Imitation is the highest form of flattery

February 23, 2018

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has continued to adopt Australian Conservatives policies, most recently calling for Australia's permanent migration intake to be slashed to around 100,000.

After being slapped down for suggesting the cuts, the former leader told radio station 2GB he was qualified to offer advice to the government, and that ministers should take it.

He also called for respect from his parliamentary colleagues in a blistering attack that has included claims the coalition wouldn't be in government if it wasn't for him.

"But for my efforts in 2010 and 2013, (Malcolm) Turnbull wouldn't be in office and his ministers wouldn't be in office, so I think they should listen with a degree of respect," Mr Abbott said.

"They are not such geniuses they are the possessors of all political and economic wisdom."

Mr Abbott also penned an opinion piece for The Australian naming and shaming his critics, including Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann.

Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi said Mr Abbott had "chapter and verse" adopted his party's immigration policy. "I'm always happy to have converts. Tony's a bit late to the party but I'm happy to have him on board," he said.

Pictured above: former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and former PM Tony Abbott

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