Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Shorten Says Abbott Camp Not Leaking to Labor

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Shorten Says Abbott Camp Not Leaking to Labor

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BILL Shorten has denied members of former prime minister Tony Abbott's "camp" have been leaking inside information to Labor in a bid to "bring down Malcolm Turnbull".

Reports the Abbott camp is leaking to Labor have emerged as internal Liberal Party tensions continue to boil over.

Tensions within the party flared this week after Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne's comments on same-sex marriage leaked, with some Liberal backbenchers telling media they wanted a Cabinet reshuffle to get more conservative voices in the ministry.

Mr Shorten said yesterday the reports of leaks from the Abbott side were "completely wrong" and it was "not exactly a secret" the Liberal Party was at war with itself.

"I'm not interested whether or not Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton and Christopher Pyne are all fighting each other," he said.

"I'm not interested in Malcolm Turnbull's internal war ... the Liberals can fight each other as much as they want. …

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