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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 3 NEWS Sinodinos key to Abbott’s downfall NSW senator set for frontbench return Senator Arthur Sinodinos played a central role in toppling Tony Abbott earlier this week, in what Fairfax Media described as a "mission driven by pragmatism, principle and personal animosity". Speaking to The Age, one Turnbull supporter said that Mr Sinodinos had been "integral" to forcing the leadership ballot on Monday evening, which Abbott lost 54-44. Appearing live on the ABC's While the Coalition’s unpopularity in the polls may have been the key motivator for Sinodinos in the leadership spill, deep personal frustrations with Abbott and the PM’s office have played their part. 7.30 program just minutes before Liberal MPs voted, Sinodinos delivered a scathing attack on the prime minister who in 2013 appointed him to the relatively junior role of assistant treasurer. "We need a change in both the style and the substance of our national leadership," said Sinodinos, before describing Abbott as "not being strong enough in the economic debate". Sinodinos went on to say that the Abbott government had lost people's trust by its actions in the 2014 Budget. "If we'd had a more measured approach, if we'd been less cavalier about breaking our promises, we would not have lost the trust of the Australian people," he said. "I want a more inclusive style going forward and I believe that's a style that maximises the chances of getting real economic change and reform up." While the Coalition's unpopularity in the polls may have been the key motivator for Sinodinos in the leadership spill, deep personal frustrations with Abbott and the PM's office played their part. Six months into the Abbott government, Sinodinos had to step aside after the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) began investigating his role at Australian Water Holdings (AWH), a company linked to disgraced former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid. With the ICAC issue unresolved in late 2014, Abbott and Sinodinos agreed he would resign from the frontbench, and reportedly that he “We have been a government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth.” Tony Abbott makes his final speech as prime minister at Parliament House on Tuesday. would announce the decision on the Sunday before Christmas. With the media alerted to the news three days early, Sinodinos blamed Abbott's office, namely chief of staff Peta Credlin, for the leak. He would later say he felt the prime minister's office was "dancing on his grave" for briefing against him on the ICAC issue. In February's leadership spill motion, Sinodinos' attachment to Tony Abbott as PM became clear after warning in a television interview that Abbott did not have his "unconditional" support. As the year wore on his alarm at the government's prospects grew, fuelled by Abbott's handling of Bronwyn Bishop's abuse of par- liamentary expenses, and the debate over a conscience vote on same-sex marriage. When Turnbull spoke at his first partyroom meeting on Tuesday he reportedly praised the way Sinodinos ran John Howard's office and suggested it was a model to resurrect. The only issue that will prevent Sinodinos returning to PHOTO: AAP/SAM MOOY. the frontbench immediately is the unresolved situation at ICAC, which is yet to hand down its findings on AWH. A show of faith by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a man who helped engineer his victory would place the Greek heritage politician centre stage once again as early as Monday. Sources: Fairfax Media, ABC. Xenophon warns of job loss tsunami Senator appeals to Prime Minister Turnbull to repair broken promise Nick Xenophon says the Turnbull government must honour the Coalition promise to build Australia's next fleet of submarines in Adelaide. Even before Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as prime minister, Senator Xenophon had put pen to paper congratulating him and calling for a clear message to be sent by announcing that the Future Submarines will be built in Australia. "One of the very first decisions of the new Turnbull government has to be making good on the election promise to South Australia and Australia, by committing to build our next sub- marines in Adelaide," Xenophon said. The letter also asked for action in stemming "the 25,000 South Australian jobs expected to be lost with the departure of General Motors Holden as a car maker from Adelaide by the end of 2017". At least 150,000 jobs are at risk in Victoria with the departure of Ford, GMH and Toyota as car makers by the end of 2017. "There's a tsunami of job losses coming to SA and other states, and urgent action is needed now," said Xenophon, who added that the leadership change presented an opportunity to revitalise the economy and create jobs. Among the specific measures Senator Xenophon has called for is the amendment of the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) which would enable car component companies to restructure around new products and services, and reforming the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate to free up funds for an international marketing push, restoring profitability in the struggling sector. Xenophon is also calling for "workable anti-dumping measures that provide real protections to Australian manufacturers from the sale of overseas-made goods at below the cost of production", and the amendment of Commonwealth Procurement Laws with a strong 'Buy Australian First' policy. South Australia will be a key battleground in the next fed- Independent Senator Nick Xenophon. PHOTO: AAP/MICK TSIKAS. eral election, with Xenophon saying he will field a team of candidates in the state's 11 Lower House seats. On Monday, just hours before Malcolm Turnbull launched his bid for the prime ministership, leaked internal Liberal polling had the Nick Xenophon Team second on primary vote in at least four of those seats.
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