Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has admitted in an interview on Thursday that his era in leadership has “been and gone.”
Speaking to Sky News Australia, Abbott said he has moved on past the time he stepped down from his post back in September and expressed that he has no intention of regaining it in the future.
“I am very proud of what I was able to do and I think it will stand the test of time,” Abbott said. “I accept that the party made a decision back on Sept. 14 last year. I don’t expect the party to ever go back on that decision.”
Now, he says, he is imagining his life in the world of politics as that of being the standard bearer for the conservative values of the Liberal party as well as that of a senior statesman.
This comes as current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also revealed to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell that the two Liberal party members had a private chat just recently.
Turnbull said that the pair discussed “life, politics, everything,” and refused to divulge further details of their private conversation.
Turnbull also said that he is going to accept Abbott’s word about no longer re-seeking for the highest position in the land in the future like all other Liberal Party members, according to News.com.au.
Abbott’s revelation would put a stop to the rumors that had circulated three months ago that he was planning on running for Prime Minister once again after the urging from his former Chief of Staff Peta Credlin.
A spokesperson from the former PM’s office then went on to dismiss the reports, labeling the story as “fanciful.”
However, acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said last month that Abbott would be taking on a significant role in the upcoming elections whether Turnbull wants him to have one or not.