Turnbull gives a good incentive to roll him

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Malcolm Turnbull gives Liberals a real good incentive to roll him as the civil war between him and Tony Abbot increases:

Malcolm Turnbull says he sympathises with Tony Abbott after ousting him as leader and has vowed to quit politics if he were to lose the prime ministership.

A year after the Coalition’s narrow election victory, the Prime Minister said he understood the difficulty that Mr Abbott has had adjusting to life as a backbencher. “It is a big wrench going from being leader to not, I understand that,” he told News Corp Sunday newspapers.

Amid tensions after a number of interventions by Mr Abbott, the PM refused to comment on whether Mr Abbott should leave the parliament, But he did speak candidly about his own future.

“When I cease to be Prime Minister, I will cease to be a Member of Parliament. I am not giving anyone else advice but I just think that’s what I would do,” Mr Turnbull pledged.

Mr Turnbull pointed to the resignation of former New Zealand prime minister John Key — who left politics months after standing down from the top job — as an example of a good political exit.

But, at 62, Mr Turnbull said he had no plans to retire any time soon, describing himself as a “happy Prime Minister”.

Despite trailing in the polls, Mr Turnbull said he had proven his critics wrong, claiming he made the right decision in calling a double-dissolution election last year because the government had passed more legislation through the parliament in the past 12 months than in the three years prior.

But on the election anniversary, he admitted his party had made some potentially disastrous mistakes during last year’s campaign, including underestimating the impact of Labor’s “Mediscare” campaign, which he said was “extraordinarily effective in the last week”.

“It was so outrageous that we underestimated it and a lot of people in the media discounted it as just being outrageous — it showed that you can’t make those assumptions.”

The problem for Tony Abbott is almost no one is backing him, and no one wants a coup.



-The Australian

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