Mal Brough
Mal Brough

Brough emerges as potential replacement for PM Abbott

SUNSHINE Coast politician Mal Brough has emerged as a possible replacement for embattled prime minister Tony Abbott, according to reports.

Fairfax Media is reporting Mr Brough has been approached by members of the Liberal Party as a possible replacement for the prime minister.

According to the report, Mr Brough did not deny he had been approached and is said to be waiting for the outcome of today's state election.

"Clearly people are talking to each other because we are all interested in doing what's best for the nation," Fairfax Media quoted Brough as saying.

Mr Brough was the Minister for Indigenous Affairs under the Howard Government and was the chief architect of the Northern Territory intervention before losing his seat of Longman during Labor's 2007 election win.

He returned to politics in 2013, winning the seat of Fisher, which had been held by Peter Slipper, but has not been a minister under Tony Abbott.

The prime minister's job has been under scrutiny amid lagging poll results and the disastrous decision to knight Prince Philip.

Mr Brough was at polling booths yesterday and unavailable for comment.