Today, Australia’s Prime Minister was given the boot.
Tony Abbott, who had his role for almost two years has been voted out of office, is being replaced by his former Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull.
— ABC News (@abcnews) September 14, 2015
The reason why leadership can be changed so frequently dues to how Australia’s political system is structured. In its article “Australian PM Tony Abbott ousted by Malcolm Turnbull,” the BBC described it as such: “Under the Australian system, as in the UK, the prime minister is not directly elected by voters but is the leader of the party or coalition that can command a majority in parliament.”
Australia has had five prime ministers in five years http://t.co/Q9JbG56EEv
— The Independent (@Independent) September 14, 2015
The Australian Liberal Party isn’t what we would think here in America politically. Their major opposition party, the Labor Party, is closer to our liberal Democrats, while their Liberal Party is more conservative, similar to our Republican Party.
The BBC article mentioned about the Prime Minister-elect that “many in his party dislike his (Turnbull’s) support for climate change action and gay marriage.”
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) September 14, 2015
Seems appropriate to dust off this essay from February. The last time I saw Tony Abbott http://t.co/2D9QF72FYu
— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) September 14, 2015
— HuffPost UK Comedy (@HuffPostUKCom) September 14, 2015
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 14, 2015
Bye bye, Tony Abbott, you horrendously sexist, massively racist, bigoted, unforgivably homophobic redneck. With love, the 21st century.
— Miriam Brett (@MiriamBrett) September 14, 2015
Australia's @TonyAbbottMHR is a politician of exemplary patriotism. Australians – and freedom-lovers everywhere – were lucky to have him.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) September 14, 2015
Malcolm Turnbull became the prime minister of Australia on Monday night after defeating Tony Abbott http://t.co/IMR4LhHXE7
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 14, 2015