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Australian PM Tony Abbott to fight leadership challenge

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he and his Liberal party deputy leader Julie Bishop will "stand together" against a leadership challenge from MPs.

Backbencher Luke Simpkins called the motion on Friday, saying it was "time to test the support of the leadership".

Mr Abbott has faced growing questions about his leadership in recent weeks.

He was widely ridiculed for giving a knighthood to Prince Phillip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, and blamed for a Liberal defeat in Queensland elections.

  • 06 Feb 2015
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