The former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott tells Annabel Crabb, host of the ABC’s television series The House, about the time he was too drunk to vote on an economic stimulus package legislated during the global financial crisis. ‘There was one famous occasion when Peter Costello, Kevin Andrews and I hung out rather a long time,’ he says. ‘I think quite a few bottles of wine were consumed by the three of us … I lay down and the next thing I knew it was morning.’ The current prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who was opposition leader at the time of the incident, tells broadcaster Neil Mitchell on 3AW radio that he was aware Abbott was too drunk to get into the parliament. ‘There was nothing we could do,’ he says. ‘I was disappointed but, you know, you’ve got to move on with these kind of things.’
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