Tony Abbott has rejected calls to withdraw from public life and defended Peter Dutton, who last week described him as a "reluctant challenger" who just wanted to see a change in politics.
The former Prime Minister made a series of audience appearances on Monday, indicating he has "much public life left in me" but remains shy about his future role.
After Scott Morrison decided not to return Abbott to the ministry in a reshuffle, the former prime minister responded by asking if his new role as Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs is "fair dinkum."
In a speech to the Center for Independent Studies in Sydney, Abbott confirmed earlier comments on 2GB radio that he was "not retired", but returned proposals he should not continue to live as a member of Warringah and tell a constituent in the audience that he is "happy to stay" as their local member.
Abbott had previously told 2GB that he owed the Lib a debt of gratitude and would do anything to help the coalition win the next election, but perhaps not as a deputy. "If that's the Warringah member, if that's different, I'll just do my best."
Abbott said the government was "now in this reasonable, center-right, liberal, conservative mainstream," with Morrison as prime minister.
"To defend my friend and colleague Peter Dutton, he was a reluctant challenger last week … just like I was in 2009," Abbott said. "Peter Dutton was someone who first of all wanted to change politics."
Morrison's recent statements and ministerial posts indicated that there would be a "better policy," Abbott said, citing Angus Taylor ̵
Abbott pleaded again to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, although it was not a binding agreement because Australian officials were "more respectful than other French or Italian officials" and would feel obliged to respond.
"Emissions are not irrelevant, but the important thing is to keep prices low and emissions will protect themselves."
Abbott was obliged to speak to the CIS for a few weeks on immigration, but this speech was torn apart and he instead addressed the events of last week's leadership spill and the "general state of politics".
He raile d against "political correctness", falsely claiming the Australian military had issued guidelines not to address staff by "he or she". .
"I really mean, how do you give a command?" (19659002) Morrison's reshuffle eliminated former National Leader Barnaby Joyce and Abbott from the ministry, but suggested that new special envoys be created to deal with drought and indigenous affairs.
Abbott said 2GB On Monday he would "like to do a fair dinkum job," but he wants to see "what this new role entails" because he is not "over the toes" of the Minister of Indigenous Wanted to stumble matters.
"We already have a lot of people in this area, I want to know exactly what value I can add, if I'm already there as a backbencher and former prime minister."
Broadcaster Ray Hadley – under fire for encouraging MEPs to abandon Turnbull in favor of Conservative Peter Dutton – said Abbott that the role was intended as an olive branch and a mark of respect.
"We can fix all the bridges – myself included – and [Morrison’s] words" It's a fair dinkum job for me, Ray, it's not a pretended job, "Hadley said.
Abbott said that the portfolio of indigenous Affairs "the Prime Minister's authority needs to get things done … there's no need for people walking around the edges; it takes someone at the top to lock.
Abbott said he did not want a title without a role, adding that "someone must be able to make decisions."
Liberal Deputy Julie Bishop plans to quit at the next election, Abbott said he was "not retired" and described himself as a "young man … I still think I still have a lot of public life in me, Ray, I & # 39; I am determined to make the best of it. "
Abbott said he was grateful to the Liberal Party and said he would do anything to help the coalition win the next election, but hinted his future role in public life should not be as MP "If that's as a member of Warringah, if it's anything else, I'll just do my best."
Abbott noted the disastrous Newspoll on Monday, with the coalition down 56% to 44% under two-party conditions "It's all from here."
"Assuming we've passed the era of the political assassin – I think the public will want Scott Morrison to make a fair attempt."
Labor & # 39; Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister, Pat Dodson, said that Abbott has a track record showing that he is "ignorant, hopeless and openly offensive" on Indigenous issues.
"The suggestion that Tony Abbott be a kind of messenger or represen For First Nations, the overwhelming numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who support the demand for a vote in Parliament and a Makarrata truth-control and agreement monitoring commission – both of which are not supported by Abbott – could be challenging for First Nations – to be opposed.