Malcolm Turnbull with Treasurer Scott Morrison.
Malcolm Turnbull with Treasurer Scott Morrison. Kym Smith

Senior Liberals: It's time to unite behind Turnbull

SENIOR Liberals are calling for an "out of control" Tony Abbott to show his support for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Treasurer Scott Morrison, Innovation Minister Arthur Sinodinos and Victorian State director Michael Kroger have all publicly called for unity behind Mr Turnbull, and urged fellow MPs to focus on governing for the 24 million Australians.

As Mr Sinodinos, a senior figure in the Howard government, said Mr Abbott could not be controlled, Mr Turnbull said he intends to be in the role of Prime Minister for "a very long time", adding his age of 62 does not make him too old for the top job.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has drawn ire within his own party for his recent comments. Picture: AAP
"I will be running at the 2019 election and will win. So that's my commitment," Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Kroger said "as much as we admire and love Tony", the situation "cannot continue".

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