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Tony Abbott Promises A More Inclusive Approach And 61 New Knighthoods

After surviving the biggest challenge to his leadership yet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to make a fresh start, and 60% of his MPs knights.

Speaking after the spill motion vote this morning, Mr Abbott said he had done a lot of listening over the past few weeks and was determined to make changes.

“There was a backlash to my decision to knight Angus Houston, I accept that. I accept that. ‘Why only one Australian?’ is a phrase I’ve heard a lot these past weeks,” Mr Abbott said.

“Well, I’ve listened, and I’ve learned. And what you can expect is a more collegiate, more inclusive Government where everyone who supports the Prime Minister will be bestowed the owner of a Knight of The Order of Australia”.

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