Libs urge Abbott to back leader
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.