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Defiant Oz PM brings forward leadership challenge

Defiant Oz PM brings forward leadership challenge
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday he would bring forward by 24 hours a party vote on whether to oust him, as Australia faced a possible leadership change for the fourth time in five years.

Abbott has been fighting for his job after poor poll ratings and a series of policy backflips spurred some MPs from his conservative Liberal Party openly to attack him, calling for a leadership “spill” on Tuesday.

The motion aims to declare the positions of party leader and deputy leader currently occupied by Abbott and Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop vacant so the party room, or members of both houses of parliament, can vote for new candidates. But a defiant Abbott declared he wanted the vote over and done with as soon as possible.

“The last thing Australia needs right now is instability and uncertainty,” he told reporters.
“On reflection, and after talking to my colleagues, I’ve decided that the best thing we can do is deal with the spill motion as quickly as possible and put it behind us,” he said. The meeting of the governing Liberal Party will be held on Monday morning, 24 hours earlier than scheduled, the Australian leader said. “The only question for our party is do we want to reduce ourselves to the level of the Labor Party in dragging down a first-term prime minister,” he added.  
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