The toxic feud between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull is "not important", according to Christopher Pyne.

TODAY host Karl Stefanovic quizzed the Minister for Defence Industry this morning on how the Prime Minister was "getting on" with Abbott.

Pyne strongly denied the pair's ongoing war of words was in any way critical to running the government.

"So not well?" Stefanovic replied.

Abbott has frequently spoken to media in past weeks about the leadership of the Liberal party.

But the tables were turned on the former PM yesterday when Liberal party leaks claimed internal polling for the former PM was so bad he was at risk of losing the electorate of Warringah to former Australian Idol host James Mathison.

Abbott blasted the leak as "absolutely corrosive of trust".

When Pyne was pushed to comment on the leak he said he did not know who was responsible.

When asked if it was a senior member of the Liberal party, Pyne said "I couldn't care less".

Pyne said he didn't ask how many people knew about the poll information.

"I don't care about it, old news. It is nine months ago I couldn't care less."

Pyne said Stefanovic was being "very punchy", and declined to talk about the "insider gossip" that was "not interesting to people".

Labor MP Anthony Albanese chirped up that the government had lost focus on its job thanks to Abbott and Turnbull.

"They are just completely dominated by this cage fight," he said.

"They are in this downward spiral.

"I do know how it ends, it doesn't end well."

There are reports John Howard has been called in to solve the dispute between Abbott and Turnbull.

Abbott won re-election in last year's election on primary votes, with Mathison finishing behind Labor and the Greens with just 11 percent of the vote.


© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017

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