Saturday 28th February 2015 - 3:06 pm

“I’ll stay on – and stand again -” PM

by Alan Thornhill

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, says that although Australia is in a “querulous” time, he expects to serve at least a full term as prime minister.

He was speaking to reporters in Auckland, after meeting his New Zealand counterpart, John Key.

They questioned him closely, on his expectations about the Liberal leadership.

Mr Abbott replied: “… I was elected first of all by my Party Room and then by the Australian people to do a job.

“The government of a country is not easy.

” Particularly at a time when Australians are focusing on the glass half empty rather than the glass half full.

“This is a particularly febrile and querulous time in our national life.

” But I’m just pushing on with the job. I’m, as you would expect, undistracted and undeterred by the hyperventilating which seems to be taking place at least amongst the media.

“And every day, I work for a better Australia and that’s what the party expected of me when they elected me back in 2009, and that’s what the public expected of me when they elected me 18 months ago.

“I’m looking forward to every day continuing to earn the confidence of the Party Room.

“And I’m looking forward to continuing to have the confidence of the Australian people.

“And I’m looking forward to submitting myself to their judgment some time towards the end of next year.”

That is when the next Federal election is due.

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