Abbott off menu at PM's victory party

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    PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull will throw open the doors of the Lodge in Canberra tonight inviting every MP and senator for champagne and canapés to celebrate his government’s near-death election experience.
    Once again it’s a case of guess who’s not coming to dinner however, with Tony Abbott not expected to attend due to family commitments.
    Despite Mr Abbott’s fondness for sausage rolls and mini pies, he will not be in attendance to sample a menu that will include both of his traditional favourites together with Pialligo Estate’ smoked salmon on rye toasties with horseradish cream, Moroccan lamb rissoles with harissa yoghurt, vegetable samosa with mint relish, roast beef en croute with stilton cream and tomato chutney, Vietnamese prawns with chilli jam and chicken satays.
    The Lodge drinks follow a week of bloodletting over the election result and revelations the Prime Minister was forced to donate $1 million of his own cash to pay for TV ads.
    There are also rumblings over his decision to not hold a press conference over the terror attacks in Nice, instead posting a statement to Facebook.

    Mr Abbott’s praetorian guard of Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz have also been applying public pressure on the Prime Minister to reappoint Mr Abbott to cabinet.
    The Prime Minister has no intention of doing so, with younger conservatives who backed Mr Abbott conceding there was “no chance’’ it would happen because it would undermine his authority.
    “These are people who have been in Parliament for too long,’’ a senior minister said.
    “Who cares what they think? They are yesterday’s people.”
    Mr Turnbull will tomorrow be re-endorsed as the leader in the Liberal Party room meeting along with Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop.

    But the partyroom meeting is expected to be feisty, with MPs to revolt over planned superannuation reforms that would place a lifetime cap on non-concessional after tax contributions of $500,000.
    Later in the day, Mr Turnbull will announce the ministerial reshuffle that is expected to elevate the role of the Nationals after their strong performance. Conservative Liberals including Victoria’s Michael Sukkar are also tipped for promotion.
    Some ministers believe Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce may be prepared to trade an extra cabinet position for two extra junior minister roles rather than one.
    He is also believed to be keen to elevate his former chief of staff Matt Canavan.
    The Prime Minister is also planning a shake-up of his own office with his communications director David Bold keen to move into a policy role in the office
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