Former prime minister says he will not hang around like his predecessors, and it is important not to be driven by hate

Malcolm Turnbull has described former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd as “miserable ghosts” while delivering a brutal assessment of the federal government.

Speaking to young leaders in New York on Friday, Turnbull slammed the government over the “crazy” Liberal leadership crisis that led to his eviction in August and hit out at his predecessors.

Turnbull said he would not be a “trappist monk” now he was out of parliament, but it was important not to be driven by hate.

“When you stop being prime minister, that’s it,” he said. “There is no way I’d be hanging around like lipid Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott. Seriously, these people are like, sort of miserable, miserable ghosts.”

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