The looming stoush threatening to tear the Libs apart

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott is unlikely to return to the frontbench if the Coalition is re-elected.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Adelaide talkback radio station FIVEaa on Monday morning he expected to keep his current frontbench together if re-elected.

"The ministry I take to the election ... will be the same one after the election," he said.

Mr Turnbull was asked if he saw a place for Mr Abbott on the frontbench after the election but said his existing ministry was "very strong".

"We had a pretty large reshuffle, as you know, after Warren Truss, the leader of the Nationals, retired not so long ago," Mr Turnbull said.

"It's a very strong ministry. It's got a lot of young people in it; it's got a lot of women in it compared to the past."


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