Malcolm Turnbull faces leadership pressure ahead of polls

Malcolm Turnbull faces leadership pressure ahead of polls

Malcolm Turnbull faces leadership pressure ahead of polls

"I regret making those remarks at the time, making remarks about 30 Newspolls at the time", he said today.

"That's what I tried to be and to do in government and I'm sure that's what the prime minister is trying to be and to do now".

His predecessor has deflected questions about whether Mr Turnbull should be held to the same standard of Newspoll results.

"It's really, I suppose, something for Malcolm to explain why it applied to me, but shouldn't apply now", he told 2GB radio.

Mr Abbott acknowledged being in government was hard.

The Turnbull government has been plagued with a series of bad news stories at the hands of its senior players, all of which have likely contributed to the consistently poor Newspoll results.

Mr Abbott said the best way to be a good government was to have clear policies, a united team and to be distinct from your opponents.

The Prime Minister told the Daily Telegraph he didn't place too much faith in the accuracy of polls.

"The party room wants him to be successful in the same [way] the public do, there is no challenge to his leadership".

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But it's worth pointing out that as a National, Barnaby Joyce actually has no say in who the Liberals elect as leader (and therefore Prime Minister).

"People are best to be honest about their ambitions", he told Melbourne radio station 3AW. "There's 149 people in federal parliament - I'm one".

Asked whether he felt vindicated by Turnbull also losing 30 Newspolls, Abbott insisted to reporters: "It's not about me, it's got to be about our country", while defending his right to "speak my mind".

Joyce said it would be a lie to say everything in the party room was fine, but he wanted to see the Prime Minister succeed, and firmly told host Peta Credlin the Coalition was a "long long way" from a spill.

"It's not unusual for incumbent governments in between elections being behind in the polls", Senator Cormann told the ABC's AM.

"I mean we're not actually that far behind, truth be told", he said.

Bill Shorten, who is in Western Australia with the shadow infrastructure minister, Anthony Albanese, agreed Australians did not want to be talking about polls.

"I don't define my success or indeed my job by what Newspoll does".

During an appearance on Q&A, multicultural affairs minister Alan Tudge defended Turnbull, saying that "I don't think it was a particularly useful contribution from Barnaby this afternoon". "No one wants to play in the losing side".

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