Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left), Education Minister Christopher Pyne (second right) and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison (right) watch from the frontbench as Federal Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks and points at the opposition while at the despatch box during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left), Education Minister Christopher Pyne (second right) and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison (right) watch from the frontbench as Federal Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks and points at the opposition while at the despatch box during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Some MPs will always want Abbott out: Assistant Treasurer

ONE of the Liberal Party's rising stars is convinced some Liberal MPs will never be convinced Tony Abbott should be Prime Minister.

Assistant Treasurer, and former parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg said there was nothing Mr Abbott could do to convince some party room members he was the right leader.

Speaking on the ABC's Insiders program yesterday Mr Frydenberg said even a speech like Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address from Mr Abbott would not convince some.

"Look there's certainly going to be members of my own side who want to see a change in leader," he said.

"But I don't think anything the Prime Minister does will convince them he should stay in that role. I mean if he delivered the Gettysburg Address, if he won a Nobel Prize they'd still take the position they would want a change in leader."

Speaking to the media at a NSW south coast Clean Up Australia Day event Mr Abbott dismissed any further leadership speculation as "Canberra insider obsession".

"This is Clean Up Australia Day, and I'm just not going to do anything but recycle the rubbish," he said.

"And that's what's happening; we're just recycling rubbish today.

"Frankly, I think the people of Australia are sick of the insider obsessions of people in Canberra."

The speculation comes as an online activist group began a campaign calling for donations to put up posters of Tony Abbott with the caption "Hopeless". The posters borrow heavily from the artist Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama "Hope" posters.

- APN NEWSDESK


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