Bitter Abbott slams party for dumping him as leader

2015-09-29 09:16
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.(Xinhua, Xu Haijing, AP)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.(Xinhua, Xu Haijing, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - Tony Abbott slammed his party colleagues on Tuesday for dumping him as Australian prime minister two weeks ago, declaring he could have won the next election.

Speaking in a live interview for the first time since he was ousted in a surprise challenge by Malcolm Turnbull, Abbott said Australia had a problem as it was changing leaders "like you might change your clothes to suit the fashion".

"The last four changes of prime minister, only one has been at the hands of the people," Abbott said, referring to the way Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd mid-term, and then Rudd in turn replaced Gillard.

"The difficulty with the revolving door prime ministership is that government can't do what is necessary for the long term good of our country if you're subject to death by polls and then ultimately a party room coup," Abbott said in a lengthy interview with conservative 2GB commercial radio.

Abbott's government had been behind the Labor opposition in opinion polls for 16 months before Turnbull challenged him for the leadership of the Liberal party. Since then Turnbull's government has jumped ahead of Labor in the polls. An election is due within 12 months.

Abbott conceded he had never been a popular leader according to the polls, but he was confident he would have won the next election had he been kept on as prime minister.

He avoided naming Turnbull, but said the government had not changed any of his policies since he was ousted.

Abbott said he would not be leaving public life but would make a decision before Christmas on whether to stay in parliament.

"I'm too young to retire, I've still got something to contribute in public life," Abbott said.

Read more on:    malcolm turnbull  |  tony abbott  |  australia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content this holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.