Turnbull Dutton Leadership Vote

Turnbull Dutton Leadership Vote

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared the leadership vacant and will officially recontest his position against Peter Dutton.

Turnbull called the vote at the Liberal party room meeting, declaring the leadership vacant, and Dutton nominated as the only candidate.

Choosing to back down on the emissions legislation shows that Mr Turnbull wants to avoid testing his support in a parliamentary vote.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defeated Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in a leadership spill.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has resigned from the government frontbench after his failed leadership challenge.

Mr Turnbull said he would not proceed with the emissions target - part of his National Energy Guarantee (NEG) - because it had no prospect of passing through the House of Representatives, where he has only a slim majority.

Mr Dutton attended Mr Turnbull's office on Tuesday morning, shortly before the prime minister made the leadership announcement.

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Tony Abbott will say something. She claimed government after 17 days of negotiation to win crossbench support.

"I'm certain he is telling the truth", he told the Nine Network.

Just seven of his Liberal Party colleagues would need to switch to end what is now an unviable leadership internally and by virtue of that, a dishonest product to be put before the electoral market place. "It's about policy and what we've got to get is a contest", Mr Abbott told reporters.

Even former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, a staunch critic of Mr Turnbull's direction on energy prices, has been in his corner.

"What we've seen here is a prime minister who has clearly listened to concerns", Mr Joyce said.

Mr Dutton tweeted on Saturday that he supported the prime minister.

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll highlights the malaise.

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