Spill motion: Australian PM Tony Abbott faces leadership challenge
February 6 , 2015
Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has said he and foreign minister Julie Bishop, the Liberal party’s deputy leader, would “stand together” to face a leadership challenge.
The spill motion was called by the party’s Luke Simpkins, who said it was time to “test the support of the leadership”.
Abbott’s leadership has been questioned recently, particularly over his decision to honor Britain’s Prince Philip with a knighthood and the Liberal party’s electoral setback in Queensland.
Bishop has indicated that she would support Abbott in the spill motion.