Week of government infighting reflected in latest poll

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal popularity has dropped as his Liberal-National coalition government is hit by a fresh bout of internal squabbling.

According to some reports, a push is being mounted from within the Liberal Party to get Mr Abbott to take the job ahead of a speculated cabinet reshuffle in September.

Queensland marginal seat holder Michelle Landry, who previous year described the Turnbull Government's performance as "wishy-washy", has become the first Coalition MP to publicly urge Mr Abbott to take the highly coveted position in London.

Ms Landry and others said they had heard Mr Abbott could replace Alexander Downer for the $300,000-a-year job in London.

READ: Landry backs Abbott after leadership spill.

Mr Abbott was in fact born in London to a British father and Australian mother, the family moving to Australia when he was a toddler.

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is one of Australia's most coveted post-political life postings. Mr Abbott later returned to Britain to study at Oxford University.

Mr Shorten's gap with Mr Turnbull, who is due to hold talks in the United Kingdom with Prime Minister Theresa May this week after attending the Group of 20 summit in Germany, has narrowed to 8 percentage points.

Recent political wins have done little to boost Turnbull or the wider Coalition's numbers, with former PM Tony Abbott running a vocal campaign against his own party.

"We need to make Australia work again", he said in a speech to the Institute of Public Affairs in Brisbane in June.

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