Australian leader blames predecessor for popularity decline

Australia's prime minister has blamed recent criticism from his predecessor for a dip in the government's popularity in a closely watched opinion poll.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday that comments by Tony Abbott in a speech last week that the conservative government risked a "drift to defeat" were aimed at damaging the ruling coalition.

Turnbull's comments came after a Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper on Monday showed the center-left Labor Party opposition extending its lead over the government in public opinion.

Abbott was prime minister before Turnbull replaced him after a bitter internal challenge in the ruling party in September 2015.

Turnbull justified his challenge by pointing to the government's poor results in a series of Newspoll surveys under Abbott's leadership.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Zoe Ball pays tribute to late boyfriend Billy Yates with heartwarming photo as he is laid to rest in private ceremony:'Goodbye my beautiful boy'

Zoe Ball pays tribute to late boyfriend Billy Yates with heartwarming photo as he is laid to..

23-May, 12:09

In a statement to MailOnline, a representative for Zoe Ball confirmed...

Mary Hopkin's Beatles poster sells for ?28k at auction

Mary Hopkin's Beatles poster sells for ?28k at auction..

24-May, 05:57

A rare Beatles poster owned by singer Mary Hopkin has been sold at...

Ariana Grande Manchester Terror Attack: Take That cancel concert at Liverpool Echo 'out of respect' for victims of tragic gig suicide bomb attack

Ariana Grande Manchester Terror Attack: Take That cancel concert at Liverpool Echo 'out of..

23-May, 09:24

The suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured at least 59 more after...

Ex-CIA chief Brennan says Trump-Russia inquiry 'well-founded'

Ex-CIA chief Brennan says Trump-Russia inquiry 'well-founded'..

23-May, 12:24

Former CIA Director John Brennan has said an investigation into possible...

Chicago supporters to honor freed Puerto Rico nationalist

Chicago supporters to honor freed Puerto Rico nationalist..

18-May, 02:35

Supporters of a 74-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist freed from house...

Lady Gaga Opens Halftime Show With Tribute to America

Lady Gaga Opens Halftime Show With Tribute to America..

05-Feb, 20:44

Lady Gaga stole the show at Super Bowl LI in Houston, beginning the Pepsi...

A history of chemical weapons in Syria

A history of chemical weapons in Syria..

06-Apr, 14:32

The death toll from Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack on a Syrian town...

You Are the Chef Episode 146

You Are the Chef Episode 146..

28-Feb, 22:52

The following You Are the Chef Episode 146 English Sub has been released....