Turnbull Dutton Leadership Vote

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But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling.

"He has given me his absolute support", Turnbull said of Dutton.

Mr Dutton has now resigned from his Home Affairs portfolio, creating a big gap in Cabinet that Mr Turnbull will have to fill.

Peter Dutton is contesting Malcolm Turnbull for the leadership of the Liberal party in a party room meeting.

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's original energy policy, which was trying to deliver cheaper energy, more reliability and lower emissions, enjoyed broad support - even in his party room.

Mr Turnbull's risky move may have backfired as it exposes the weakness of his position and the size of the split between the two factions of the Liberal Party.

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

Manafort trial moves to defence as prosecutors wrap up
Neither side gave any indication what the issue was, but the judge indicated that it would be revealed after the trial was over. As a political consultant for pro-Kremlin politicians in the Ukraine, Manafort earned some $60 million between 2010 and 2014.

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.

Coincidentally, Turnbull as opposition leader in November 2009 faced a spill motion.

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

Small Business Minister Craig Laundy warns that would go down like a lead balloon. The very next day, Abbott publicly challenged Turnbull, and won.

It follows the prime minister's major backdown on his National Energy Guarantee on Monday, removing climate change targets from the planned legislation.

Mr Turnbull told reporters earlier on Monday he had the confidence of Mr Dutton, the cabinet and the partyroom.

The dissent has been actively fomented by Tony Abbott and his supporters.

"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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