Lindsay MP Fiona Scott has paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
“This morning many Australians have woken up to a new Australian Prime Minister,” Ms Scott said.
“Politics is a tough calling, and few have worn the slings and arrows with the enduring courage, resilience and dignity like Tony Abbott.
“Tony is a very decent person, a passionate, humble and honourable man. It saddens me many Australians believed a caricature of Tony, rather than getting to know the real man.”
Ms Scott would not confirm who she voted for in last night’s leadership ballot, but said it was an emotional day.
“Like so many Australians, I too have mixed emotions and am sad by what unfolded yesterday here in Canberra,” she said.
“I am still so optimistic about the future of our country and in particular our region. I am confident Malcolm Turnbull will continue in the work to inspire our nation in realising our great and dynamic future.
“This is the work of not just the Prime Minister, political parties or politicians, but of all Australians. I believe those who throw the arrows really need to also catch them. I believe the future success of our nation will only be diminished by those who do not also put their shoulder to the wheel and work for a united and better future.
“From the bottom of my heart I say thank you Tony.”