Aussie PM behind patronising Patrick’s Day video given the boot

Tony Abbot
Tony Abbot

Australia's beleaguered prime minister has been ousted from his position by an internal government challenge, and the party's former leader has been elected to replace him.

Tony Abbott lost a leadership ballot by members of his conservative party following the second challenge to his position this year.

The change in leadership comes as the two-year-old conservative coalition government struggles in opinion polls.

Liberal Party whip Scott Buchholz told reporters that lawmakers voted 54 to 44 to replace Mr Abbott with his chief rival, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The vote continues an extraordinarily volatile period in Australian politics. Mr Turnbull becomes Australia's fourth prime minister in just over two years.

Mr Abbot aired a message for St Patrick's day in March of this year which has been described as 'patronising'.