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Malcolm Turnbull says Abbott best for PM - except for himself of course!

Loyal until the next battle.
Beware the Ides of March.
Malcolm Turnbull can huff and puff all he likes about loyalty to his leader but when the final showdown begins, he will be there with all his might, ready to become Australia's next Prime Minister.

There's not a bone in Malcolm Turnbull's body which is not rattling with excitement about the imminent prospect of becoming Prime Minister.

Malcolm would make the best poker player in Australia with his sombre and almost contrite appearance.  

He must be busting to say: "Give me the job, NOW!!".

The Courier-Mail reports: MALCOLM Turnbull insists Tony Abbott is the best person to be prime minister.

THAT'S because he has the confidence of the party room.
"To be the leader of a political party you only need one attribute and that is to have the confidence of the party room," he told ABC TV.

Mr Turnbull has been billed as the likely challenger in any spill of the Liberal leadership.

"You can have all the attributes in the world, perceived, real, unreal, imagined - the only attribute that matters is ... whether the majority of the party room support you," he said.

Asked if he had the ticker to challenge Mr Abbott, he replied: "My ticker is in very good shape."

"We support Tony Abbott as our leader. He has the support of the party room. Yes, there was a spill motion, but it was not carried and we are all behind the leader, every single one of us," he said.

On the contentious issue of gay marriage, Mr Turnbull said there was really little difference between his position and Mr Abbott - as they both supported a conscience vote, even though he supported same-sex marriage and the prime minister opposed it.

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