'Miserable, miserable ghosts': Turnbull tells Abbott, Rudd to move on

'Miserable, miserable ghosts': Turnbull tells Abbott, Rudd to move on
'Miserable, miserable ghosts': Turnbull tells Abbott, Rudd to move on

Malcolm Turnbull described the recent Liberal leadership spill as "crazy".ABC News: Matt Roberts

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, describing them as "miserable, miserable ghosts" who should have left Parliament the moment they lost the top job.

Key points: Mr Turnbull issued the comments at a forum in New York He also said he wished Prime Minister Scott Morrison well Mr Turnbull said Mr Abbott and Mr Rudd should "move on"

Speaking at a forum in New York, Mr Turnbull also described the recent Liberal leadership change as "crazy" and revealed "private polling" showed the Coalition was tracking ahead of Labor in marginal seats.

"We were very, very competitive," he said in the audio obtained by Channel Nine.

"But for reasons that they've not been able to explain, you know, there was an element of the party and of the media that wanted to blow the government up, and they did.

"And of course, they didn't get their guy up, they got ScoMo (Scott Morrison) — and I wish him well."

Photo Malcolm Turnbull says Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott should have moved on after losing their leadership spills.

AAP: Alan Porritt

The former prime minister is clearly still angry at Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his forces for launching the leadership challenge six weeks ago.

But Mr Turnbull justified his decision to quit Parliament immediately, saying "when you stop being prime minister, that's it'".

"There is no way I would be hanging around like Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott," he said.

"Seriously, these people are like, sort of miserable, miserable ghosts.

"Move on."

His comments come a day after Mr Morrison told the ABC's Insiders program that he was confident the Coalition would have won the next election under Mr Turnbull.

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