from Common Dreams
A revolt within the conservative Liberal Party on Monday has resulted in the ouster of Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott as one of his top cabinet ministers, Malcolm Turnbull, took over leadership of the nation’s ruling coalition.
After letting Abbott know he would challenge him directly for the PM seat just hours before, Turnbull ultimately claimed victory after winning 54-44 in a dramatic leadership ballot in the capital of Canberra.
Though a multi-millionaire former banker and a prominent member of Australia’s conservative establishment, Turnbull’s ascent to leadership is seen as a rejection of Abbott’s most reactionary and far-right tendencies, especially on social issues, human rights, and need to act more boldly on the impacts of human-caused global warming. As the News.com in Australia reports:
While Mr Abbott was considered one of the most socially conservative Australian prime ministers in decades, Mr Turnbull has been criticised within his own party for not being conservative enough.
Unlike Mr Abbott, Mr Turnbull supports gay marriage, wants Australia to replace the British monarch with an Australian president as head of state, and backs a policy of making polluters pay for their carbon gas emissions.
However, despite some of those tendencies, Turnbull indicated in remarks delivered after his victory that he would largely maintain the party’s right-wing policy positions ahead of next year’s national elections.
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