TONY Abbott has launched a fresh attack on the Liberal Party leadership, asserting the Prime Minister does not respect the party’s rank and file.
Making his third chastising speech this week, the former prime minister made the comments at a gathering of NSW Liberal Party members, saying it was “a tragedy” that the top end of the party expected its members to “turn up, to pay up, and to shut up”.
Referring to “the hierarchy”, Mr Abbott specifically pointed to branch presidents, state executives, members of parliament, and the prime minister.
“Respect is a two-way street, and it’s time the party hierarchy showed the respect to the membership that the membership has always given to them,” he said. “It’s just not right, we are letting ourselves down.”
The Liberals are basically doomed due to both the infighting and Turnbull’s weak leadership.
Abbott has turned into the Liberal version of Kevin Rudd – will do anything to get the top job back. And Turnbull just seems unable to govern.
Bill Shorten doesn’t deserve to be Prime Minister, but the Liberals are doing everything they can to gift it to him.