Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a stinging rebuke to his predecessor, Tony Abbott, accusing the former prime minister of deliberately sabotaging the government to do maximum damage to the Coalition's standing in the polls.
James Massola is chief political correspondent in the Canberra bureau. He has worked in the federal press gallery for eight years, including stints for The Australian Financial Review and The Australian before joining the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
A suite of changes to Australia's hate speech laws will be proposed but it will be up to the PM whether the government acts.
Tony Abbott has laid out a five-point plan for the Coalition to have a chance at the "winnable" next election.
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