Tony Abbott in Fight for Political Survival as Leadership Spill Announced
Self-professed top team captain and bestower of knighthoods Tony Abbott faces a fight for his political survival after after two MPs today formally requested a spill motion at next Tuesday’s Liberal Party meeting.
West Australian Liberal Luke Simpkins and another of his colleagues brought on the motion this morning that could see PM Abbott flushed from the top job a mere 18 months after the election.
If unseated, it would the ultimate humiliation for Mr Abbott who has enjoyed depths of negative popularity not seen amongst voters in the last 40 years.
Only yesterday, Mr Abbott insisted no such leadership speculation was underway signalling that ant such move would reflect poorly on the government and be a hark back to the chaos of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years of unstable government.
His closest ally, Joe Hockey has also dismissed any such leadership speculation up until this point.
Arguably Joe Hockey was the most to lose should Abbott be deposed and will most likely be dumped as Treasurer given his abject failure in the portfolio.
Earlier today Luke Simpkins called Mr Ruddock and the Prime Minister directly to inform them of his intentions.
He then sent out an email to all MPs.
“I think that we must bring this to a head, and test the support of the leadership in the party room,” he said.
Mr Simkins, the member for Cowan, is said to have made his decision to call for a spill after being persuaded by his electorate that change was needed.