Abbott brings forward spill meeting as Hockey under fire

UPDATE: TONY Abbott has brought Coalition party room meeting forward to Monday morning instead of the planned Tuesday morning timing. 

The change came not long after Malcolm Turnbull complimented the Prime Minister on giving the party time to discuss the matter by keeping the meeting on Tuesday. 

The meeting will now be held at 9.00am Monday. 

EARLIER: THE Prime Minister has told reporters outside Kirribilli house this morning that Joe Hockey still has his full support.

Some commentators have suggested Tony Abbott could avert a leadership spill by installing Malcolm Turnbull as Treasurer.

However, when asked by reporters if Mr Hockey still had his continued support, the Prime Minister replied, "of course he does".

The Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz rejected reports that he was among ministers campaigning for Joe Hockey to be replaced as Treasurer.

Senator Abetz said he continues to support the entire leadership team, including the Treasurer.

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