Australia is well practiced in following the dramas of federal political leadership upheavals on social media. They are becoming regular occurrences in the political calendar.
And here we are again, after Malcolm Turnbull announced today he would challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal party and the prime ministership.
Turnbull, who also resigned as communications minister, says the nation needs a different type of leadership.
“We need a style of leadership that explains those challenges and opportunities. Explains the challenges and how to seize the opportunities. A style of leadership that respects the people’s intelligence.”
Read more about his decision to oppose Abbott here.
There are reports that the cabinet meeting for this evening has been cancelled, and that a vote on the leadership could go ahead as soon as tomorrow.
Abbott is expected to talk to the press this evening.
From #putoutyouronions to libspill.com being redirected to Turnbull’s political website, here’s how the Australian people feel about the news.
— Patrick Dangerfield (@dangerfield32) September 14, 2015
You have my respect @TurnbullMalcolm Even if the spill isn't successful I respect you for standing up for values you believe in. Bravo
— Ben Sanguine (@toguskyre) September 14, 2015
— Alex Liddington-Cox (@MrAlexLC) September 14, 2015
— דרידלישס (@derridalicious) September 14, 2015
— John Elliott (@The_JohnElliott) September 14, 2015
— Bernard Kelly (@BernardatBKP) September 14, 2015
— Simpsons vs Liberals (@SimpsonsVsLibs) September 14, 2015
— MsT (@traceyr) September 14, 2015
Massive fan of @TurnbullMalcolm. He'll take Oz's ethical and environmental responsibilities seriously & act swiftly to legalize gay marriage
— Jimmy The Exploder (@the_exploder) September 14, 2015
So, who's voting for Malcolm Turnbull? Let's have a show of hands. pic.twitter.com/SM80HMNOvs
— Luke Walladge (@lukewalladge) September 14, 2015
Dear @TurnbullMalcolm, I am not a Liberal voter but *thank you* for challenging Tony Abbott. I really hope you win. Please be progressive.
— Omega (@Draconigenae) September 14, 2015
— sharon orapeleng (@Sharonora) September 14, 2015
— t h o r l e y (@mthorz) September 14, 2015
So disappointed @TurnbullMalcolm didn't challenge on Twitter. So outdated.
— Paul Barry (@TheRealPBarry) September 14, 2015
— Joe Hildebrand (@Joe_Hildebrand) September 14, 2015
— Travis (@teakingw) September 14, 2015
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