TONY Abbott has told colleagues he is determined to stay in politics until Malcolm Turnbull is gone, promising he will be there to help pick up the pieces "when" the Prime Minister's leadership falls apart.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal Mr Abbott has vowed to outlast Mr Turnbull in federal politics, telling conservative colleagues and friends that he will stay to offer experience, if not leadership, when "things go badly under Malcolm".

 

Tony Abbott says terror incidents must be dealt with as quickly as possible with ‘shoot to kill’ powers. Picture: Kym Smith
Tony Abbott says terror incidents must be dealt with as quickly as possible with ‘shoot to kill’ powers. Picture: Kym Smith

The former prime minister's message to colleagues was not one of bitterness or vengeance, sources said, but a pledge to stay on and give them the conservative counsel they need.

"I'm in no hurry to leave public life because we need strong liberal conservative ­voices now, more than ever," Mr Abbott said in a speech on Tuesday.

"We need to make Australia­ work again - because our country, plainly, is not working as it should. We are letting ourselves down. "

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