IT. IS. ON.

The leadership spill is happing. NOT A DRILL.

Malcolm Turnbull has met with the PM, resigned as Communications Minister, and asked for the leadership ballot.

Julie Bishop has ALSO asked for a leadership ballot.


Turnbull will be addressing media at 4pm, buckle in, folks, there’s MORE TO COME.

BTW, if you’re just joining us now, everyone’s making a fuckload of funnies about the #libspill and here are the best of them.

Updated at 4:07pm:


#understatementofthecentury

Updated at 4:11pm:

Turnbull has addressed media. Here are the best quotes:

“We need a style of leadership that respects the public’s intelligence.”

“We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people.”

And now here’s as much as we could transcribe, ENJOY:


“This is not a decision that anyone could take lightly. I have consulted with many, many colleagues, many Australia, many of our supporters, in every walk of life, and this course of action has been urged on me by many people over a long time.”

“The Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership the country needs. We need a style of leadership that respects the public’s intelligence.”

“We need a style of leadership that explains those challenges and opportunities. A style of leadership that respects the people’s intelligence that explains these complex issues, then sets out the course of action we believe we should take. And then makes a case for it.”

“We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people.”

“It is clear enough that the Government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need. It is not the fault of individual ministers. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs. He has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.”

“Let me say something about Canning. Now this i an important by-election. I recognise dealing with hits issue in the week before the by-election is not ideal, but regrettably there are few occasions that are entirely ideal for tough calls and tough decisions like this.”

“The fact is, we are 10 months, 11 months away from the next election. Every months is a lost opportunity. We have to make a change for the government’s sake, for the party’s sake, for the country’s sake.”


Updated at 4:13pm:

lol:

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Updated at 4:20pm:

Turnbull says Bill Shorten is “unfit to lead”:


Turnbull: “It is clear what will happen [if Tony Abbott remains Prime Minister]. Abbott will cease to be prime minster, and we will have Shorten.”

Updated at 4:27pm:

Turnbull: “We have lost 30 news polls in a row. It is clear the people have made up their mind about Abbott’s leadership.”

Updated at 4:32pm:

ENJOY THIS BLAST FROM THE PAST:

Updated at 4:33pm:

Oh my god just look at that smile:



Updated at 4:37pm:

Can we get this trending? #Netflixandspill.



Updated at 4:39pm

Just realised we should probably let y’all know that Turnbull is conferring with colleagues and such. Also this:


Updated at 4:43pm:

It’s expected that the vote will take place Tuesday morning:

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Picture: Stefan Postles.