A fraught and frank meeting saw Tony Abbott try to dominate discussion, setting the scene for an energy debate that could damage the Turnbull government. Follow the day live …
Good morning, blogans,
This morning, 10 years of divisive climate politics is coming home to haunt the Coalition. On it goes, through John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull 1.0, Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull 2.0.
Tony Abbott interjected so often throughout the meeting that Craig Laundy, a frontbench ally of Malcolm Turnbull, called the former prime minister out and asked that he show respect to those who wanted to speak.
I don’t go into the specifics of party-room meetings but what I would say, I was in the meeting in the morning and I was in the meeting in the afternoon, it was a very good discussion, it was courteous and professional discussion.
I believe that will be achieved.
Mr Turnbull has been weakened and Australians are the losers. He needs to stand up to Tony Abbott.