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Australia Abbott blames Turnbull's ambition for govt's demise

00:45  07 october  2019
00:45  07 october  2019 Source:

Govt urged to prioritise relationship with US over China

  Govt urged to prioritise relationship with US over China The majority of voters believe the federal government should prioritise Australia's relationship with the United States over China. The exclusive Newspoll reveals 56 per cent of voters believe relations with the United States are more important compared to a quarter of voters who believe China should be the priority. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is back in Australia after his weeklong trip to the US where he met President Donald Trump and pushed for China to be reclassified as a developed nation.

Both Mr Turnbull and Mr Abbott failed to pass key measures through the Senate — including flagship policies such as corporate tax cuts and a reduction in public spending — where a bloc of minor parties and independents frustrated governments and caused collateral damage to their leaders.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says reports of his political demise have been exaggerated after he won preselection for the seat of Warringah on Mr Abbott won nearly 70 per cent of the vote, but the meeting did have its heated moments, with some unhappy about Malcolm Turnbull ’ s recent demise .

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blamed his successor Malcolm Turnbull’s ambition for his government's demise four years ago.

Mr Abbott told The Australian he wished he had longer than two years in the top job before he was torn down.

Former PM Tony Abbott. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Former PM Tony Abbott. “Malcolm always thought it was his destiny to be prime minister and I happened to be the obstacle to that and so he dealt with me as best he could,” Mr Abbott said.

“(He) was determined to get to the top by hook or by crook.”

Mr Abbott said he did not rule out a return to parliament. 

'Govt should withdraw troops from the Middle East' .
A former Australian Army Chief has declared it's time the federal government withdrew troops from the Middle East, all together. US President Donald Trump is in the process of ending America's military engagements in the region, despite a fresh attempt to guard key shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran.Australia has committed 200 troops to the mission, designed to protect oil tankers from attacks.Peter Leahy told Sky News Australia should consider diverting other military resources away from the Middle East to the Pacific.

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