Spill plotters praise Tony Abbott’s second budget and say another spill motion unlikely

Four Liberal MPs who publicly backed the February spill motion to replace Tony AbbottThe Hon. Tony Abbott MP Federal Member for Warringah Prime Minister from 18.9.13 to 15.9.15 have hailed the Coalition’s second budget, while dismissing the prospect of another challenge to the Prime Minister.And Liberal MP Michael Sukkar, who holds the most marginal seat in Victoria, says the second Abbott budget’s small business package will be a big vote winner in the electorate.Prime Minister Tony AbbottThe Hon. Tony Abbott MP Federal Member for Warringah Prime Minister from 18.9.13 to 15.9.15 promised colleagues “I’ll be better” after narrowly surviving a leadership spill motion in February. Photo: Alex EllinghausenMr Abbott has clearly won back support from internal critics on his own backbench with the government’s second budget after a political “near death experience” on February 9, in which he defeated a leadership spill motion 61-39 despite no other declared candidate in the race.AdvertisementThe Prime Minister subsequently promised significant shifts in policy and to consult his backbench more widely, with Tuesday’s budget framed as a key test in his quest to revive his political fortunes and hang on to the top job.

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