Libs urge Ab­bott to back leader

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

LIB­ER­ALS are call­ing for an “out of con­trol” Tony Ab­bott to show his sup­port for Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull.

Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son, In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Arthur Sin­odi­nos and Vic­to­rian state direc­tor Michael Kroger have pub­licly called for unity be­hind Mr Turn­bull and urged fel­low MPs to fo­cus on gov­ern­ing.

As Mr Sin­odi­nos, a se­nior fig­ure in the Howard gov­ern­ment, said yes­ter­day that Mr Ab­bott could not be con­trolled, Mr Turn­bull said he in­tended to be in the top job for “a very long time”, adding his age, 62, did not make him too old.

“I will be run­ning at the 2019 elec­tion and will win. So that’s my com­mit­ment,” he said.

Mr Kroger said “as much as we ad­mire and love Tony”, the sit­u­a­tion “can­not con­tinue”.

“Ev­ery­one’s got to get be­hind Mal­colm Turn­bull and forge on for the next elec­tion, which some peo­ple spec­u­late could be next year,” he told Sky News.

Mr Ab­bott has ar­gued fac­tions are caus­ing mem­bers to leave, with can­di­dates cho­sen by fac­tional bosses sup­ported ahead of com­mu­nity fig­ures.

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