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Just when we thought things were settling down in the Liberal Party, more rumours of discontent surface. This time there are whispers that ex-PM Tony Abbott hasn’t given up his leadership aspirations.

With Turnbull’s popularity soaring, it seems unlikely a leadership challenge is on its way anytime soon. However, reports that the former PM remains angry after four weeks on the backbench, and has allegedly not yet let go of hopes that he can get his old job back.

While he has been toeing the party line as a backbencher, the former PM reportedly continues to discuss his leadership prospects privately among colleagues. He is being encouraged by a small group of sympathetic supporters within the Liberal party, and talking almost daily with advisor and former chief of staff Peta Credlin.

News Limited estimates that Abbott doesn’t have the numbers to directly challenge Turnbull, but still has “enough to cause mischief”.

Three possible points of contention include climate change, same-sex marriage and Australia as a republic – three extremely divisive subjects on which Turnbull, still settling into his role, has been very careful. A misstep in any of these areas could encourage the more right-leaning members of the party to seek change.

If Mr Abbott does try and make a comeback, he has history on his side. After all, the leadership of both parties seesawed back and forward in recent times; this is second time Mr Turnbull has been leader of the Liberal Party. Even John Howard lost his leadership before going on to become Prime Minister.

Mr Abbott has publicly said he will make a decision on his own political future by Christmas.

Do you believe these rumours? Is Tony Abbott really considering a comeback? Do you believe it would be right to challenge Turnbull’s leadership, or have you had enough of in-party fighting?

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  1. In his head yes but in Australia’s opinion – good riddance.

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  2. No way !!!!….Might be a nice guy but definitely not Prime Minister material ….

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    • Anyone with his human rites history is NOT a good guy. He is evil

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      • To be taken seriously Sue you must learn to spell ” Rights not rites” only a small thing but it shows your lack of education.

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        • I think you should come up with a better argument than picking on someone’s spelling. Tony Abbott has done more harm in the human rights area than any other prime minister.
          Most of the families he has ripped apart have farther reaching families and friends who are voters. Do the world a favour Abbott and crawl back into the hole where you belong. You are an evil man and I hope karma deals you the blow you deserve

        • Thank you Peter…….. On reading these comments; the bad grammar, wrongly spelt words, and almost complete lack of punctuation, I wonder how “informed” many people are, really, with this obvious lack of basic education. I know these are only opinions, but popularised generalisations are rife here, so it’s best to read the comments of few unbiased journalists to form a more accurate view. Well that’s only my opinion of course!

  3. The sitting Prime Minister should remain in his job until he looses an election.

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    • You would rather he stayed in the job and lost to the Labour Party? That makes a lot of sense. The party elected him as leader (not us) and the party got rid of him. Get a grip.

    • We have to make our governments more stable and the convention should be changed to reflect that. Of the Commonwealth countries we must be the Banana Republic.

    • If that’s the case Abbott should still be Prime Minister! As for News Limited, what the heck do they know? Sick of media speculation and causing mischief. As for staying on and going against Shorten! Bring it on.Short on everything Shorten couldn’t run a chook raffle let alone the country. We saw how good he was with the unions! Not!

  4. The same old Tony Abbott and why he should never come back. His delusions run deep.

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    • I have been out shopping all day and what a face to come home too..I say YES..let him come back that will Guarantee a win for the ALP.

  5. Never had it never will the only second chance I’d want for him is to give me another shot at him I missed the first shot.

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    • Just curious, what damage?

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      • Australia has become an absolute joke in the area of human rights thanks to this evil creep. Perhaps you should read the papers. Any government who feels the need to introduce a whistleblowers law has something evil to hide

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