Malcolm Turnbull has returned to Australia after fleeing controversially to New York to avoid partial election in his former Wentworth seat.
While the Liberal Party was preparing for a probable defeat, the party faithful blamed the deposed prime minister for not publicly endorsing Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma.
Turnbull left parliament in August, prompting a partial election at his headquarters in Wentworth, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, which saw the Liberal Party suffer 19 percent against him on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Scott Morrison without most.
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Malcolm Turnbull (photographed at the Sydney airport with his wife Lucy) has returned to Australia after fleeing controversially to New York to avoid partial election at his former Wentworth headquarters
The billionaire former prime minister, Mr. Turnbull and his wife Lucy had stayed in a luxurious $ 4.5 million apartment in Manhattan in the months leading up to the by-election.
After flying to Sydney from Singapore on Monday, Mr. Turnbull told the media that the couple "was here in private on a break."
He reportedly rejected several requests from the interior government asking him to publicly support Sharma, a former diplomat.
Sharma made one last attempt to get Turnbull's public endorsement last week, and called the former prime minister on Thursday night, but to no avail, The Australian reported.
Kerryn Phelps, high profile and independent, led Dave Sharma of the Liberal Party, with 51 to 49 percent, after the preferences, after a 19 percent primary vote against the government in the partial election of the weekend .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison blamed the gigantic coup that Turnbull was undermined by Interior Minister Peter Dutton, who launched two leadership challenges in three days in August.
He described the loss of Mr. Turnbull's Wentworth as a "great price" to pay in the last coup d'etat of the leadership, leaving many of them in the anticipated federal elections.
The polls on Saturday were filled with people who handled cardboard cutouts of the former leader with the words "Where is Malcolm?".
Apparently, his only public movement around citicism, Turnbull liked a tweet from the independent candidate Kerryn Phelps, but then he did not like it.
The tweet stated that the supporters of Dr. Phelps "no longer asked" where Mr. Turnbull was, but that & # 39; Waiting for a strong independent victory & # 39;
The polls on Saturday were filled with people who were handling cardboard cutouts of the former leader with the words "Where is Malcolm?" (in the photo)
Meanwhile, apparently, his only public move around citicism, Turnbull liked a tweet from the independent candidate Kerryn Phelps, but then he did not like it.
Supporters of Dr. Phelps, who carries nearly 1,600 votes, used Mr. Turnbull's absence from the political scene as fuel for his agenda.
He remained silent before the crucial partial election of the weekend and made no public announcement in favor of the party leader, Mr. Morrison.
Instead, his son, Alex Turnbull, urged voters to support independent Dr. Phelps, calling his early victory "a great day for Australian democracy."
Turnbull maintained an orderly advantage in the popularity vote at Wentworth before he was fired as prime minister and forced to resign his seat.
He had a liberal leadership of almost 18 percent in a bipartisan preferential vote.
However, all hope for Mr. Morrison has not been lost, with more than 1,000 postal and pre-election votes still to be counted.
Instead, his son, Alex Turnbull (pictured), urged voters to support independent Dr. Phelps, calling his early victory "a great day for Australian democracy."