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Peter Dutton delivers mortal blow to Turnbull in first installment of #libspill

21 August 2018

Mr Turnbull forced his rival to show his hand by declaring all leadership positions vacant as soon as the party room meeting started this morning.

Mr Dutton faced the media after losing a sudden Liberal leadership ballot 35 votes to Mr Turnbull's 48. Julie Bishop remains deputy prime minister after her position was uncontested.

It is likely Mr Dutton will be relying on the support of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his right-wing supporters, who are angered at Malcolm Turnbull's moderate policy direction on the National Energy Guarantee.

While Turnbull has won the day, the battle for the leadership of the party is not over. However, Mr Turnbull has consistently rated higher than Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

"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.

"It is always orderly in our party room", Marino said.

Nearly half the party doesn't support him and don't want him as prime minister.

He said he would now "do what I can as a backbencher to make sure that I support the government", but despite repeated questions from journalists he did not rule out launching another tilt at the leadership.

By June 2013, he brought her down with a second challenge, prevailing 57 votes to 45 after Labor's primary vote in Newspoll had fallen to a dangerously low 29 per cent.

"That was not to be today and I understand and I respect the outcome and I fully support the Prime Minister and the Cabinet".

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It is the latest chapter in a turbulent period for Australian politics.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the resignation would not have any impact on the issues the government continues to raise across the ditch.

Abbott was then unseated in a party coup by Turnbull in 2015.

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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. We won and you lost.

If Senator Cormann switched his support to Mr Dutton, a number of WA MPs would be expected to follow his lead.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ditched plans for the country to reach emissions targets aimed at combatting climate change.

"What we want to know is: Where are this prime minister's convictions?". Mr. Abbott told the ABC outside Parliament House on Monday night.

"It was a conversion of convenience this morning", Abbott added.

Damian Drum, a lawmaker in The Nationals' party, a junior coalition partner, called on Mr. Abbott to resign from Parliament instead of destabilizing the government.

Peter Dutton delivers mortal blow to Turnbull in first installment of #libspill