Tony Abbott will not decide on his future until April
FORGET Christmas, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is now giving himself until April 2016 to decide his political future.
The Australian is reporting the backbencher planned to stay in Parliament until at least the next election, which would ensure no by-election for his Warringah seat.
Mr Abbott had previously vowed to answer the oft-asked "Will he or won't he?" question before Christmas.
In September, Mr Abbott told News Limited he was "not going to make any hard and fast decisions this side of Christmas".
"I think I'm far too young to retire. Obviously I still think I have quite a lot to contribute in public life."
The April deadline will coincide with the preselection process for his seat, which is due to begin in April or May next year.
"In the mean time I will be a solid member of the Parliamentary backbench for the first time in 19 and a half years, I'm too young to retire and I certainly want to have some kind of role in our public life in the years to come but precisely how I might give effect to that is something I will decide in coming months," he told The Australian.