The Turnbull Government has suffered yet another internal blow with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott backing fellow conservatives to undermine the Government's proposed changes to superannuation.
Tony Abbott's latest intervention supports other Government MPs including South Australian Tony Pasin, George Christensen, Trent Zimmerman, Michelle Landry and Ian MacDonald to rail again Scott Morrison’s embattled super reforms.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly assured Australians that the super reforms outlined in the Budget and taken to the election were "iron-clad” but that commitment is being ripped to shreds by MP's loyal to Tony Abbott.
It is clear from the superannuation shambles that members of the Government would rather fight each other than put the "moral challenge of budget repair" first.
Labor is up for serious reform and having a responsible discussion with the Government over how to make the super system fairer.
Labor’s plan delivers more budget savings than the Government’s without retrospectivity, improving the Budget by $238 million over the forward estimates and $4.4 billion over the medium term. This is above and beyond the savings claimed by the Liberals but set to be undermined by their own infighting.
After a week of challenges to the Prime Minister's authority, including clashes with conservative MPs over 18C reforms, the stuff up on the floor of the house leading to the Government losing votes and now the Abbott outbreak on superannuation, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have lost control of their government.
Malcolm Turnbull is in office but is clearly not in power.
SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Senator Katy Gallagher is Labor's Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services.