Tony Abbott vows to 'stand up' for Liberal Party faithful
TONY Abbott has for the first time addressed claims he is causing disunity among Liberals, saying he has made a "judgment" call to continue raising issues important to disenfranchised party members.
The former prime minister made the remarks at a community event on Tuesday night, where he was buoyed by support from voters who begged him to continue fighting for Liberal policy, or topple Malcolm Turnbull.
The Daily Telegraph has obtained a video of a Q&A session Mr Abbott held for locals in the Seaforth, Balgowlah and Clontarf areas, where he said he would "continue" to stand up for Liberals let down by the Turnbull government's high-spending federal Budget and other policies.
"I've made the judgment that at least for the moment, and obviously there's a limit to how far this can continue … it's important for someone to stand up for those Liberals feeling a bit let down and disenfranchised because we do not want the more traditional or conservative Liberals to leave the party and join some other party," Mr Abbott said.
His comments came in response to an audience member who told the ex-PM he feared his recent commentary was setting Australia on a course for a Labor government.