Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a Coalition joint partyroom meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a Coalition joint partyroom meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Is Tony Abbott the answer to the rise of One Nation?

IF Paul Murray's pub test, conducted last night, at the Maroochydore RSL is anything to go by Tony Abbott may well prove to be the Coalition's answer to countering the resurgence of Pauline Hanson and One Nation.

In a room heavily stacked with faithful from both conservative parties Murray asked for a show of hands on who would be the preferred Prime Minister. 

And while the idea of electing Labor leader Bill Shorten was literally a laughing stock, Malcolm Turnbull was only a touch more popular. 

However when the idea of Abbott making a return was floated there was a massive show of support - and hands. 

While Murray's straw poll does not seem to be indicative of wider voter sentiment, the latest News Poll shows if an election were held tomorrow Labor would trounce the Coaltion winning 16 new seats and forming government, it is perhaps indicative of what is driving many Liberal faithful to join One Nation's ranks.

After all, in a room stacked with Sunshine Coast conservatives more people wanted Pauline Hanson to become PM than the man currently in top job.

And that would seem to be the sentiment Abbott is hoping will catapult him back into the leadership.

The Member for  Warringah launched a blistering attacked against Turnbull last night warning the Coalition was in danger of becoming "Labor lite".

"It wont be easy but it must be possible or our country is doomed to a Shorten Government that will make a bad situation immeasurably worse," Mr Abbott wrote in a book of essays on 'Making Australia Right' edited by author Jim Allan.

"In or out of government, political parties need a purpose. Our politics can't be just a contest of toxic egos or someone's vanity project."

Today Turnbull hit back at the comments saying the man he knifed: "knows exactly what he is doing."

"I don't think Australians are very impressed by that latest outburst and I'm not going to be distracted by it," Turnbull told reporters in Sydney. 

"We all know what it is about. As Mathias Cormann said, it is sad."



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