Tony Abbott 'not retiring' and calls Peter Dutton a 'reluctant challenger'

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Former PM would love ‘a fair dinkum job’ but not to ‘trip over toes’ of minister

Tony Abbott has stared down calls for him to retire from public life but has cast doubt on the offer from the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to make him the special envoy for Indigenous affairs, questioning whether it is a “fair dinkum” role.

Abbott said on Monday he is “not retiring” but hinted his future role may not be as the member for Warringah, in an interview with 2GB radio. Abbott also declared the “era of the political assassin” is over, after Malcolm Turnbull was ousted and replaced by Morrison on Friday.

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