Australian conservatives go wobbly, oust Abbott in Liberal Party leadership ‘coup’

Australian conservatives go wobbly, oust Abbott in Liberal Party leadership ‘coup’

[Ed. – This is bad news.  Australia and Canada have been bright spots on an otherwise grim landscape of Western governments.  Turnbull will waffle and trim where Abbott has stood fast on principle.  Be concerned. – Ed.]

Australia’s ruling conservatives ousted beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott as party leader Monday evening in a change that could signal a different Australian response to climate change and allow for a more moderate agenda that could include recognition of gay marriage.

Liberal Party members voted 54 to 44 to replace Abbott with former party leader and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had called for the leadership ballot just hours earlier amid flagging opinion polls for the 2-year-old conservative coalition government.

Turnbull split his coalition and lost the party leadership in 2009 over his support for a then-Labor Party government’s proposal to make industrial polluters pay for the carbon gas emissions that they produced through an emissions permit trading scheme. …

Turnbull supports gay marriage and previously proposed that Parliament vote on legalizing it before elections due around September next year.

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