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Australian PM rejects resignation call

An Opposition leader called for his resignation as he was unable to provide Parliamentary 'stability'

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 5 2016 12:45PM | Updated Date: Jul 5 2016 12:45PM

Australian PM rejects resignation call

 Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejected opposition calls for his resignation on Tuesday.

Last evening, Opposition Labour Party Leader Bill Shorten asked Turnbull to resign as leader of the Liberal National Party coalition, claiming that the premier was "out of touch" and was unable to provide Parliamentary "stability" which he promised to country’s voters throughout his campaign.
But on Tuesday, Turnbull said he would not be stepping down from the position and described the Labour leader's attack as purely political.
"Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?" Turnbull said of Shorten, "I'm sure he would (like me to resign)."
"I don't think we'll be taking advice from the leader of the opposition, I think he couldn't think of anything else better to say."
The election's vote count resumed early Tuesday with postal votes and pre-poll votes set to be tallied, two days after the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said it could take weeks to get a decisive result from all seats.
Turnbull said he was confident of a forming a majority government despite numerous election analysts suggesting Labor had, by Tuesday, secured more seats than the coalition.
"The count is continuing and we remain confident that we will secure enough seats to have a majority in the parliament," Turnbull told the press.
"All the votes have been cast and it's now simply a matter to count them so we're just awaiting that."
Meanwhile the nation's Attorney General George Brandis has played down concerns that the deadlocked election was bad news for Australia or the coalition; he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that there's "no such thing as a failed election".
He said there was nothing unusual about the deadlock, despite Trunbull facing a wall of conservative criticism, both from political commentators and from within the far-right factions of his party.
"An election always produces the parliament the people choose," Brandis said.
"Sometimes that's a large majority, sometimes a narrow one, and sometimes the party that forms government relies on other elements of the parliament to govern, but there's nothing unusual here."