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Challenge against me will fail: Embattled Aussie PM

Challenge against me will fail: Embattled Aussie PM
With dismal ratings in opinion polls and a backbench disgruntled by policy backflips, two of Abbott’s MPs have said they will call for a challenge to his stewardship of the nation at a meeting of the governing Liberal Party on Tuesday.

But the conservative leader said he was expecting the so-called “spill motion”, aimed at removing him and deputy Julie Bishop from their positions, to fail. “Should this spill motion be defeated, as I expect, I will be taking that as a strong endorsement of the existing leadership team, as a vote of confidence in the existing leadership team,” Abbott told reporters.

“The last thing any of us should want to do is to reproduce the chaos and the instability of the Labor years,” he said with Bishop by his side.

Labor switched prime ministers twice in their last turn in government, first in 2010 when Julia Gillard removed prime minister Kevin Rudd in a party room coup, and then in 2013 when they changed back to Rudd.

“We are not Labor... and this “Game of Thrones” circus which the Labor Party gave us is never going to be reproduced by this coalition,” Abbott said in reference to the medieval fantasy drama in which characters vie for power.

Abbott said the two Liberal backbenchers who had called for the challenge to his leadership were entitled to do so. 


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