Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull trails opposition in 30th consecutive poll

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The Coalition government has lost its 30th straight Newspoll, reaching the infamous number of poll losses suffered by the Abbot government in 2015, shortly before Malcolm Turnbull seized power.

Tony Abbott believes Malcolm Turnbull should explain why his 30th Newspoll loss is not the same as the test he used to depose the former prime minster.

The 30-poll milestone in 2015 coincided with a majority of lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Party deciding to back Turnbull against Abbott in a leadership ballot that ousted Abbott two years after he was elected to power.

"I regret making those remarks at the time, making the remarks about 30 Newspolls", Turnbull said yesterday on why the rationale he applied to Abbott should not also apply to him.

Some 62 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted Turnbull to remain prime minister. "People want us to succeed".

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"What they don't want is a Shorten government", he told Sky News. "I actually think the Australian people want us to focus less on polls and personalities and a lot more on what we do for the people", he said.

Mr Joyce's comments echo those of NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro who previous year told the prime minister to "give Australians a Christmas gift and go before Christmas" 2017. "That's his problem", Mr Shorten said at a press conference at Midland train station in Western Australian.

Despite his dismal run of opinion polls, Mr Turnbull's immediate future appears to be secure because the coalition has no obvious alternative as leader.

"It's not about me".

Mr O'Dowd, one of the members of the pro-coal Monash Forum, said giving too much emphasis to Newspolls was a distraction and he preferred the government got on with the job.

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While most politicians on both sides of the political spectrum tried to dismiss the importance of polls, former prime minister Kevin Rudd went in the opposite direction, referring to his own ousting in 2010 in a tweet.

"I do have the confidence of my colleagues. and no-one, by the way, is suggesting I don't", Turnbull said.

"I don't define my success or indeed my job by what Newspoll does".

"There isn't any movement against Malcolm Turnbull", Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne told ABC RN Breakfast.

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