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Leadership spill called off as Premier gets tough

The mutiny on Macquarie Street has failed with a leadership spill against Gladys Berejiklian called off at the last minute.

Three rogue Liberal MPs were set to move the motion this morning, unhappy at the Premier’s handling of the abortion bill.

But the Premier has faced the challenge head-on, with Ray Hadley revealing she demanded any such motion be held as a show of hands rather than a secret ballot.

The move has scared off any support for the rebel MPs and killed the plan.

Tanya Davies, Matthew Mason-Cox and Lou Amato have now released a statement confirming as much.

“Since releasing our statement last night, we have received confirmation that further concessions will be forthcoming in relation to amendments to the Abortion Bill.

On this basis I have called the Premier this morning and advised her that we will withdraw the spill motion to continue negotiations prior to the debate in the upper house commencing later today.”

There was speculation conservative MPs could move to the crossbench following the failed mutiny.

More to come…

 

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