Malcolm Turnbull to face party room as Peter Dutton considers leadership challenge

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 21, 2018

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the leadership of the government vacant on Tuesday, a spokesman said, setting up a challenge to his position after weeks of speculation and falling opinion poll numbers.

Mr Turnbull confirmed he had "invited" Mr Dutton to remain in the cabinet as Home Affairs minister, but Mr Dutton declined. As with Julia Gillard in 2012, it worked - but won't save him.

"I made a decision not because I had any animosity towards Malcolm Turnbull, I made a decision to contest this ballot because I want to make sure we can keep Bill Shorten from ever being Prime Minister of this country".

"This is a narcissistic government consumed with their own jobs and their own struggles and they have forgotten the people of Australia", Mr Shorten said.

"Voters will do what they always do they react very badly to internal tensions, to disunity", Mr. Economou said.

Mr. Dutton supporters say the former police drug squad detective could have amassed enough support to successfully challenge for the leadership on Thursday before Parliament takes a two-week break and lawmakers won't gather again until September 10.

Following increasing pressure on his leadership and a series of public and confusing capitulations on federal energy policy, Turnbull announced to a Liberal party room meeting in Canberra that he was vacating the leadership, paving the way for a vote.

Turnbull's position remains in jeopardy despite surviving Dutton's leadership challenge, stoking expectations of further political instability in a country that has seen six different leaders since 2009.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton.

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

Frydenberg said voters were exhausted of governments repeatedly changing their prime ministers.

Abbott alleged that even while the party room meeting was underway, someone was leaking news about MP Warren Entsch successfully laying into Abbott.

The opposition launched a blistering attack on the prime minister in Question Time before calling for a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Mr Shorten's speech received a boisterous reception from the Labor side of the house.

However, those who didn't support it threatened to "cross the floor" - that is, vote against it in Parliament.

"If they can't win the centre, they'll lose and lose badly".

Australia's prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the backflip showed his successor was willing to abandon his core beliefs.

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

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