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Bill Shorten could be Australia’s next PM says Rita Panahi

Former Prime Minister John Howard has encouraged Liberal MPs not to abandon Malcolm Turnbull as panic ensues in the lead up to Monday’s Newspoll result.

The gauge Prime Minister Turnbull used to strip Tony Abbott of his leadership is about to “hit him right in the face,” says Chris Smith.

“It’s the standard that he himself set when he knifed [Tony Abbott],” says Rita Panahi.

“He’s going to notch up that infamous tally; 30 consecutive Newspoll losses.”

Ms Panahi says there is a chance Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will take leadership.

“All Bill Shorten needs to do is just to shut his mouth and he will be Prime Minister.”

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