Things can be a bit upside-down when you’re “Down Under.” In Australia, the so-called Liberal Party is actually conservative. But one thing crystal clear is that Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party’s leader, is now Australia’s prime minister, and he’s preparing some major housecleaning — beginning with the “absolute crap” of this thing called climate change, Business Insider reported.
Abbott’s victory marked the end of a turbulent six-year reign by the Labour Party, and as depicted in the video below, he told a crowded room of supporters in his Saturday victory speech that “from today, I declare that Australia is under new management and Australia is once more open for business.”
Abbott promised to restore Australia’s political order and deal with those arriving by boat seeking asylum. But the biggest change would be scrapping Australia’s climate change carbon tax.
Business Insider reported that Abbott told the Pyrenes Advocate:
The argument is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty percent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.
The Huffington Post, reporting on the election wrote.
Election officials said with about 80 percent of the vote counted, Abbott’s Liberal-National Party coalition had won around 52.6 percent of the national vote, and projected it would win at least 88 seats in the 150-seat parliament.
Abbott could end up with a majority of around 30 seats, ending the country’s first minority government since World War Two. Labor had relied upon independent and Greens support for the past three years.
Abbott promised to begin the changes immediately upon assuming office.
“In three years’ time, the carbon tax will be gone,” he pledged during his acceptance speech.