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Tony Abbott hits back at former Attorney-General over leadership criticism

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hit back at George Brandis after the former Attorney-General criticised his leadership qualities.

Mr Brandis, who is now Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, said Mr Abbott’s values were “out of sync” with modern Australia.

The comments haven’t been received lightly by the former PM, who’s come out swinging.

“The first question to ask is why is someone who is now a public servant in London breaking all the conventions about public servants not speaking out on party political matters,” Mr Abbott tells Ben Fordham.

Mr Abbott has questioned why the former Attorney-General would serve under him as leader if what he says were true.

“What kind of an individual believing that serves in the leadership group of the person that he’s so criticised?

“He’s got a few questions to ask himself, this individual, about what kind of a character he really is.”

On the dual-citizenship saga, Mr Abbott says the Liberal party should contest all five seats in the upcoming by-elections.

“We’ve got a good chance in some of them.”

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