Following the news that Abbott has admitted to drinking too much and sleeping through several votes in federal parliament in 2009, his party colleagues are encouraging him to use this defence on as much stuff as possible while its still valid.

During an interview with Annabel Crabb in an upcoming episode of the ABC series The House, Abbott says he “lay down and next thing I knew it was morning”

Mr Turnbull was opposition leader at the time and was trying to oppose the Rudd government’s stimulus measures. He has told radio 3AW that Mr Abbott was drunk but “there was nothing we could do” – as colleagues could just could not wake Mr Abbott as he slept on the couch.

However, close Abbott allies in the Coalition have suggested that the former Prime Minister could use this whole drinking thing to explain and excuse some of his more notable gaffes.

“Just say you were drunk when you told those Aussie troops that “shit happens” after their mates was killed at war” says Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz.

“Or when you winked when that lady said she was working on a sex line because you cut her pension” said Dutton.

“Or when you munged into a raw onion, twice on live television” said another no-name backbencher.



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