It’s neck and neck in the race for former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Warringah seat.
After 25 years, Abbott is struggling to overcome a concerted, well-funded effort by political activist group GetUp to see him outed.
In response, Tony Abbott is ‘getting the old team back together’ as he attempts to retain his seat of Warringah on Sydney’s northern beaches. Thus, he has recruited former Prime Minister John Howard on a mall walk.
On Monday, Howard met and posed for selfies with locals, as well as holding babies at Warringah Mall.
While at the mall, Abbott bought two stakes from a butcher, telling reporters: ‘If you don’t have the fat, you don’t have the taste’.
Abbott also praised Howard as the ‘greatest living Liberal’, according to AAP.
‘It’s just wonderful to have the old team back together,’ Abbott also said.
If the winning of a seat went by polling, then Abbott would be out of a seat and a job.
Instead, independent Zali Stegall has been gaging traction for the primary vote as she campaigns for cost of living, transport and climate change.
Abbott confident about result
A former Olympic skier, Stegall is the bookies’ favourite to steal the seat from the former PM, however, Abbott has gained a renewed sense of confidence just days from the election.
‘I’m more confident now than I was a month ago, but this is going to go down to the wire,’ Mr Abbott told reporters.
On Monday, Howard defined Abbott as ‘a political realist’.
‘He understands he has a fight,’ Mr Howard said.
‘This is going to be a tough election (but) I’m getting more confident as we get closer.’
Abbott recognised that climate change was a concern in his electorate.
‘Climate change is an important issue, it’s certainly not the only issue, but it is an important one and the key is to get the balance right, now I think that the government has done that,’ he said.
When questioned on whether those in his electoral were angry and wanted change, the former PM said:
‘I think voters in Warringah overwhelmingly want to see a Liberal government returned. That’s what they want.’
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