Tony Abbott Launches Community Campaign In Warringah

The former PM wants voters to re-elect him as their local MP.

15/05/2016 10:27 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
Tony Abbott has talked up his local credentials in Sydney.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has officially started his local election campaign as he fights to retain his Sydney seat of Warringah.

It's the first time Abbott has kicked off a community campaign in the blue-ribbon Liberal electorate in almost a decade.

Abbott on Sunday addressed an enthusiastic crowd at the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club on the northern beaches where he has been campaigning this week.

"There is so much for all of us to do between now and July 2 because the last thing that this country needs is more taxing, more unsustainable spending and more boats," he told the rally.

"As we have seen, candidate after candidate and member after member of Bill Shorten's team are saying that they don't actually support his policy to keep our border safe.

"I stand before you at the beginning of my ninth election campaign in 22 years once again asking for your support to be a strong local member."

Earlier this week, Abbott told News Corp Australia he was ready to get behind Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"It's a difficult job, as I know only too well. But Malcolm certainly has the intellect and the experience to do it very well," he said.

"All I want to do is give him encouragement."

Turnbull shift his focus to health policy on day 8 of the marathon election campaign, announcing an extra $54 million worth of assistance for diabetes sufferers in the form of glucose monitors.

"We expect an estimate that 4000 children and young people, aged up to 20 years of age, will be taking advantage of this," he said in Sydney.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Bill Shorten was in the northern NSW seat of Richmond.

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