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Abbott throws policy barbs at Turnbull

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016

A year ago Tony Abbott was facing political death as supporters of Malcolm Turnbull rounded up the numbers for a leadership challenge.

Now a seemingly permanent fixture on the government backbench, the former prime minister is giving every indication he's not about to join the first anniversary celebrations of his successor.

As the new parliament prepares to return for its second sitting week , Mr Abbott has spent the past few days firing policy barbs at Mr Turnbull.

He's proposing a sweeping plan for reform of Australia's political donations system that would ban payments from unions, companies and overseas donors - ignoring his own record on the issue that included backing out of a deal with Labor's Julia Gillard in 2013.

He's questioned Mr Turnbull's decision to call a snap royal commission into the Northern Territory juvenile detention system, likening it to the Gillard government ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia and the time it took to repair the damage.

"Governments normally need to pause and think before they take precipitant action," Mr Abbott told Alan Jones on 2GB radio on Friday.

He's also warned the government it needs to be careful with its plan to tighten superannuation tax concessions.

"Superannuation is not the government's money, it's our money, it's your money, it's money that we've saved up over time."

Senior Labor figure Penny Wong for one was scathing of the former prime minister.

"Tony Abbott is off the leash," she told ABC TV.

"He is openly undermining and openly attacking his prime minister."

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