Malcolm Turnbull denies claims of Abbott insurgency

Malcolm Turnbull has laughed off claims he is facing an insurgency led by Tony Abbott.

Speaking to the ABC’s 7.30 program Mr Turnbull responded “of course not” to the suggestion that Mr Abbott was leading an insurgency against him.

He said despite ousting Mr Abbott, the pair had spoken and can work together.


“Look, Tony and I obviously have had some differences at different times, but we’ve known each other for a very long time and we have been and always will be able to have a very cordial discussion,” Mr Turnbull said.

The Prime Minister also touched on the controversial topic of ISIL, with former defence minister Kevin Andrew and Abbott campaigning against him for a tougher approach, calling for ground troops in Syria.

“If you’re going back to the security situation in Syria, people are entitled to express the view that there should be a large Western military force, boots on the ground”

“They’re entitled to express that view. But that’s an opinion,” the PM said.