ANU EXPERTS: Liberal leadership spill

Malcolm Turnbull has called and won a Liberal leadership spill 48-35, beating Peter Dutton, who has resigned from the ministry.
The Australian National University (ANU) has experts available to speak about the budget and its implications for Australia.
They can be contacted directly, or through the media hotline on 02 6125 7979.

Professor John Hewson
Chair, ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
Expertise: Australian politics, economics

“Political suicide driven by ego and revenge, certainly not policy”

Dr Andrew Hughes
ANU Research School of Management
ANU College of Business & Economics
M: 0413 130 129
Twitter: @marketingandrew
Expertise: Political marketing and communications

“If Malcolm Turnbull was smart, now would be the time to call an election.

“It’s time for caution to be thrown to the wind and for Malcolm to start to bring forward his progressive policies now before it’s too late.

“It’s time for Malcolm to fight back with a progressive platform of Indigenous, republican and social welfare reforms.”

Dr Norman Abjorensen
Visiting Fellow
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 02 6125 8584
Expertise: Australian politics, the history of Australian Prime Ministers

“Malcolm Turnbull has won the day but probably lost the battle. History tells us that close challenges are just a softening up process for a second challenge.”

“Turnbull is probably doomed, the Government is probably doomed, but the big casualty out of this is consensus politics.”

“Any attempt to crease a consensus over issues like climate change are just going to fall down due to political manoeuvrings by Tony Abbott and co.”

“We are going to be very politically divided for the foreseeable future.”

Dr Jill Sheppard
Australian Centre for Applied Social Research Methods
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: (02) 6125 7898
M: 0407 052 927
Expertise: Australian federal politics

“Today’s leadership spill and Dutton’s unsuccessful challenge are reminders that Turnbull faces stubborn opposition from his conservative colleagues.”

“He has not displayed Howard’s ability to bridge both sides of his parliamentary party, so he has had to resort to policy backdowns.”

“Dutton’s resignation will only put more pressure on Turnbull to respond to his disgruntled backbench. There’s every chance that Dutton becomes a martyr to frustrated conservatives.”

Emeritus Professor John Warhurst
ANU School of Politics & International Relations
ANU Research School of Social Sciences
ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 3882
Expertise: Australian federal politics

“The last decade has been unbelievable I terms of leadership changes in Australian politics, who would have imagined that we are going down this path once again. “

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