Aussies put out their potatoes for Peter Dutton after failed leadership challenge

24 August, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gestures as he takes part in a press conference in Canberra

Abbott deposed Turnbull as leader of the conservative Liberal Party in 2009 over differences in energy policy.

Turnbull defeated Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, the most senior conservative member of the government, 48-35 after he prompted the challenge by declaring leadership of the Liberal Party vacant at a party room meeting on Tuesday morning.

A report in The Australian suggests Mr Turnbull had lost confidence of nine Liberal cabinet ministers - half of the Liberal contingent.

Under a law change Mr Dutton voted for, those centres have been receiving direct subsidies from the government since July 2 this year. "Why, only last Saturday he tweeted to the world ".just to make very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the government".

Asked about a leadership change, Mr Morrison said: "That is not a scenario that I'm anticipating and it's not one that I'm supportive of". The vote came after a sharp fall in opinion poll ratings and talk of a challenge that have raised the possibility of an early election.

Nationals Minister Darren Chester said some MPs would "consider their future" if there was a change of leader.

Indeed, there was something verging on the unsettling to witness a smile creeping across the familiar death's head of this scourge of asylum seekers, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 2014 till 2017, and all-powerful Minister for Home Affairs from past year to this day.

He also said disunity would "create a real risk that Bill Shorten will become Prime Minister".

But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop declared that Mr Turnbull would lead the government to the next election, in a sign she would not add to the destabilisation despite being a potential candidate for the leadership.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survived a leadership challenge from within his own party on August

Dutton did not rule out another challenge as he thanked his colleagues for their support.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will recontest his position. "We could end up with a new prime minister by dinner time tomorrow night".

No Australian prime minister has recovered after a leadership challenge.

Mr Dutton has been in charge of Australia's immigration policy that has resulted in hundreds of New Zealanders living in Australia being deported back has been a source of tension between the two countries home.

Dutton, a conservative who has the support of the powerful right wing of the Liberal Party, resigned from the Cabinet after losing the vote, Turnbull said. Were you anticipating a challenge from Greg Hunt?

Mr Turnbull is believed to have briefed his high-ranking colleagues about the latest adjustments over dinner at the cabinet room in Parliament House on Sunday, after some of them learnt of them through his Facebook page.

Three Liberal marginal seat holders either won't run at election or will resign immediately if Mr Turnbull is rolled, according to The Australian's contributing editor Peter van Onselen. "I very much want to support the government and make sure the Coalition can win the next election".

While stopping short of following the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump and withdrawing from the global climate accord, Australia removed requirements from its National Energy Guarantee plan that would have mandated that greenhouse emissions from its power industry decrease by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. We don't take it for granted, but what I say to all those who didn't vote for the Prime Minister; we now have the opportunity to focus on what the electorate want to hear from us.

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