April 21, 2018

'No threat' to Turnbull ahead of poll: Liberals

12 April 2018, 07:05 | Rufus Hill

Former prime minister Tony Abbott takes part in the Pollie Pedal Bike Ride

Former prime minister Tony Abbott takes part in the Pollie Pedal Bike Ride on Sunday

Yesterday, he trailed Labor for the 30th time in the highly anticipated survey, crossing the leadership threshold he now wishes he had never set.

Mr. Turnbull has struggled for months in what has been a particularly turbulent period in Australian politics.

"I've made it a practice of not commenting on polls when the polls have been good, bad or indifferent", he told reporters in Perth at the start of a six-day tour of the West.

Malcolm Turnbull has said he still regrets making 30 lost Newspolls the marker to roll Tony Abbott but maintains he has the confidence of his colleagues "and no one is suggesting I don't". Based on that, coup leaders acted, saying we'd lose election. "What the Australian people want me to do is to get on with delivering and governing, and that's what we're doing". "Premier of South Australia", Mr Turnbull said, in reference to opinion poll results that did not eventuate at the respective elections. This was widely seen as an attempt to placate the conservative wing of the Liberal party, which has long distrusted his progressive views.

Abbott, whose Pollie Pedal charity event route placed him in coal country when the 30th Newspoll was due, had some words of wisdom for his political rival, acknowledging government was hard and "Malcolm Turnbull and I know this better than anyone".

"I can assure you I have addressed it - I regret ... making the remarks about 30 Newspolls at the time but what I promised to do was to provide economic leadership and traditional cabinet government and I have done both", he said. However, his regular criticisms of the government's policies on issues such as energy and taxation have severely undermined Mr Turnbull's position. But Opposition Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek said the impending loss would be down to the policies Mr Turnbull is pursuing.

Malcolm Turnbull has lost his 30ht consecutive Newspoll, the benchmark he used to topple Tony Abbott.

"As for that particular metric, that was not my metric and it is for others to explain the rhyme or the reason in it, " he told The Sunday Telegraph.

As the dreaded poll approached, Mr Turnbull sought to emphasise the strength of the economy, while noting he retained the support of the Liberal party room.

He also brushed aside criticism from former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd, who tweeted that Mr Shorten had supported a "coup" on his leadership after losing just one of 87 opinion polls.

Since his election, critics across the political spectrum have frequently cited the failure to end the insider-driven gamesmanship of Canberra, the capital, and the lack of clear leadership from Mr. Turnbull and his party.

"I don't find any evidence in the party that people want a change of leader", Mr Howard told ABC TV.

"We have done that and we still have an electoral challenge".

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