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Tony Abbott Promised He'd Never Undermine Malcolm Turnbull. These Are The Times He Has.

Remember when Tony Abbott said there'd be "no wrecking" and "no sniping"?

18/04/2017 1:42 PM AEST | Updated 18/04/2017 2:23 PM AEST
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Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott chats with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

CANBERRA -- He might be the "man with a five-point plan", but Tony Abbott promised there would no sniping.

Bleary-eyed in September 2015, after a raucous farewell in the Ministerial wing, the newly ousted PM also promised "no wrecking" and "no undermining."

Sniping in the traditional sense -- and according to illustrious dictionaries -- is petulant and snide, done anonymously or from a "safe distance".

Now as a backbencher Abbott is definitely more of a keyboard warrior in dishing out advice -- penning many op-eds and frequently firing up his Twitter account -- but he is in plain sight.

Putting aside whether Abbott wants his top job back, and whether telling Turnbull and his senior ministers what to do all the time is a great strategy for a comeback, here are the times the former Prime Minister has put a few thoughts out there on leadership.

To be helpful. And correct the record as Abbott sees it.

Election fever started to come on.

  • October 19, 2016 Tony Abbott said no "serious Coalition government" would allow the importation of rapid-fire weapons;
  • November 9, 2017 The U.S Presidential election happened, and did you see this subtweet?

And there is more help to come as the Member for Warringah now has a two regular spots on Sydney radio and is in high demand for opinion pieces.

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