Tony Abbott praises John Key for joining fight against 'death cult'

Australia's under-fire Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised John Key for helping fight the ISIS "death cult".

Mr Abbott, who could be heading home to another battle for his leadership, spent a little over 24 hours in New Zealand and confirmed that his government is considering a joint training operation in Iraq to help Iraqi security forces fight ISIS.

Australia is already sending 600 soldiers to Iraq, while NZ has promised 143.

Mr Key came under plenty of fire for his decision to put NZ troops back into the Middle East country, but Mr Abbott was resolute in his support.

"Good on John Key for standing up to this particular battle because the death cult is real and reaching out to the world," he said.

They also talked about a new agreement on sharing the history of criminals to prevent them falling through the cracks when deported home.

The media agenda, however, was more focused on Mr Abbott's position.

"I'm undistracted and undeterred by the hyperventilating by the media," he insisted.

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott thanked John Key for standing up to the ISIS ‘death cult’. Source: 1 NEWS

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