Australian PM Turnbull loses 30th straight poll, faces leadership pressure

Katrina Barker
April 11, 2018

"We shouldn't obsess over polls - I never did and I don't think others should."

As Mr Turnbull racked up the same milestone on Monday, the now-backbencher again urged the government to champion low power prices by keeping coal, and higher wages by cutting immigration.

"The test is who retains the confidence of the majority of the members in the party room and that's Malcolm Turnbull" she told Channel Seven's Sunrise.

They want us to focus on their childcare services, they want us to focus on schools, they want us to focus on hospitals and health, they want us to focus on national security and they want us to ensure that great jobs remain in Australia ...

"I'm actually surprised that the polls are as good as they are", he said.

"After the flipping and flopping by Bill Shorten over the Carmichael Mine project, the Central Queensland public are beginning to see the Opposition Leader can not be trusted to keep his word and starting to see the real "Backflip" Bill will cut mining jobs in CQ to save his hide in the trendy inner-city suburbs". Four different leaders have served since 2013 as both Labor and the Liberals removed sitting prime ministers.

"It's Mr. Turnbull who said that 30 Newspolls is a definition of success".

"I don't define my success, or indeed my job, by what Newspoll does", he said. "I think that is something that we need to see more of in our politics".

Mr Abbott denied he was preparing to challenge to the prime minister.

"If you truly believe this is exactly the sentiment of the people, then you also have an obligation not to drive your party, or the government, off a cliff", said Joyce.

"We're actually not that far behind, the truth be told, and between now and the election there is some more work to be done, of course".

Peter Dutton told 3AW he had been honest about his ambition to be prime minister but he would not be acting to topple Turnbull.

During an appearance on Q&A, multicultural affairs minister Alan Tudge defended Turnbull, saying that "I don't think it was a particularly useful contribution from Barnaby this afternoon".

"There's 149 people in the federal parliament, I'm one".

Asked whether he felt vindicated by Turnbull also losing 30 Newspolls, Abbott insisted to reporters: "It's not about me, it's got to be about our country", while defending his right to "speak my mind".

"I would not be making comments or implied comments about the leadership of the Liberal party and we do don't expect to get implied comments about the leadership of the National party".

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