Tony Abbott, in the autumn years of his retirement, isn’t just known for ruthlessly sniping from the backbench and writing long, long essays defending his short and chaotic government – he’s also keeping up his long-held rep for barrelling tubes, bro.

The former prime minister showed up in Noosa, catching some waves over the long weekend, when he was captured in an instantly iconic snap dropping in on surfer Ivy Thomas.

So this morning I got dropped in on by the ex Prime Minister of Australia… Thanks for capturing this bizarre moment @bailey.eldering #onlyinaustralia ??

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Thomas confirmed to the Courier Mail that although she looks intensely not keen in the photo, she was actually chuffed to have her wave stolen by the big fella himself. 

“In the photo I look like I was not happy about it at all but I was stoked. I had plenty of waves so I was happy to share a couple,” she told the newspaper.

This all comes in the wake of Abbott being warned by fellow MPs to stop damaging the Turnbull government with his media interventions, like his long written defence of Australian national security policy in Quadrant over the weekend. 

Perhaps he ought to focus less on Machiavellian political undermining and more on getting totally pitted at Noosa.

Source: Courier Mail.

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