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THE FEDERAL government has hit back over its three-seat failure in the Super Saturday by-elections, saying “no one should be punching the air in the Labor Party”.

Speaking on ABC’s Insiders this morning, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne rejected suggestions that the horror results reflected on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

He also defended the party’s controversial company tax cuts policy and Liberal candidate for Mayo, Georgina Downer.

ON TURNBULL’S LEADERSHIP

Asked whether the Prime Minister now regrets making the by-election a test of his leadership against Bill Shorten, Mr Pyne said the results were simply keeping with tradition.

“What (Turnbull) said, to be fair, is that by-elections are a mixture of different issues — local issues, national issues, leadership issues, candidate issues,” Mr Pyne told the ABC.

“He didn’t make it a test of his leadership, and quite frankly, what’s happened here is that Labor got the average swing in the by-election in Longman, and there was a swing to the government in Braddon.

“They were the two key contests, and actually, the government got a swing to it in Braddon and the average swing in Longman against it.

“So no one should be punching the air in the Labor Party about keeping the 100-year tradition going that governments don’t win by-elections against the Opposition.”

Last week, Mr Turnbull directly linked the outcome of the by-election to his leadership.

“By-elections are a test of policies, they’re a test of leaders, they’re a test of candidates, but there are many issues and people vote with different matters in mind,” he said in Braddon on Thursday.

Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson described the result in Longman as a “debacle” for the Prime Minister.

“This is just impossible to believe,” he told Sky News yesterday. “What’s happening is, One Nation has burrowed out the Liberal vote and it’s just collapsed.

“If you’re putting money on the general election now, you would have to put it on Labor, you’d just have to.”

LABOR DEFENDS SHORTEN’S LEADERSHIP

While there was plenty of speculation about Bill Shorten’s leadership of Labor ahead of the by-elections, the positive result seems to have secured his position.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek told the ABC she “doesn’t think there was ever a genuine problem”, adding that she believes speculation will go away in the wake of the by-election results.

Addressing Mr Pyne’s comments on the by-election results, she said he “deserves credit for being able to see the glass half-full”, describing his responses as “a very Pollyanna-ish performance”.

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Plibersek, typical Labor stalwart.
Pyne is much the same re the LIBS.
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It is quite amusing seeing the Leftards almost wetting their pants with glee. Shortarse is breathing a sigh of relief, apparently.

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