Malcolm Turnbull was approached about the Treasury portfolio even before Monday's spill

February 10, 2015 8:16 AM

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Malcolm Turnbull was sounded out by colleagues, before December's ministerial reshuffle, as to whether he would accept the Treasury portfolio, as senior figures searched for ways to revive the government's flagging performance and sharpen its economic arguments.

The news comes after a day in which confusion gripped the government on several fronts, potentially mocking Mr Abbott's post-spill promise that "good government starts today".

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