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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target to prevent conservative revolt

Australia Politics Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull centre has abandoned legislation to limit greenhouse emissions
Sherry Houston | 24 August, 2018, 03:48

MALCOLM Turnbull is steeling himself for the next assault, with Peter Dutton thought to be preparing for a second challenge on the leadership.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has survived a leadership challenge - for now.

He was criticised by Liberal Warren Entsch, who reportedly "got stuck into" Mr Abbott in the joint party room meeting.

Mr Dutton launched a media campaign to reach out to Australian voters on Wednesday morning, going on Melbourne radio to call for a royal commission into fuel and energy prices.

"This was a trial run and I expect them (Dutton and supporters) to do it again in September", he told AFP, adding that it was all about "revenge and ego".

"There is a high transaction cost from changing leaders".

The Home Affairs Minister is on Monday expected to attend a scheduled Cabinet meeting, which is likely to also touch on the company tax cuts stand-off. However, he has said to me - and we have had a good discussion about it here in my office - he said to me that he doesn't feel he can remain in the Cabinet, having challenged me for the leadership of the party.

"[Foreign Minister] Julie Bishop was the one person who nominated for that role and she's the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party".

Disunity undermines the ability of a government to get its job done and we can not allow internal issues to undermine our work, or to create a real risk that Bill Shorten will be the prime minister.

This simple exposure of his infrequently seen happy look made clear he will not relent in his ambition to eject Malcolm Turnbull from the prime minister's office.

Dutton has since announced that he will step down as Home Affairs and Immigration Minister.

When he was asked whether he would make another tilt for the leadership, Dutton wouldn't rule it out.

Under the Australian system, as in the United Kingdom, the prime minister is not directly elected by voters but is the leader of the party or coalition that can command a majority in parliament.

Mr Dutton also watered down speculation of a challenge.

The PM won by just 13 votes - 48 to 35 - meaning 42 percent of his partyroom voted against him, and only seven votes would need to switch for him to lose the support of his partyroom. "They can't just be demanded", Mr Abbott told the party room.

Turnbull declared the leader of the government open earlier on Tuesday amid a backbench uprising as opinion polls showed the government on course for a heavy election defeat by the opposition Labor party.

Mr Turnbull's risky move may have backfired as it exposes the weakness of his position and the size of the split between the two factions of the Liberal Party.

Mr Dutton represents Dickson, a marginal seat in the south east.

Abbott and Dutton contend that the long-term framework should ditch global commitments to reduce emissions and meet climate change targets, and focus instead on keeping energy prices low for consumers.

"I do think there is a danger for him", said University of Sydney professor Anne Twomey.

"There are members of Parliament. who want power prices down, who want to end Labor's emissions obsession, who are not worshipping at the altar of the climate change gods, and who are prepared to stand up for traditional Liberal conservative values", Abbott said earlier in August on Sky News Australia. 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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