Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Gladstone
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Gladstone Mike Richards GLA

Tony Abbott is not going away, will re-contest his seat

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott will re-contest his seat of Warringah in inner-city Sydney at the next federal election.

Mr Abbott made the announcement via his website on Sunday evening, vowing to continue to serve the seat he has held for 22 years.

After being ousted in September by then-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Abbott has spent months discussing his future with family and colleagues.

His statement read:


After leaving the prime ministership, 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. 

Therefore, I am renominating to represent the people of Warringah for another term as their Liberal MP.

I am proud of my work to establish the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust that has done so much to improve the amenity of former military land on North Head, Middle Head and Georges Heights.

Should I be renominated and elected, I am looking forward to working with Premier Mike Baird to ensure that the Warringah Peninsula gets better transport links to the rest of Sydney.

Should I be renominated and elected, I am looking forward to working with Premier Mike Baird to ensure that the Warringah Peninsula gets better transport links to the rest of Sydney.

It has been a great honour to serve the people of Warringah for 22 years and I hope to retain their trust and confidence.


The statement makes no mention of the government, nor the man who took his seat. It focuses entirely on the work he can do for his seat.

Only New South Wales Premier Mike Baird referred to by name.

As Prime Minister, Tony Abbott was consistently unpopular. The Coalition has since gained a powerful lead over the Labor Opposition.

A Seven/ReachTel poll late last week showed the Coalition leading Labor 55% TO 45% on a two-party preferred basis, while 80.8% preferred Mr Turnbull as leader over Labor's Bill Shorten.

By comparison, when Mr Abbott was shunted from the leadership, ReachTel found was trailing Mr Shorten's popularity 42.1% to 57.9%.



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