Former PM’s Chief of Staff says she has no intention of entering politics

The chief of staff of ousted prime minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, says the past week following the Liberals’ leadership coup has been tough, especially for her family.

Tony Abbott’s chief of staff will not “kick” the party or new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “on my way out”.

“I think that’s undignified,” Ms Credlin said on Tuesday while on a panel at the Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future awards, aired by Australia’s Public Affairs Channel.


Ms Credlin said she never wanted a public profile.

And she refused to be “defined by insider gossip from unnamed sources where no one has the guts to put their name to it”.

“If you’re a cabinet minister or a journalist and you’re intimidated by the chief of staff of the prime minister, maybe you don’t deserve your job,” she said, earning a scattering of applause from the audience.

Ms Credlin scoffed at reports she was planning to run for politics, saying she wants to move on with her life and do something where I get my own voice.