Friday, 19 October, 2018

Australian PM Turnbull survives party leadership challenge

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All leadership positions were declared vacant before the vote, but Julie Bishop also remains as deputy after an uncontested vote.

"I've spoken to him directly and he's told me he supports Malcolm Turnbull", Pyne said.

Under headlines such as "PM's leadership on knife edge" major papers said some government members were gauging support for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to replace Turnbull.

In a vote carried out this morning, Mr Turnbull won the challenge to decide the leadership of the Liberal Party and the government 48 votes to 35, after earlier declaring the Liberal leadership vacant.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Turnbull was paying the price for making policy on the fly.

Dutton put his hand up to challenge Turnbull for the top job after the PM's risky move to take control of the party.

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

Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

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The leadership talk was fueled by an Ipsos poll published in Fairfax newspapers, which showed support for Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition falling four points to 45 percent, 10 points behind opposition party Labor and enough for a crushing electoral defeat.

Mr Pyne described his Liberal colleagues stoking leadership tensions as "cowards".

Small Business Minister Craig Laundy warns that would go down like a lead balloon. The Prime Minister's victory was wafer-thin.

"We are not going to propose legislation purely for the goal of it being defeated", he said.

It has been widely reported that Dutton is still considering a challenge. He later returned the favour and stormed back to power in 2013 shortly before losing the election to Tony Abbott's Liberal/National coalition.

The embattled prime minister has faced serious questions over his leadership in the past week amid changes to his National Energy Guarantee policy.

"I think that would be a good thing for the nation, because something has to change, this is chaos in the parliament at the moment", Mr Albanese told Sky News.

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