Waiting to see who the leader of the country will be

Irene Relf with her father Clem Wisemantel on Manning Street in Taree. Photo Anne Keen
Irene Relf with her father Clem Wisemantel on Manning Street in Taree. Photo Anne Keen

”It’s bloody stupid.”

That’s how MidCoast Council residents, Clem Wisemantel and his daughter, Irene Relf feel about the potential leadership spill due to be determined at meeting today (August 24).

“It’s making history,” Clem said. “We’ve not had a PM for a full term since John Howard.”

Both Clem and Irene are waiting to see who the next leader of the country will be, with the Liberal Party leadership in question.

“It’s making Australia look stupid,” Irene commented. “There is no interest in looking after the country anymore, it’s all become self-centred.”

So, they will be watching to see if Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull will call a special party meeting, said to be at noon today in Canberra. 

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported the PM has demanded 43 signatures, before calling the meeting.

“I think Malcolm’s going to have some trouble,” Clem said.

It has been reported that Julia Bishop, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton will be in the running for the top job, which Turnbull indicating he will not challenge if the spill goes ahead. 

“I like Julia Bishop in the job she’s in,” Irene said.

As Clem, the almost 92-year-old retired diary farmer, checks his watch, he said “We’ll know after noon.”