Tony Abbott has flown to Port Moresby where he will meet Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and a group of Australian Federal Police officers deployed to the Pacific nation during his time as prime minister.
Mr Abbott – whose presence outside cabinet as a high-profile and increasingly vocal backbencher has become a potentially dangerous point of friction inside the Turnbull government.
Mr Abbott told Fairfax Media he would reflect on the Abbott government’s foreign and security policy achievements as they relate to PNG in a speech to be delivered while he is in PNG.
Abbott made a point of emphasising how important PNG was to Australia’s foreign relations while also making it clear that current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not yet visited PNG and that he had done so three times as Prime Minister.
Mr Abbott did not flag his visit with Mr Turnbull’s office.
Eventually, Malcolm Turnbull will have to meet fire with fire.