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Sinodinos offers to help Abbott

Be careful what you wish for: Senator Arthur Sinodinos who  supported a spill motion against PM Tony Abbott is now offering to help him. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt)

Be careful what you wish for: Senator Arthur Sinodinos who supported a spill motion against PM Tony Abbott is now offering to help him. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt)

Canberra – AAP

A key Liberal behind a failed leadership spill has offered to advise Tony Abbott on strategy.

But former minister Arthur Sinodinos declined to say whether he believed Mr Abbott would still be Liberal leader by the time of the 2016 election.

Senator Sinodinos will meet the prime minister in Canberra on Thursday to discuss how he can help.

‘The prime minister made it clear every day is a test for all of us,’ he told Sky News.

‘I am seeing him just to make the point I am happy to help in whatever way, over and above my day job.’

Asked whether Mr Abbott would still be leader at the 2016 election, the former chief of staff to John Howard said: ‘We are working towards that end.

‘The compact that came out of the party room was the feeling that we can’t just tear down a first-term prime minister.

‘Issues got ventilated, concerns were raised, Tony has sought to address them and made a number of commitments to address them.’

Senator Sinodinos said Mr Abbott now had a backbench that was right behind him ‘but assertive’.


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