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Sky News Employs Tony Abbott's Former Spinner As Peta Credlin's Researcher

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Tony Abbott's former chief of staff, Peta Credlin, made her TV debut on Sky News this month and is already making a huge splash.

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Credlin's nightly analysis is picking up daily media attention and is often driving the media cycle of this election campaign. Like, when she called Malcolm Turnbull "Mr Harbourside Mansion" after he cancelled a meet and greet with voters in Western Sydney.

Credlin: PM may be seen as 'Mr Harbourside Mansion' by western Sydney voters. #Ausvotes https://t.co/zg6SqEERRS

"If it's known that you were going to do a street walk in Penrith, the last thing you want to do, 'Mr Harbourside Mansion', is look like you don't know and you're not welcome in Western Sydney," said Credlin.

The new nickname created two days worth of headlines, with Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and pretty much every other Liberal MP asked about her comments.

But Credlin isn't the only former staffer from the Abbott camp who has made the jump to TV.

BuzzFeed News can reveal that Adrian Barrett (right), who was the head of communications for the Abbott government, has joined Sky News as Credlin's researcher.

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"Adrian has been employed by Sky News on a casual basis during the election campaign as a researcher working out of Melbourne," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

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Abbott has been strictly on message during the election campaign, expressing constant support for the PM.

It's Abbott's former foot soldiers on Sky News who are lobbing all the hand grenades.On Sunday, Abbott (who was interviewed on Sky News) said Credlin was "riveting viewing" and that she had "made some pretty powerful calls this week"."[Credlin is a] very important and interesting commentator on this election".
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It's Abbott's former foot soldiers on Sky News who are lobbing all the hand grenades.

On Sunday, Abbott (who was interviewed on Sky News) said Credlin was "riveting viewing" and that she had "made some pretty powerful calls this week".

"[Credlin is a] very important and interesting commentator on this election".

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

Contact Alice Workman at alice.workman@buzzfeed.com.

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