If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.
If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM. Chris Ison

Is it time to bring Tony Abbott back off the bench?

TONY Abbott should be brought back into Malcolm Turnbull's ministry following the shock departure of Jamie Briggs and Mal Brough, his supporters say.

Former employment minister Eric Abetz, a political ally of Mr Abbott, said the former prime minister should be considered as part of a government reshuffle, the ABC reported.

He told Newsradio he would welcome Mr Abbott's return to Cabinet.

"I'm on the record as saying that I believe Tony Abbott has more to offer public life in Australia," he said.

"I hope that he stays in the Parliament and I hope that there will be a place for him, a prominent place for him, in any future ministry should he decide to stay."

That call has been echoed by Nationals Senator John Williams, who told RN Breakfast he would welcome Mr Abbott's return to the frontbench.

"If Tony Abbott went back into cabinet it would be a good way to heal the wounds of the past," he said.

But prospect of Mr Abbott returning to the frontbench was downplayed by Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Should Tony Abbott be given a Ministry by Malcolm Turnbull?

This poll ended on 07 January 2016.

Current Results

Yes. He still has plenty to offer

40%

No. Abbott was the worst PM we had

52%

Yes. It would help heal the rift in the party

3%

Yes. He's better than Mal Brough

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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