Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Sharyn O'Neill

Abbott's office shrugs off claim he wants to be PM again

THE office of Tony Abbott has labelled a report about a renewed push to take on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as "fanciful", after Liberal sources reportedly said the former PM was being urged to retake the leadership.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday night that party sources were saying Mr Abbott's former chief of staff Peta Credlin was encouraging him to stay in politics and again fight to lead the country.

NewsCorp also reported that Mr Abbott was expected to again run for his seat at Warringah. 

Since his ousting, the former PM has said he was yet to make a decision about his future in politics.

The report also quotes "a Liberal powerbroker" as saying that Mr Abbott was understood to be increasingly bitter and resentful about his position in politics.

A spokesman for Mr Abbott told the media today the report was "fanciful".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was not convinced, however.

He likened Mr Abbott to the Terminator in an interview with ABC radio in Cairns.

"I don't know about you, but like many Australians, I share the relief that Tony Abbott's gone although I notice today that a bit like the Terminate, he's vowing to have Tony Abbott 2.0, he will be back," he said.


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