U-turns leave Malcolm Turnbull on the ropes and facing coup


Turnbull threw all leadership positions in the Liberal Party open early Tuesday, inviting challengers to nominate themselves for party leader.

This morning Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said he was certain Mr Turnbull had the confidence of the party.

The deputy positions were unchallenged, with Liberal Party deputy leader Julie Bishop retaining her position.

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

Labor's Kevin Rudd became the second Australian prime minister to be dumped while in office when Julia Gillard rolled him in 2010 just before an election.

Energy bills rose by up to six times the average wage rise past year according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. "I will support what the government does, I will support what Malcolm does".

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He said the leading conservative has "no intention of challenging Malcolm Turnbull.but if you have other information directly from the horse's mouth, then you can say so".

On Monday Turnbull had declared he had Dutton's "full support".

The Turnbull government has lost 38 consecutive Newspolls to the opposition Labor party, exceeding the 30 Newspoll mark the prime minister set for Tony Abbott when he deposed him as Liberal leader and prime minister in September 2015. I've spoken to nearly all the cabinet ministers from the Liberal Party.

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.

"Isn't it the case that when-ever it comes to a choice between his principles and his job, this Prime Minister stands for nothing at all", Mr Shorten said.

While the challenge over the prime ministership was ostensibly about energy policy, the true source of the leadership tensions goes much deeper. The very next day, Abbott publicly challenged Turnbull, and won.