Malcolm Turnbull’s Press Conference Announcing His Challenge To Tony Abbott

4.15pm – Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he has resigned from the Abbott ministry and will challenge the Prime Minister for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Turnbull approached Abbott shortly after Question Time and informed him of his challenge. Abbott has made no public statement yet.

Turnbull held a media conference in the grounds of Parliament House. He said Abbott had failed to provide economic leadership and the government had been behind in 30 Newspolls in a row. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd’s Second Washington Press Conference After Resigning As Foreign Minister

Having announced his resignation as Foreign Minister at 1.30am in Washington DC, Kevin Rudd has held a second press conference later in the day to comment on reaction to his move.

Rudd left open the possibility that he might challenge Julia Gillard’s leadership of the ALP. [Read more…]