal MPs, Simpkins said the awarding of a knighthood to Prince Philip “was for many the final proof of a disconnection with the people”.

He said it was “time to test the support of the leadership in the party room”.

In a brief news conference on Friday, Abbott said MPs were entitled to put the motion forward, but that they were “asking the party room to vote out the people that the electorate voted in”.

He said the Liberals were “not going to repeat the chaos and the instability” of the opposition Labor party, which lost office in 2013 after a series of leadership crises.

“So I have spoken to Deputy Leader Julie Bishop and we will stand together in urging the party room to defeat this particular motion and in so doing, and in defeating this motion, to vote in favour of the stability and the team that the people voted for at the election,” he said.

The Australian political system is very peculiar. The process of Leadership challenge are:

  • A motion needs to be proposed by one Liberal MP, seconded by another
  • The motion will be debated in the party room
  • If it appears there are more “against” than “for” the motion, the leader may say the motion has failed, and end the debate
  • If the motion passes, candidates will nominate themselves and a secret ballot is taken for a new leader

Conclusion: Whom toppled Abbott?

Australia: Abbott says Manus Island blockade ‘broken’

Australia has a controversial immigration policy with offshore centers in islands like Papua New Guinea and Nauru to tackle asylum seekers. Today, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says an asylum-seeker protest at an offshore detention camp has been “broken”. Many asylum-seeker has protested by poor conditions on Manus island in PNG. 

“There was a well-organised, well-coordinated protest in some parts of the Manus centre. It amounted to a blockade,” Mr Abbott said.

“The important thing is that order has been restored,” he added. “The blockade of the compound had been lifted.”

Conclusion: Australia likes immigrants so far from it.

Economy: Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Australia is a polluter country. So, it introduces a carbon tax in 2012 to reduces carbon emissions. Now, Australian senate approves the repeal carbon tax by 39 votes a 32. This is a central aim for the Prime-Minister Tony Abbott.

He says he plans to replace it with a A$2.55bn taxpayer-funded plan under which industries will be paid to reduce emissions and use cleaner energy.

His coalition does not hold a majority in the Senate but the repeal went through with the support of senators from mining tycoon Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party.

“Scrapping the carbon tax is a foundation of the government’s economic action strategy,” said Mr Abbott, calling the move “great news for Australian families”.

“We are honouring our commitments to you and building a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.”

Labor party criticises it. Labor and the Greens voted against the repeal, with Greens leader Christine Milne describing the vote as an “appalling day for Australia”.

Labor accused Mr Abbott of “taking Australia backwards while the rest of the world is moving forward”.

“All of Australia’s major trading partners are taking serious action on climate change, including in our own region,” opposition leader Bill Shorten said in a statement.

He says his party will include a policy to introduce an emissions trading scheme in its campaign for the 2016 election.

Conclusion: Greens, Labor are very angry with Abbott.