Reading roundup: Liberal leadership showdown
A roundup of key coverage from this morning’s newspapers and websites is over the jump.
Lead story: Hockey set to take on Malcolm Turnbull
Expectations that Mr Hockey would agree to challenge came as a Newspoll conducted for The Australian on the weekend revealed a stunning eight-percentage-point collapse in the Opposition Leader’s rating among voters.
After a week of attempting to force his reluctant party to vote in favour of the Prime Minister’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, Mr Turnbull was rated preferred prime minister by only 14 per cent of voters, down from 22 per cent a fortnight ago.
Come next month, as the world negotiates some form of agreement about greenhouse reductions, it is absurd to think, as some in the Coalition appear to do, that we can stand aloof. Healthy scepticism is one thing. Risking Australia doing nothing in the face of international consensus is another. It shows bad judgment.
Glenn Milne: Joe Hockey’s political hot potato
Imre Salusinszky: Three men aiming to be top dog
Lenore Taylor: Party facing no-win situation on carbon conundrum
Samantha Maiden: No place for Julie Bishop in Hockey’s cabinet
Matthew Franklin: Harder road for Peter Dutton
And David Speers of Sky News: Twitterati step up as ministers fall like dominoes.
As shadow ministers fell like dominoes on Thursday night, we received a string of texts revealing news of the resignations.
As they watched me read these out on air, two MPs (who it turns out were drowning their sorrows at the time) decided to text me the breaking news that “Bronwyn Bishop has also stood down from the backbench”. Hilarious.
Another MP sent me the rather succinct observation, “we are f****d”.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Philip Coorey: Go Joe - Voters back Hockey
Support for Mr Hockey among Coalition voters was 41 per cent, an increase of six points in three weeks. Support for Mr Turnbull fell nine points over the same period to 27 per cent while support for Mr Abbott rose five points to 26 points, putting him virtually level with Mr Turnbull.
Philip Coorey: Rudd’s approval rating slips - more details from the Nielsen poll.
Andrew Clennell: Greiner warns Hockey to avoid the ‘cave-dwellers’
Mark Davis: Turnbull attacks party wreckers for lacking integrity
Paul Sheehan: Malcolm versus Minchin:
[Turnbull] may survive this political civil war. He may even seek and win re-election tomorrow. But he will never, ever, enjoy the confidence of the electorate. The only question remains is how much damage Malcolm Bligh Turnbull will cause on his way out.
The Daily Telegraph
Malcolm Farr: Mal is blogging here today. Excerpt from his piece, If Joe wins, he loses and caves in to Neanderthals
Taking the leadership would also almost certainly mean making a compromise in his views on the need for an ETS - and a surrender to people who some around Hockey refer to as “the Neanderthals” - and in his support for Turnbull.
Hockey had only two options: back Turnbull all the way; or stand himself with an ETS policy tailored to the demands of people in the party he had argued against for months.
All that sacrifice - family, party, principle - to fight an election which from this vantage point the Coalition is set to lose.
Sue Dunlevy: Joe Hockey ready for leadership challenge
Steve Lewis: Party heavies turn against defiant leader Turnbull
Steve Lewis: It’s all over for Turnbull. Excerpt: “The party of Menzies, Howard and Fraser risks becoming a permanent laughing stock unless it resolves its leadership woes and forges a united front.”
Michelle Grattan: Liberals floundering in chaos “THE Liberal Party is a madhouse. Malcolm Turnbull amazed even the Turnbull sceptics by his wild performance yesterday.”
Tony Wright: Kingmaker Howard gives Hockey his blessing
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