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Pyne defends Abbott over leak claims

Anthony Alabanese compared the Liberals’ internal conflicts to the movie Sharknado. Image Syfy Films

Anthony Albanese compared the Liberals’ internal conflicts to the movie Sharknado. Image Syfy Films

Canberra [AAP]

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne has defended former prime minister Tony Abbott over a damaging security leak.

Mr Pyne says he doesn’t believe Mr Abbott is destabilising the Turnbull government and he doesn’t assume Mr Abbott is responsible for a national security leak being investigated by the Australian Federal Police.

‘I wouldn’t raise matters like the leak with Mr Abbott because I wouldn’t immediately assume it was him,’ Mr Pyne told the Nine Network on Friday.

Meanwhile, Labor has seized on the signs of internal tensions in the Turnbull government by comparing it to a horror movie.

Frontbencher Anthony Albanese told the Nine Network watching the Liberal party was like a movie where it rains sharks.

‘Another week of conflict, this is like watching the Sharknado movie as they eat each other on the other side,’ he said.

Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen believes the story is a media beat-up and journalists were going ‘way over the top’.

‘It’s a nice, interesting news story but there’s nothing happening internally,’ he told ABC radio.


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