Port Augusta local weighs in on leadership circus

LOCAL: John Phillips gave his thoughts about the Liberal leadership spill at the Port Augusta Senior Citizens Club.
LOCAL: John Phillips gave his thoughts about the Liberal leadership spill at the Port Augusta Senior Citizens Club.

Port Augusta local John Phillips has given his thoughts regarding the Liberal leadership spill, slamming the federal government for “just looking after their own egos and pay packets”.

After a week of chaos in Canberra, Scott Morrison has been elected Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after beating Peter Dutton by 45 votes to 40 in a Liberal party room vote.

The decision ends Malcolm Turnbull’s three-year run as Liberal leader.

But with a federal election looming, Mr Phillips believes Mr Morrison’s reign as PM will be short-lived.

“We’ll be saying hello to a Labor government in a couple months,” Mr Phillips said. “Unless they (Liberals) pull off some last minute stunts that fool the public into voting for them.”

But for now, voters feel betrayed as this week’s circus results in a seventh change of Prime Minister in a decade.

Mr Phillips admitted that his vote feels worthless.

“They’re not governing for us, they’re governing for their own ends,” the Port Augusta Senior Citizens Club President said.

“The whole Liberal party has angered me by the way that they’ve carried on.”

While many have confessed to not knowing too much about the new leader, Mr Phillips described Mr Morrison as a “bully boy”.

Mr Phillips called on voters to support party policies, rather than their leader, at the upcoming election.

“People should be voting on policies. For the good of the people,” he said.