Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reacted to his former counterpart Tony Abbott’s criticism of the coalition government. The former called his predecessor’s comments as a “sad” attack on his leadership. Turnbull also claimed that his government has achieved so much more than his predecessor.
Turnbull had a conversation with a Melbourne radio station where he said he would prefer avoiding private conversation but he said that Abbott knew what he was exactly doing. In a press conference, he opened up about Abbott’s comments.
“In the last six months or so, my government has delivered more through the Senate, through the whole Parliament, than we did in the last three years,” he said. “I don’t just give speeches about getting rid of politicians’ gold passes … I abolished them.”
The prime minister said that he did not only talk about parliamentary entitlements and other issues. He, on the other hand, works on the establishment of a new structure to “oversight them and manage them so that politicians’ expenses are being dealt with properly.” He added that he never restricted his actions to making promises about cutting taxes but he implemented them as well. “Done, tick, gone through the Parliament,” he said.
Turnbull also said that the latest comments won’t be able to distract him in any manner. He also praised Coalition frontbencher Mathias Cormann who stood against Abbott’s comments and called them “self-indulgent”.
Tony Abbott Defends Comments
Abbott attended the Making Australia Right book launch on Thursday where he made comments on Turnbull government. He argued that conservative voters would shift their support to One Nation Party as the Coalition appeared to become “Labor lite.” After the response of Turnbull to the comments, Abbott defended his take. He said that he was only doing his “duty.”
Abbott said that he wants to alert the nation about the government led by Turnbull. Such speculations might lead to the defeat of the coalition at the next election, he said. The former PM also said that he wanted the present government to lift its performance and ensure victory.
“Our challenge is to be worth voting for. Our politics can’t be just a contest of toxic egos or someone’s vanity project,” he told Channel Nine. “Unless we heed the message from people who think that we have let them down, a book like this can become the thinking person’s’ justification for voting One Nation.”