TONY Abbott has fronted the media for the first time since being defeated by Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership spill overnight.
“My pledge today is to make this change as easy as I can,” Mr Abbott said.
“There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping. I’ve never leaked or backgrounded against anyone. And I certainly won’t start now.”
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“Our country deserves better than that. I want our government and our country to succeed. I always have and I always will.”
“I’ve consistently said in opposition and in government that being the Prime Minister is not an end in itself; it’s about the people you serve.”
“The great privilege that I have had is to see the wonder of this country like few others. And I want to thank the Australian people for giving me the honour to serve.”
“Yes, this is a tough day, but when you join the game, you accept the rules.”
Abbott was defeated 54-44 in a party room vote on Monday night.