Australian Politics – Prime Minister Turnbull On Poll Slide

Posted on Mon 08/13/2018 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Newspoll suggests that the Australian Liberal Party Government recovery is over – and now Liberals MPs are wondering why they must keep backing Malcolm Turnbull’s dud electricity policy.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Support after preferences is still at 49 per cent to Labor’s 51, but the Liberals’ primary vote has dropped and Malcolm Turnbull’s lead as preferred leader has been slashed from 19 points to 12.

And now Liberal MPs are asking: why back Turnbull’s global warming policies? Tomorrow’s party room meeting could get ugly:

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has plunged, and the Coalition’s primary vote has softened, as the Prime Minister and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg prepare for a high-stakes showdown with rebel MPs tomorrow over the ­national energy guarantee.

The Australian has confirmed Mr Turnbull has asked Mr Frydenberg and Scott Morrison to “fast-track” a detailed plan for the energy subcommittee of cabinet within weeks that would give the green light for the gov­ernment to underwrite new-­generation power sources, including the potential for coal.

Amid moves to head off a growing rebellion on the ­Coalition backbench over the NEG by holding out the offer of a potential lifeline for coal generation, Mr Turnbull emerges from the parliamentary winter recess to face the partyroom in a weakened position of authority.

With Tony Abbott holding out the threat of crossing the floor over the NEG and several MPs privately confirming they may follow him, an exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows Mr Turnbull’s personal ­ratings falling sharply since the Coalition’s failed campaigns in the Braddon and Longman by-elections a fortnight ago.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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