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The clock is ticking for Tony Abbott as Julie Bishop ponders her future

Julie Bishop: Dreaming of the top job.
JULIE Bishop has urged her Liberal colleagues to end leadership speculation and get on with the job of governing Australia.

In Auckland the Foreign Minister said the current leadership speculation about Tony Abbott was "unhelpful".

While acknowledging the Liberal MPs have the right to elect the leadership Ms Bishop said there was a spill motion moved two weeks ago that failed.

She said she was concentrating on the business of government and refused to answer hypothetical speculation based on "rumour and gossip".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten accused senior Liberals of ignoring the needs of Australians by focusing on leadership.

"This is possibly the worst government in Australian history. It's barely been 18 months since they got elected and now they are arguing over who should be in charge," the Opposition Leader said in Melbourne.