Turnbull sees off leadership challenge from Peter Dutton

21 August, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's assurances did not go far in quelling leadership speculation

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who challenged Turnbull for leadership, has resigned.

"I've spoken to him directly and he's told me he supports Malcolm Turnbull", Pyne said. Climate groups anxious that the National Energy Guarantee would not do enough to combat climate change. Australians can not reasonably be asked to put their trust in Turnbull at the next election if he can not even claim that from close to half of his own colleagues. She claimed government after 17 days of negotiation to win crossbench support. Four months later on June 26, Gillard called Rudd's bluff again at 4pm and was gone in a caucus vote a couple of hours later.

Abbott led the Liberal-National coalition to a storming victory over Rudd's Labor in 2013.

The vote comes a day after Ten News revealed a possible section 44 constitutional cloud over Dutton's business interests which could make him ineligible to sit in parliament.

"My view is my view", he said when asked where his personal support lay.

Mr Dutton's camp believes it could get to the 43 votes needed to oust Mr Turnbull, but the prime minister's backers says he still had majority partyroom support.

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

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'We've had a great period of stability over the past three years. I think he probably still is.

Fellow MPs from Mr Dutton's home state of Queensland are also understood to have been encouraged to turn on Mr Turnbull.

Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a possible leadership challenge before Turnbull on Monday announced the removal of emission reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy.

The prime minister declared the leadership vacant after entering the party room with his deputy Julie Bishop shortly after 9am on Tuesday morning.

Mr Abbott said: 'It's no way to run a government, making absolute commitments on Tuesday and breaking them on Friday'.

"That is what people are telling me and that is what the government wants to do", he said.

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