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A key Tony Abbott ally has welcomed the former prime minister’s decision to stay in politics, dismissing suggestions the dumped ex-Liberal leader will seek to destabilise the government like Kevin Rudd did.
Senator Eric Abetz, a former cabinet minister and leader of the government in the Senate, said Mr Abbott had many “good years of service” left in him.
“Tony Abbott is absolutely no Kevin Rudd and therefore, I believe those sorts of analogies are not appropriate in any way, shape or form,” he told ABC radio.
“Kevin Rudd was always about one thing only: Kevin Rudd. Whereas Tony Abbott has always been about one thing, namely the Australian people.”
Mr Abbot, who ended months of speculation over his future on Sunday night, said on Monday morning that he wanted to be discreet about his decision to recontest the safe Sydney seat of Warringah.
“Look, I wanted to keep my renomination as low key as possible so I don’t really have anything to say over and above the statement I put out last night,” he told reporters after his morning bike ride.
Mr Abbott and Mr Rudd are the only former prime ministers since the 1970s to recontest an election following their demotion.
Labor said Mr Abbott’s announcement demonstrated the Liberal Party was “totally obsessed with itself”.
“As hard as Malcolm Turnbull tries to get rid of Tony Abbott, he just can’t. He’s worse than the Terminator, he just keeps coming back,” a spokesman for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
Mr Abetz, who has previously called for Mr Abbott to be given a position on the frontbench, said the former prime minister was not driven by the leadership, seeing it as a privilege and part of his service.
“It should not be destabilising for anybody that an elected parliamentarian aged only 58 is deciding to continue his service to the Australian people,” Mr Abetz said.
Revealing his decision to stay on, Mr Abbott said that 22 years in Parliament had been a great honour and he looked forward to working on local transport projects with NSW Premier Mike Baird.
“I said that I would spend some time talking to family, trusted colleagues and local Liberals about my future. I have been heartened by the support and encouragement I’ve received to continue to serve the country as a member of Parliament,” he said in a statement.
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