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George Christensen gives Tony Abbott one last chance

Would you like Tony Abbott to remain as prime minister?

This poll ended on 05 February 2015.

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Yes

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The Federal Member for Dawson said that as a National Party member he wouldn't get a say about who would be the leader of the Liberal Party, but he knew "the dogs were barking".

"We'll be closely watching, including me, as to where the Government goes to from here," Mr Christensen said.

"It's quite obvious in the press that the dogs are barking, it just depends how many dogs there are and how big they are if he's going to be gone or not.

"If there's any message from the state election to us, it's that we have just got to refocus and get back on track."

Mr Christensen said he had shared his advice with Mr Abbott during a couple of phone conversations during the weekend.

"My advice to him was pretty much that we need to drop bad policy ideas that the public have simply rejected," he said.

"We've perhaps not focused on things that the public want us to focus on."

Mr Christensen wants to focus on stabilising the economy and national security.

"We can talk the talk but now we've got to walk the walk."

He said any notion of bringing in a Medicare co-payment now or in the future had to be dropped for good too.

"I will not be voting for it... if it comes back I will cross the floor," Mr Christensen said. "It is a dead duck."

Mr Christensen said Mr Abbott deserved a "fair go" but needed to listen to what voters wanted in order to get back on track.

"I think most people within the Coalition will be thinking 'well, things are pretty bad but we've got to give him a chance to right them'," he said.

"If the situation can't be righted then perhaps there will be some more discussions about the issue then.

"I think the PM knows that too.

"I'm willing to give him a chance and we'll see where it goes."

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