Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Chris Ison

Tony Abbott returns to backbench for first time since 1995

WHEN Tony Abbott last sat on the backbench, Paul Keating was prime minister, the Sydney Bulldogs were Australian rugby league premiers, and Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise was number one on the ARIA charts.

The year was 1995, and this week Mr Abbott is expected to return to a seat on the backbench after he was toppled as prime minister.

Malcolm Turnbull won the Liberal leadership ballot 54 votes to 44 four weeks ago today.

Mr Abbott gave a farewell speech, tendered his resignation to the Governor-General (reportedly by fax), and was not seen in the House of Representatives for the rest of the week.

The Member for Warringah has since moved out of Kirribilli House, returned to his local New South Wales Rural Fire Service brigade, visited a primary school in his electorate, and conducted two lengthy interviews on commercial radio.

-ABC News



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