Liberal Party votes to privatise ABC, move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

The Liberal Party has voted in favour of privatising the ABC, seeking to reduce taxpayer costs by selling off the public broadcaster.

The vote passed with a ratio of 2:1, but no clear plan for how it will be sold or for what price has been laid out yet.

High profile Liberal members have spoken out against a sale though, including Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“The government has no plans to privatise the ABC,” Mr Morrison said to reporters.

“I know some out there might think the Labor Party already owns it, but certainly not the government and it’s important that people understand this position.”

High profile conservatives have been increasingly calling for a sell off of the ABC, with the Institute of Public Affairs labelling it as “a $1 billion public policy initiative that is increasingly out of date”.

There were calls for an efficiency review into the SBS as well.

The council also voted in favour of moving the Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with the motion passing 43 to 31, though the move is opposed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

This move echoes US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

At the meeting former Prime Minister John Howard spoke in favour of current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, expressing confidence he can win the next election.

“I think Malcolm Turnbull will win the next election, I think things are going better now than they have been for the last six months,” he said.

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