Australia PM must heed 'frank and blunt' assessment: deputy

February 10, 2015 2:15 AM

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SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott must take onboard the "frank and blunt" assessment of his performance by a restive backbench if he wants to stay in the job, his deputy Julie Bishop warned Tuesday.

The unpopular Abbott survived a confidence vote on his leadership on Monday initiated by MPs from his conservative Liberal Party which was sparked by poor poll ratings, policy backflips and his perceived high-handed decision-making.

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