Former PM says Tony Abbott’s party was ‘not like the Liberal Party’

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says his party’s political spectrum was “not like” the Liberal party in the 1980s and 1990s.

“Tony Abbott’s the last Liberal leader I think who did that, and I’ve never seen that in the Liberal fold,” he said on Friday.

Mr Abbott also said the Liberals were “not a party that had to be at a disadvantage” in the election campaign because it had “made sure that they got a lot of support” in areas of the country where it needed to.

Labor has had its own “hardcore” electorate, Mr Abbott said.

“[The Labor Party] is a very conservative party in many respects and, in a sense, it’s also a very left-wing party, but I think they’re also a pretty left-leaning party,” he told ABC radio.

But Mr Abbott is not the only person to blame for the Coalition’s failure to win seats in regional areas.

In recent days, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said Labor is “not strong enough” in regional Australia and the Liberal leader Bill Shorty has said he is “confident that we will get a seat or two in the seat of South Australian.”

Mr Shorten told Channel Nine that Mr Abbott “is the best prime minister of our time and his political legacy is going to be very positive for our country”.

Mr Morrison has also acknowledged the Coalition did not win the majority in the south-west.

The Coalition’s performance in the state election is also being challenged by Labor.

A survey of Liberal voters in the regional Queensland seat of Rockhampton by the Courier-Mail found that the Coalition had only 42 per cent support, while Labor had 53 per cent and the Greens 17 per cent.

Earlier on Friday, Labor leader Bill English said the Coalition needed to be “more conservative”.

“The coalition has made mistakes and they need to make them again and they will be, Mr English said.