Michael McCormack stays silent about Liberal leadership crisis

Riverina MP Michael McCormack.RIVERINA MP Michael McCormack has refused to speak about the disunity within the Liberal Party that threatens the Coalition’s hold of power.

Mr McCormack also did not commentabouthis position should the Liberal leadership changes, saying “I don’t comment on any hypothetical scenarios”.

“The leadership of the Liberal Party is a matter for the Liberals,” he said.

In a dramatic day in Federal Parliament on Thursday,Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton are set to contend for the Liberal Party leadership, pending the outcomeof a petition for a leadership spill.

Former Health Minister Greg Hunt is the candidate fordeputyshould Mr Dutton gainthe leadership.

Dominic O’Sullivan,a CSU academic in politics, said that while The Nationals wanted “to stay out of the situation”, the party “is not pleased by what it’s seeing”.

“McCormack may well find a swing against himshouldDutton gain power and regardless of whether he [McCormack] stays as deputy or not,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“But I don’t think it would be a huge swing –it’s a very safe National seat,” he said.

Mr O’Sullivan said the whole situation was“obviously very bad for the government”.

“People, whatever their political or philosophical beliefs, don’t like disunity, and that’s what we’ve seen in the past few days,” he said.

Dominic O’Sullivan, CSU academic in politicsThe Liberals have shut down the Parliament and given up on governing Australia.My united and stable Labor team are ready to govern. We are 100% focused on delivering a fair go for all Australians. pic.twitter出售老域名/LGAzui01fq

— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 23, 2018

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