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Tony Abbott defiant as members of parliament call for his sacking

Backbenchers publicly called for a Liberal Party vote on his leadership
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 05:50
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A poll in the "Sydney Morning Herald" showed Mr Abbott's rating as preferred prime minister had slipped from 39 to 34 per cent

Sydney

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott was fighting for his job on Wednesday after backbenchers publicly called for a Liberal Party vote on his leadership following months of tensions stoked by fading poll numbers and policy backflips.

A handful of members of parliament (MPs