Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his new federal cabinet during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, in this September 20, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/David Gray/Files
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday ruled out a rise in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) under pressure from within his own party, further raising the possibility that he may dissolve parliament and call a snap election.Beyond the budget Turnbull, who ousted Tony Abbott last year in a party coup, is facing a number of rear-guard actions from his party's conservative wing, led by Abbott, on a range of social issues including climate change and same sex marriage.More worryingly for the government, however, is the growing perception that Turnbull lacks either the conviction or the ability to replace Abbott's unpopular policies with his own solutions.Turnbull's decision to banish key Abbott loyalists from cabinet while at the same time abandoning his pet social issues to placate the conservative wing is raising questions about his control over his own government.
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