Tony Abbott hits back at Malcolm Turnbull…. again

Since Malcolm Turnbull rolled Tony Abbott in September 2015 we’ve become used to seeing them battle it out with a
Former PM Tony Abbott has hit back at PM Malcolm Turnbull a few times in the public arena. Source: YouTube

Since Malcolm Turnbull rolled Tony Abbott in September 2015 we’ve become used to seeing them battle it out with a war of words in the public arena.

Both have been critical of each other’s government’s since, and it’s lead to all kinds of accusations – including claims that Abbott wants his old job back.

But if you were thinking 2017 might be different, think again.

On Wednesday, Turnbull promoted Arthur Sinodinos to the role of Industry Minister, but it’s what he said in his speech that has Abbott talking.

“As Cabinet Secretary, Arthur restored traditional cabinet processes,” Turnbull told the ABC.

“That being done, he can now turn his talents to a frontline portfolio and the Cabinet Secretary function can return to the Prime Ministers’ Office, as has been the practice of Coalition governments in the past.”

So, what was Abbott unhappy about with that speech?

Well, it seems he took Turnbull’s comment about restoring “traditional cabinet processes” as a swipe at his time as Prime Minister.

Abbott said it was “absolutely false” to say cabinet processes needed improving after his time as Prime Minister

“As I have said to the Prime Minister on many times, I will defend the record of my government,” he told the ABC.

“It was a very good government β€” sure it only lasted two years β€” but an enormous amount was done in just two years.

“You don’t have such a record of success without a very strong and orthodox cabinet process.”

He also defended himself on Twitter.

“I congratulate the new ministers on their promotion,” he wrote.

“but should point out that traditional cabinet processes operated at all times between 2013 and 2015.

“A govt without proper process would not have stopped the boats, concluded the big FTAs and made a very strong start to budget repair.”


What do you make of Tony Abbott’s response to Malcolm Turnbull? Are you happy with the behaviour of the former or current Prime Minister?

  1. Bruce  

    The Liberals need to get rid of Turnbull and bring back Abbott but keep him away from the media behind closed doors so he can’t put his foot in his mouth or be portrayed as a buffoon. We need someone to just get on with running the country without being distracted by media cameo appearances or worrying about the latest sensationalised media beat up.

    • Zeehan  

      Whether they need Tony Abbott back as PM, I’m not sure whether he would want the job again. But they definitely need to get rid of the hapless and hopeless Turnbull. I will not vote Liberal until that treacherous man is gone. He lost 1.5 million Lib votes at the election which mostly went to One Nation. The same is going to happen in the Western Australia and Queensland elections. All because of Turnbull and his ego the size of Texas.

    • Anna Welles  

      Tony Abbott should take the advice he gave to the Donald Trump detractors: there is a new leader, accept the fact and get on with it. Give it a rest Tony, get behind Turnbull because the way things are going, all the Coallition members will have “Opposition” in front of their portfolios if things don’t start improving. Swallow your ego and show some support for your party. If you can’t, resign from politics.

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  3. Bruce Taylor  

    Anybody would be an improvement on Abbot. I am not at all impressed with Turnbull but at least he has done a better job. The main problem with this country is that there is nobody in federal politics with the vision and honesty to lead the country. It is sad to be forced to vote for people who on the liberal side are in the pockets of the major polluters and on the labor side the unions.
    I seriously doubt that there are more than two or three people who are genuilely there because they want to do something for their country,

    • Alan Gall  

      Read the financial news. Every day there is unethical, criminal and questionable conduct by businesses and their senior people. Up to billions in fines. Let’s see what problems unions are responsible for and deal with them but in my experience they are not the bad guys (nor most in business).

  4. Ron Pearson  

    When are the liberal party going to unite behind their leader, it’s turned out that Abbott and the hard hard ridiculous right can’t except that they are not front and centre, I’ve voted liberal for the last 40 years, but what I’m seeing now well it just begs belief, and when they lose government they will blame the leader, when in fact it will be all about them.

  5. Michael Cole  

    Would have Abbott over Turnbull at the drop of a hat…LNP will lose the next election and quite rightly so…Turnbull wont lose as he will be gone by then…Turnbull learnt nothing from his disastrous ” victory ” at the last election…A big broom is going to sweep through Australian politics in the next few years

    • Margaret  

      Well said Michael Cole, the sooner Turnbull goes the better. He is a snake in the grass if ever I’ve seen one.

  6. Truth 13  

    Abbott is trying his best to do a “Rudd”. One advantage he has is, Turnbull is as popular as Julia Gillard, when Rudd toppled her. If Tony wait for about another 12 to 15 months, Turnbull will be thrown out, specially by the, now “discriminated, tax paid, retired, who worked hard & build the country, but now denied any pension, while the politicians are RIPPING off the country, and even some, like Joe Hockey at 51 years, getting a government pension, while on a $400,000 pay. At the next election 35% of the over 60 year old, will THROW the Liberals. There is a good possibility, Pauline Hanson will have more members in the parliament, and will ask any party to “Please Explain”. The whole parliament will be in a utter mess, thanks to LNP.

    • J.Loehr  

      Now that sounds to me as being a fair comment Truth13 lately i hear nothing but polies ripping us the Tax payer off

  7. [email protected]  

    Beware a failed, frustrated jesuit priest. Beware all fundamentalist god botherers. We should be living in a secular Australia.

  8. Denise  

    Tony Abbott was great. Unfortunately he’s an extravert who has to work out what he’s saying as he says it – that’s why he sometimes um’s and ah’s but what he says makes sense, Malcolm Turnbull is obviously an introvert, as he knows what he’s saying as he says it. That is Tony Abbott’s only downfall – very annoying as he is a good leader and a good politician with good ideas for the country. What has Malcolm done for us lately, or at all?

    • Josephine B  

      I wish Malcolm Turncoat (Turnbull) would take a leaf out of Tony’s book “on ya bike, Mike (Mal) and take a hike” at least Tony has done more and that’s not just on his bike.

  9. Both Abbott and Turnbull have tried, but have succeed and failed on many occasions to be the leader while down playing their own party. Time for Abbott to go away as Turnbull will soon be following. Both spoke BIG and both failed BIG. Getting tired of the petty insult trading process.

  10. Peter  

    At the moment I am disappointed in both men . mr Abbott couldn’t string two words together , fear on saying anything Mr Turnbull can’t do anything , because the Abbott supporters won’t help him pass anything .

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