PLENTY TO SAY: Former prime minister Tony Abbott.
PLENTY TO SAY: Former prime minister Tony Abbott. Joseph Nairap

Tony Abbott might contest next year’s election

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has no plans to leave parliament before the next election despite his ousting by Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Abbott told Sydney's 2GB Radio today he would stay in parliament until at least the next election, labelling the backbencher's life a "noble calling".

"There would be nothing wrong I think, with continuing in parliament," he said.

Although he confirmed he would not cause a by-election by resigning, Mr Abbott said he was yet to make a decision on whether he would contest his seat at the election next year.

The former PM, who has become increasingly vocal in recent weeks, also expanded on his calls for more military action against IS, urging the world to "escalate" attacks.

He said the terrorist organisation was "spoiling for a fight - that's no reason not give to it to them".

Mr Abbott also defended his comments that all cultures were not equal, saying it was his role to "speak out sensibly on important subjects".



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