Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected claims the Turnbull government's energy policy is dead Camera Icon Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected claims the Turnbull government's energy policy is dead
Sherry Houston | 21 August, 2018, 04:57

Supporters of Mr Dutton believe the required 43 votes need to topple Mr Turnbull can be found, however the prime minister appears to still believe he has the numbers.

Australia's election is set to be held in the middle of next year.

Peter Dutton to challenge Malcolm Turnbull.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said earlier Mr Dutton had told him the prime minister has his absolute support.

The next day Tony Abbott challenged but then declared he would back Joe Hockey.

Mr Dutton has now resigned his powerful position as Home Affairs minister and will move to the backbench, in keeping with the tradition of cabinet solidarity.

Three years later, Australia's first woman prime minister was gone when Rudd finally took his revenge after a failed 2012 coup attempt.

Turnbull's move may relieve immediate pressure on his leadership, though internal peace is seen as fragile as the government's re-election prospects look dim.

The concerns have been fuelled by fear among Queensland seat holders, who have been thrown into a panic after the plunge in the Liberal National Party vote in the recent Longman byelection.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said she would not support legislation that allowed government's to reduce emissions targets through regulation, opening up another battle for the government in the Senate if it fails to secure Labor's support.

The relatively narrow victory may not spell the end of Mr Dutton's leadership ambitions.

'I think this stability in our government has helped key outcomes like the strong performance we had on jobs'.

The disunity came to a head on Monday when Turnbull was forced to shelve plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law after a revolt by fellow Liberal politicians.

"If we are fighting amongst ourselves, guess what, when the voters go to the election, they'll mark us down as they should", Mr Laundy said.

"I'm certain he is telling the truth", he told the Nine Network. But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling.

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