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Josh Frydenberg refuses to speculate about taking leadership of the Liberal Party should the Coalition lose the election

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he is focused on winning his seat of Kooyong and is refusing to play the “game of speculation” about potentially taking over leadership of the Liberal Party.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has refused to entertain suggestions he will become the Liberal Party leader should the Coalition lose the Federal Election.

A nationwide YouGov MRP poll commissioned by The Australian has also predicted Labor will secure a majority government of 80 seats in Parliament if the election was held today.

The poll surveyed 19,000 voters across all 151 electorates in Australia with the Coalition expected to win 63 seats, one Greens MP to be re-elected and seven independents to win seats.

Mr Frydenberg has been touted as a potential future party leader and could challenge for the leadership if the Coalition lose on May 21.

But speaking exclusively to Sky News Australia’s AM Agenda host Peter Stefanovic, Mr Frydenberg refused to be drawn in on the speculation.

“I’m not getting into that game of speculation,” he said.

“What I’m focused on is winning my seat but more importantly than that the Coalition retaining government we have a very strong case for re-election we put it to the Australian people.”

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Mr Frydenberg will first need to defeat Climate 200-backed independent Dr Monique Ryan in his seat of Kooyong before realizing any leadership ambitions of his own.

The YouGov poll also found if the Federal Election was held today the Treasurer would lose his seat to the Simon Holmes a Court-backed independent, who currently trails 53-47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

According to the survey, the Treasurer would enjoy a primary vote of 38 per cent, compared to 28 per cent for Dr Ryan.

But he would come undone with preferences as Labor and the Greens are expected to collect 20 and 11 per cent respectively with their votes likely to be transferred to Dr Ryan.

The poll found Mr Frydenberg requires a three per cent swing towards him in the final week of the campaign for him to retain his seat and potentially become the Liberal leader in the event of a Coalition loss.

The Treasurer admitted the battle for his seat would be “tight” but said he was “encouraged by the positive and warm reaction” he had received at the pre-polling stations this week.

“Let’s be very clear about what the choice is for the local voters in Kooyong; I have worked out for my local community for the last 12 years, I’m from Kooyong and I’m for Kooyong, working with the charities, working with the small businesses, working with the schools and many families,” he said.

“At the same time I have been the Treasurer of Australia during the most significant economic shock since the Great Depression and Australia’s coming out of that economic shock faster and stronger than every other major advanced economy in the world.”

Mr Frydenberg then took aim at Dr Ryan for her lack of detail surrounding her political background and who she would support in the event of a hung parliament.

“On the other side of the ledger is a so-called independent who’s a former long-standing member of the Labor Party who sought to conceal that political background when asked about it by the media,” he said.

“Who’s asking for the community’s vote yet is not prepared to tell the community how they will vote in the event of a hung parliament, has no detailed policies, has got an emissions reduction target but no plan to get there, no costings, no tax policy, not defense policy.

“And we know the chaos and uncertainty that will come with a hung parliament so that’s the clear choice for voters in Kooyong and obviously I’ll be making that case.”

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