Deputy PM Warren Truss says Abbott is doing 'good job'

Warren Truss.
Warren Truss. Contributed

THE Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Warren Truss has weighed into the speculation surrounding Tony Abbott's future, indicating removing the Prime Minister could amount to a breach of the Coalition agreement.

Mr Truss, meeting with Nationals MPs in Albury today, told the first party room meeting that the agreement to form government between the Liberal and Nationals parties was a personal agreement between Mr Abbott and himself.

He said if Mr Abbott was removed from the Prime Minister's Office, that deal would have to be renegotiated with the new Liberal leader.

Some Nationals MPs, particularly in Queensland, have voiced concerns about Mr Abbott's leadership, especially in the fallout from the LNP's loss at the state election last week.

But despite backbench pressure for a change of Liberal leader, Mr Truss said that all Coalition members should "support the leader' and "make it clear that they will back this government".

He said the Liberal leadership was an issue for the Liberal party, but he'd made it "absolutely clear" he was happy to work with Mr Abbott and he would "like his leadership to continue".



However, Mr Truss said the agreement to form government between the two parties was an agreement personally between Mr Abbott and himself.

Mr Truss said that agreement would have to be renegotiated, according to the terms of the agreement, but he did not think it was an issue.

His comments came as Treasurer Joe Hockey also issued a warning to more junior Liberal MPs, urging them to "focus on the job you have to do to build prosperity".

"Stop engaging in commentary on colleagues, stop engaging in commentary on the leadership," Mr Hockey said.

The leadership is expected to be raised in a Liberal Party meeting in Canberra on Tuesday after parliament resumes on Monday.

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