1. The leadership challenge.
The Prime Minister faces a battle for his position this morning in a party room meeting at 9am. He met overnight with many key Liberals to firm up his position. The ABC reports that Malcolm Turnbull is not expected to announce a challenge before the 102 members of the party meet.
The PM told the ABC last night that battling for his leadership had been a chastening experience.
“It’s a pretty chastening experience to have a spill motion moved on you after just 16 months in government – a very chastening experience and I am determined that my government if it continues after tomorrow will learn from experience.”
The Treasurer, Joe Hockey told Sky News yesterday that any cabinet minister who wanted to support the spill or seek the leadership should resign immediately.
2. Newspoll figures a disaster for the PM.
In a disastrous poll taken for The Australian the PM’s personal approval rating is at a record low, the worst for any prime minister since Paul Keating in 1994.
The Coalition’s primary vote is down three points to an eight-month low of 35%.
In two-party terms, the government’s vote is 43% with Labor on 57%.
The poll of 1178 people found that voters preferred Malcolm Turnbull as the best person to lead the Liberal Party as prime minister.
This backs up a poll by Mamamia Women’s Network which showed of 2000 people 86% want to see a change in the leadership of the Liberal Party, with Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop significantly outstripping Tony Abbott as preferred Prime Minister.
3. Sydney siege interviews show hostages true stories.
Last night’s television was dominated by the hostages from the Sydney siege who spoke on both 60 Minutes and Sunday Night.
Marcia Mikhael has told Sunday Night that police bungled the rescue operation, she said that it should have been controlled by the army.
“I know there are a lot of officers there (who) probably risked their lives to be there and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being ungrateful to them…but I just think that maybe the Army would’ve been better, more appropriate to be handling this situation.”