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New Treasurer Josh Frydenberg explains why he wants Tony Abbott back in a key role

New Federal Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party Josh Frydenberg says he has spoken with former PM Tony Abbott and would like to see him play a larger role in the Morrison government.

Frydenberg told Neil Mitchell he and Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke with Tony Abbott yesterday.

“I had a chat with Tony Abbott, he’s certainly got political skills and to have him play a role in the Morrison government I think would be of benefit,” he said.

“There is discussion around a role in the Indigenous affairs area and it’s something that Tony’s been passionate about for a long period of time, I do think he has something to bring to the table.”

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He also dismissed today’s Newspoll results, which has the Liberals at just 44 to Labor’s 56.

“The poll today is as big a surprise as the sun coming up tomorrow,” he said.

“The last week was a very difficult week for the party and we need to move on.

“It reduces the public’s confidence in the system and that’s in no one’s interests.”