Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Turnbull survives leadership contest but battle far from over

Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected claims the Turnbull government's energy policy is dead Camera Icon Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected claims the Turnbull government's energy policy is dead
| 21 August, 2018, 04:53

Party whip Nola Marino confirmed Mr Turnbull won 48 votes to 35 for Mr Dutton. The next election is due by 2019.

Peter Dutton received 35 votes, a significant chunk he could build on going forward.

"He's told me Malcolm Turnbull has his absolute support", Pyne told the Sunrise host.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who challenged Turnbull for leadership, has resigned.

The contest came suddenly during a closed-door Liberal partyroom meeting when Mr Turnbull declared the leadership positions vacant, forcing challengers to declare their intentions.

Three years later, Australia's first woman prime minister was gone when Rudd finally took his revenge after a failed 2012 coup attempt. He called a spill in February 2015, but it wasn't until September that Malcolm Turnbull finally moved after Abbott had lost 32 Newspolls in a row.


But the bill had support from lawmakers outside Turnbull's center-right Liberal Party, and it appears likely that the leader is caving to pressure from conservative members of his own party, according to the Times. I think he probably still is.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said she would not support legislation that allowed government's to reduce emissions targets through regulation, opening up another battle for the government in the Senate if it fails to secure Labor's support.

Gary Spence, LNP president in Queensland, urged federal MPs to replace Mr Turnbull with Mr Dutton, arguing he would do better at defending the Coalition's nine marginal seats in the state.

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.

He told Sky News on Monday: 'Peter Dutton is doing a very good job, Malcolm Turnbull is doing a good job, I think people now want this to settle down'.

There was also a vote on the deputy leadership but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was the only candidate, despite speculation that Health Minister Greg Hunt had his eyes on the post.

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